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THE SEASON OF 1871-72 

FOR the season of 1871-72 the programme read as follows : 
Thayer and Tompkins, Proprietors. J. B. Booth, Lessee 
and Manager. The Company : Louis Aldrich, C. Leslie Allen, 
D. J. Maguinnis, W. H. Pope, A. Leonard, W. H. Norton, 
Shirley France, J. J. Sullivan, 
J. H. Connor, J. W. Hague, 
G. W. Wilson, F. Rooney, J. 
D. Russell, L. R. Stockwell, 
J. F. L'Estrange, Mrs. J. B. 
Booth, Mrs. Charles Poole, Ra- 
chel Noah, May Davis, Dora 
Goldthwaite, Marie Uart, Annie 
Winslow, Emma Smiley, Misses 
Morse, Oakley, and Carter. 
George Tirrell, Scenic Artist ; 
W. P. Prescott, Machinist; J. 
B. Sullivan, Propertyman ; Geo. 

Wilkinson, Gas Engineer ; Charlotte Gilbert, Costumer ; W. 
H. Daly, Prompter; N. Lothian, Leader of Orchestra; John 
M.Ward, Treasurer; H. A. M'Glenen, Business Agent. 

George W. Wilson remained here four seasons, going in 
1876 to the Boston Museum, where he remained several years, 
ranking as one of the best character comedians in the country. 

John W. Hague also became very well known as a character 


Grand Duke Alexis 


Charles Fisher 

actor, his best-known work being 
with Louis Aldrich in "My Part- 
ner." Emma Smiley afterward be- 
came the wife of D. J. Maguinnis. 
They had but one child, a boy, and 
parents and son have now been 
dead for some years. 

J. J. Sullivan married Katie 
Putnam a few years later and 
became her manager. 

W. C. Pope was afterward billed 
sometimes as W. Pope Cooke, and 
oftener as R. Pope Cooke. 

J. D. Russell, whose real name 
was J. R. Clark, played here 
in small parts for several years 
under the names of Arnott, Dut- 
ton, Russell, and Clarke. He later or- 
ganized a troupe of grotesque danc- 
ers, known as the Girards, who 
met with great success in America, 
Europe, and Australia. He died of 
consumption in Boston in 1876, at 
the very time that the Girards with- 
out him were making a furore in 

Another man of like name who was 
in the company for several years was 
J. Stuart Clarke, who has since left 
the profession and become identified 


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THE SEASON OF 1871-72 

with the oil lousiness, where he is known as an expert in oils 
and oil machinery. 

H. A. M'Glenen, the business agent, had previously heen 
connected with the theatre, but had gone 
with the exodus to Selwyn's. From this 
time, however, until his death, on March 
24, 1894, he remained at the Boston. 
During his later years he was probably 

the best-known 

theatrical man 

in Boston and 

numbered his 

friends by 

thousands, as 

was attested 

by the size of his annual benefits. 

The attendance at his funeral was 

only rivaled in numbers by that at 

the last rites 

of William 

W. H. Delehanty 

Victor Capoiil 

Warren and Dan Maguinnis. 

The season began with a series of 
dramas of the cheaper sort, such as 
would be seen in the minor theatres 
nowadays. G. Swaine Buckley, for- 
merly at the head of Buckley's Sere- 
naders, opened on Tuesday, August 
1. in "On the Track," appearing 
during the course of the play in sev- 
eral different characters, and intro- 


Thomas Hengler 


ducing his unique specialty, " Music on the Brain," in which 

he played on numerous musical in- 
struments at the same time. He 
remained a fortnight, and was fol- 
\ lowed on August 14 by Joseph 
Proctor in "Nick of the Woods," 
"Ambition," and "O'Neill," for 
one week. 

Little Nell, the California Dia- 
mond, was 
seen the week 
of August 21 
in " K a t y 
Did," a play 
of the school 
made popular 

by Lotta, in which she introduced her 

banjo - playing. charles Wlieatleigh 

Little Nell, the California Dia- 
mond, Helene Dauvray 

Jobn H. Selwyn 

She afterward 

retired from the stage for several 
years and went abroad for an edu- 
cation, returning to America in 
1885, when under her own name 
of Helene Dauvi'ay she made a dis- 
tinct success in Bronson Howard's 
play, "One of Our Girls." 

