New Venue for Magic,
Music & Entertainment

Since 2001, Dickens Parlour Theater has been making magic on the shores of Delaware and Maryland. We are excited to announce that we are breaking ground on a brand new, expanded location in Ocean View, Delaware.  The new Dickens Parlour Theatre will provide a dinner theater environment and will delight its audiences with all forms of entertainment including their renown top class magicians as well as a variety of musical performances and theatrical shows. Our expanded seating provides more flexibility for larger and more creative acts.


Join Dickens VIP Club for Special Treatment

Buy VIP memberships and be the first to acquire pre-purchased tickets and get first dibs on gift certificates. All existing purchases of this nature will be honored in the new facility. In the near future, hopefully before the end of the year, we will be distributing a seating chart for you to review and consider the available options. VIP Members will get exclusive offerings and receive priority seating The unique cabaret facility will be available for functions such as weddings, birthday parties, meetings and gatherings.



Donate a Brick & Give Back to Your Community

Buy a commemorative brick to help the new Dickens Parlour Theatre thrive and provide the joy of entertainment to tourists and locals in Bethany Beach. Be part of the our magical community by having your name etched in brick on our new walkway or celebrate someone in your life or donate in memory of a loved one. By sponsoring a brick, you will be helping Dickens Parlour Theatre to grow and thrive, while we provide a world class entertainment venue available all year round at the beach.



Richard & Sue Bloch

Founders of the Dickens Parlour Theatre

Rich Bloch

Richard Bloch

Magician, Actor, Attorney,
Father & Grandfather
Sue Bloch

Sue Bloch

Lawyer, Professional Author,
Mother & Grandmother

The owners of Dickens Parlour Theatre, Rich and Sue Bloch, differ, even today, as to which of them was the more reluctant to chance a blind date in 1960, arranged by their families and friends. (They agreed to start the evening at 10:00 p.m.: Sue was a cheerleader and didn’t want to be seen at the basketball game with a geek that night. Rich had a date earlier in the evening.)

Rich was knocked out by the new acquaintance. He told his Mom he intended to marry Sue. The record supports the conclusion that Sue was, perhaps, less impressed at the time. According to her diary, she “met a nice guy tonight – Rich BLACK.”

After a college courtship, they were married in 1966. Rich hadn’t told Sue of his life-long romance with Magic: That was a secret that saw the light of day after their two kids were born. Over the years, Rich earned a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth, and an MBA and Law Degree at the University of Michigan. Sue graduated from Smith College. Then, while at Michigan, Sue collected a Masters in Math. And another Masters and PHc in Computer Science. And a Law Degree. It follows, therefore, (doesn’t it?) that they would start a Magic Theatre.

By converting an oversized garage, Rich and Sue were able to open Dickens Parlour Theatre in 2010. Rich put his arm on his Magic friends he had met on cruise ships and stages around the world. Sue, for her part, would (and still does) shed the academic robes of her position as Prof. of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law Center to appear with Rich as the inimitable “Miss Direction”.

Rich and Sue are delighted to have you join us to enjoy the vision that realizes the fun, camaraderie, mystery and joy that Dickens Parlour Theatre is all about. WELCOME!


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