Thursday, October 15, 2015

Medieval Manor in Boston Is Closing

A landmark theater and restaurant that features Middle Ages-themed musical comedy along with dinner and drinks is going to be closing.

An email sent this morning indicates that the Medieval Manor in Boston's South End is shutting its doors at the end of the year, with the website for the E Berkeley Street spot confirming this. The email says that "after 42 years and nearly 13,000 performances we will be closing our doors this December....Thank you for fooling around during dinner. We will miss you very much." No reason has been given for the closure of the Medieval Manor at this point in time.

[October 16 update: Universal Hub reports that Medieval Manor owner Don Akin says he is closing the place because "We were not able to keep up with the rising cost of business," with rising rents being at least one of those costs. Akin does say positive things about the landlord, however, mentioning that "The past five years, he's been so patient with us," and he also says that the landlord may look to bring in a similar type of theater rather than selling to a developer.]

[November 10 update: A licensing board page within the City of Boston website indicates that the Medieval Manor is petitioning to transfer its liquor license to the upcoming Bar Mezzana, which will be located one block north within the Sepia condo building in the Ink Block. (See article on Bar Mezzana here.)]

[December 8 update: According to its website, Medieval Manor has added shows on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for its final month because its Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows are either sold out or close to being sold out.]

The Medieval Manor has been a popular spot for birthday parties, reunions, corporate events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more over the years, with its website saying that the comedic roots of its interactive dinner theater are in "vaudeville and burlesque."

The address for this soon-to-close theater and restaurant is: Medieval Manor, 246 E Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at

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