D. L. Morris, the broken-German 
comedian, in his play, " Dollars," 
was seen for five nights beginning 
August 28. 


THE SEASON OF 1871-72 

Joseph Murphy in the protean drama, "Help," opened on 
Saturday evening, September 2, and played throughout the 
ensuing week. jNIr. Murphy had 
previously been one of the pro- 
prietors of Cotton and Murphy's 
Minstrels, and in this play he 
made a feature of the bone solo 
which he played while imper- 
sonatino- a neoro character. 


the Maid 

of the 


Tree Inn," President Grant 

a drama 

which Dion Boucicault had contracted 
to write for Lotta but had been un- 
able to finish on time and had there- 
fore returned 
the money 
advanced by 
her, to continue the work at his 
leisure, was produced on Septem- 
ber 11 for two weeks with mem- 
bers of Wallack's Theatre Com- 
pany in the cast, including Effie 
Germon, Charles Wheatleigh, and 
Charles Fisher. 

Lydia Thompson followed on 
September 25 for two weeks, pre- 


Christine Nilsson 


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Effie Germon 


senting "Lurline," "Bluebeard," "The Princess of Trebi- 
zonde," and "Sinbad." Harry Beckett, Willie Edouin. John 
Brver. Hetty Tracy. Carlotta Zerbini, Eliza and Jennie 
Weathersby, Camille Dubois, Tilly Earl, and other favorites 
were in the company. 

The Strakosch Grand Italian Opera Company began a two 
weeks' season on October 9, with Christine Nilsson, Annie 
Louise Gary, Leon Duval, Victor Capoul, Jamet, Brignoli, 
Ronconi, and Barre as principals. There were no novelties 
in their repertoire. 

On Saturday evening. October 14. a benefit was given for 
the sufferers by the great Chicago fire, at which appeared 
Annie Louise Cary, Leon Duval, Mrs. J. B. Booth, Louis 
Aldrich, Victor Capoul, Brignoli. D. J. Maguinnis. W. H. 
Pope, G. S. Tukey, and others. President U. S. Grant and 
suite attended on this occasion. 

Yankee Locke played "Ten Nights in a Bar Room" on 
Saturday evening, October 2L 

George Vandenhoff lectured on "Woman" on Sunday 
evening, October 22. 

Edwin Booth followed on October 23 with three weeks of his 
tragic repertoire. 

Gideon Haynes, warden of the Charlestown State Prison, 
lectured on "Prison Life" on Sunday evening. October 29. 

Reverend Athanase Coquerel spoke on "Reformers Past 
and Present" on Sunday evening, November 5. 

Lotta appeared for two weeks beginning November 13 in 
her favorite plays, to which she had added "The Rainbow." 

Mile. Morlacchi. assisted by the Majilton Family of 
grotesque dancers, opened on November 27 in "The French 



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THE SEASON OF 1871-7 2 

Spy," which ran for the greater part of two weeks. Joseph 
Heine, the Wind vioHnist, ap- 
peared on Sunday, December 3, 

The Grand Duke Alexis of 
Russia visited Boston in Decem- 
ber, 1871, and was received with 
much attention by the citizens, 
the culminating point of their 
entertaining being the grand ball 
which was given in the Boston 
Theatre on the evening of Fri- 
day, December 8, when the au- 
ditorium was floored over for 
dancing and the entire interior Kate Sautiey 

was lavishly decorated. This 

was one of the most magnificent occasions that the city has 
ever known and was a success in every respect. 

Morlacchi and the Majiltons con- 
tinued for the week of December 11 
in "The Wizard Skiff," D. J. Maguin- 
nis and the company also playing 
"O'Flanagan and the Fairies." For 
the last three days of the week Harry 
Jackson was added to the bill in the 
protean comedietta, "Heads of the 
People." in which he impersonated 
Napoleon I, King William of Prussia, 
Madame Dumpling, a " Dwarf French 
Opera Singer"; Susan Squall, an Old 

Eliza Weathersby 


E. A. Sothern and Amy Roselle 

Woman ; Sam Wax, a Drunken Cobbler ; and Bret Harte's 

Heathen Chinee. He also 
gave imitations of Charles 
Fechter, Edwin Forrest, 
Charlotte Cushman, Stuart 
Robson, and others. 

