Chicago’s very best story-telling theatre troupe
— Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times

The House Theatre of Chicago is the co-creator and producer of The Magic Parlour starring House Company Member and third-generation magician Dennis Watkins. The House is Chicago's premier home for intimate experiences of epic story and stagecraft. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular art form.

The House Theatre of Chicago is a not-for-profit organization. In addition to The Magic Parlour, The House performs original plays in residence at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Now celebrating its 15th year of original work, The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

The House Theatre of Chicago has partnered with Dennis Watkins to produce many magical theatrical experiences in its 15 year history. Most notably The House’s hit show Death & Harry Houdini (with multiple sold-out runs in Chicago and a production at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL), The Magic Parlour, and Watkins’ original play, The Magnificents (with two Chicago runs, and a run in Miami).

In the summer of 2016, The House again presented Dennis Watkins in Death & Harry Houdini, featuring the stunning Water Torture Cell escape!

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