Murder at the Mansion: Clue Live!

June 4, 2018 (Last Updated: January 17, 2020)
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A group of people posing for the camera

Clue is my absolute favorite board game. It’s such a classic, and I’ve enjoyed playing it ever since I was too young to really understand strategy. When I learned last year that a local acting troupe conducts a Mystery Cafe experience based on Clue, I was ready to sign up!

A sign that says Murder at the Mansion

Due to its popularity, tickets for Murder at the Mansion: Clue Live sell out rapidly. We purchased tickets last September for a date in March. Please excuse the snow 🙂 This post is a few months late.

a large brick building with snow in front

Head First Events, the group that hosts Clue Live rents out the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA. It’s the perfect setting for real life Clue. It’s a gorgeous estate that doubles at Mr. Boddy’s mansion, the location of his gruesome and unexpected murder.

A room with wood paneling
Gun Room

It is up to us, Mr. Boddy’s dinner guests, to question suspects in various rooms throughout the mansion to decipher clues and hopefully solve the mystery of who murdered Mr. Boddy, with what weapon, and in what room. Sounds like fun, and we haven’t even gotten started yet!

a room filled with dining tables and chairs
The Living Room, where we would be dining

Murder at the Mansion is more than just entertainment and an interactive Clue game. Think of it as dinner theater, because a full buffet meal is included in your ticket, and the actors portraying the suspects are quite hilarious. We laughed so much!

a dining room with a large fireplace

The mystery changes for each event, so even if you attend more than one of these dinners it will still be a new puzzle to solve each and every time.

a light fixture hanging from the ceiling

Tickets are $79.95 per person, and totally worth it in my opinion. It’s a meal, an experience, and bloody good entertainment. And since this is a food blog, I’m happy to share a little bit more about the menu offerings.

A dining room table

The evening begins with a cocktail hour with alcoholic beverages for purchase, a cheese and fruit platter, and a sliced fruit platter.

a large cheese and fruit platter

I didn’t partake much of the fruit, but enjoyed a nice variety of cheeses, along with my glass of Prosecco.

A plate of cheese, crackers, and cured meat

a cheese plate and a glass of sparkling wine

This is a good opportunity to get some snacks, libations, and of course schmooze with the other guests, including our soon-to-be-suspects Mrs. White, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock.

A man dressed as Colonel Mustard from Clue

men dressed as Professor Plum and Colonel Mustard from Clue

a woman dressed as Mrs. Peacock from Clue

The actors for these roles can change from week to week, but when we were there our favorite characters were Colonel Mustard and Mrs. White. Both cracked us up throughout the evening.

A woman dressed as Mrs. White from Clue

a woman posing with Mrs. White from Clue
Selfie with Mrs. White!

A dinner buffet is served next. The menu is consistent throughout the year, so here’s a look at our options.

a food menu on a screen

I didn’t take photos in the buffet line because it was kind of crowded and slow-moving, and I didn’t want to be that person, so instead I’ll just share my selections.

plates of food from a buffet

I’m not usually much of a salad person, but the salad was pretty good. It offset the heaviness of some of the other menu items, so it was very welcome.

A plate of salad

I sampled quite a few of the buffet items. The carved beef was one of the highlights. It was very tender and juicy, and was served with horseradish and jus. The broiled Thai glazed salmon was also very good, and nicely seasoned. I enjoyed various sides including the pasta salad, roasted potatoes, mozzarella and tomato salad, penne with sun-dried tomatoes and vodka sauce, olives, rolls and butter.

A plate of food from a buffet

After getting quite full on a surprisingly delicious dinner buffet, dessert was served. The tuxedo cake definitely hit the spot.

A slice of cake on a plate

All in all, I was pretty impressed by what could have been a lackluster meal. For a meal that is part of a night of entertainment, the food was great, and whatever caterer they use for these events doesn’t disappoint. After the completion of our meal, suddenly Mr. Boddy’s lifeless body was found, and it was up to us to solve the crime!

A close up of text on a white background

I don’t want to give too much away at this point, because it could ruin the experience for anyone who wants to try this for themselves. I will simply say that our experience was so enjoyable, that my sister actually booked another ticket for her and her husband to come back in December! It was really such a fun experience, and the delicious meal didn’t hurt either. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys the game of Clue, or mystery-solving in general.

Murder at the Mansion: Clue Live
MIT Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
https://www.headfirstevents.com/shows/mansion-mystery-clue-live/

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