‘Mr. Swindle’s Touring Peculiarium’ coming to Boston this fall with old-timey leisure and drinks


The live show The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden—an attraction that combines acrobats, vaudeville comedy and beer drinking—is coming to Boston October 12 through November. 6 for performing under a circus tent at the Harpoon Brewery in the seaport.

“The moment you enter the marquee foyer of The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium, you are instantly transported back in time to a turn-of-the-century traveling medicine show,” co-producer and co-writer Allison Blei said in a press release. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek, Barnumesque mini-melodrama” centered on “classic vintage entertainment.”

The 90-minute show, intended for adults, features live acrobats and variety comedy led by a character named BS Swindler. From an hour and a half before the performance begins, you can go to Dr. Elixir’s Drink-Ory Garden Enjoy food and drink including The Swindler, a new beer from Harpoon Brewery created for the show. According to a press release, other Harpoon beers will also be available.

“We’re excited to host our first-ever theatrical experience at Harpoon Brewery to give our fans a whole new way to love beer,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery, in a press release.

The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden debuted in Florida in 2018, Blei said in a statement, and the show’s creators have spent the last few years working on various iterations before making their first trip out of state to Boston launched this fall. The show is an original production by Salto Entertainment, the Florida-based group behind shows like Moto Maniacs and FLIPPIN.

Tickets to The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden start at $70 and are available at mrswindles.com or by calling 941-445-7309.

Sam Trottenberg can be reached at sam.trottenberg@globe.com.