E. A. Sothern, supported 
by Amy Roselle, Charles 
Wheatleigh, and the regular 
company, presented " Our 
American Cousin" for three 
weeks, commencing Decem- 
ber 18. 

Edith O'Gorman, the es- 
caped nun, lectured on "Convent Life" 

on Sunday evening, January 7, 1872. 
English opera followed on January 8, 

1872, the prominent artists being Pa- 

repa Rosa, Jennie Van Zandt, Mr. and 

Mrs. Seguin, Clara Doria, Tom Karl, 

Gus Hall, Aynsley Cook, William Cas- 
tle, and S. C. Campbell. This company 

remained three weeks, presenting for 

novelties, " Satanella," " La Gazza La- 

dra" (The Maid and the Magpie), and 

"The Water Carrier." 

Frank Mayo, supported by Charles T. 

Parsloe and the stock company, played a 

fortnight's engagement in " The Streets 

of New York," closing on February 17. chiistme Nilsson as Mignon 


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THE SEASON OF 1871-72 

Delehanty and Hengler and the Midget Sniffen introduced 
their specialties in the Union Square scene. 

The Strakosch Itahan Opera Company returned on Febru- 
ary 19 for a fortnight's stay, during which time Ambroise 
Thomas's opera, "Mignon" had its first three presentations in 
Boston. Christine Nilsson assumed the title role, Mile. Leon 
Duval, Victor Capoul, Feretti, and Jamet being also in the cast. 
On the afternoon and evening of February 22 and the even- 
ing of February 24, William Creswick was seen in " Old Noll," 
and on the evening of February 29 he played "Hamlet." 

"The Black Crook" received its first presentation in this 
theatre on March 4, 1872, although it had an extended run 
at the Continental Theatre, some years previously. The pro- 
duction was that of Jarrett and Palmer and the run was five 
weeks. The cast was as follows : 

Count Wolfenstein W. C. Pope. 

Rudolphe, a poor artist J. J. Sullivan. 

Von Puffengruntz, the Count's Steward G. W. Wilson. 

Hertzog, surnamed the Black Crook, 

an alchemist Louis Aldrich. 

Greppo, his servant D. J. Maguinnis. 

Dragonfin, Master Martin. 

Zaraiel, the Arch Fiend A. Leonard. 

Wolfgar, a Gypsy ruffian J. H. Connor. 

Caspar, a peasant F. Rooney. 

Redglare, the recording demon A. Fleming. 

Skuldawelp, familiar to Hertzog W. Hennesey. 

Stalacta, Queen of the Golden Realm Miss Kate Santley. 

Amina, betrothed to Rudolphe Miss Dora Goldthvvaite. 

Dame Barbara, her foster mother Mrs. Chas. Poole. 

Carlinc, Amina's maid Miss Rachel Noah. 

Rosetta, a peasant Miss Emma Smiley. 



The ballet was led by 
Pierina Sassi, with Bonni 
Bambini, Clotilde Mar- 
chesi. Cora Adrienne, 
and Bedon Felicita as 
secondas. The special- 
ties included the Majil- 
tons, grotesque dancers, 
the St. Felix Infant Bal- 
let, the Egyptian Jug- 
glers, Hassan, Anak, and 
Selim, Professor Smith 
and his children gym- 
nasts. Professor Sam- 
well's Troupe of Trained 
Animals, the Celebrated 
Clown Dog Grimaldi, and Professor Smith's Illuminated 
Fountain and Cloud Veil with the Hues of Sunset. During 
the engagement Master Martin, the 
sprite, was injured and his place was 
taken by D. J. Maguinnis, whose part 

of Greppo 
was filled by 
George W. 
Wilson, he in 
turn being 
replaced by 
J. W. Hague 
as Puffen- 

I'lie JNlajiltons — Frank, Charles, and Marie 

Mrs. John Wood 


St. Felix Infant Ballet 


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THE SEASON OF 1871-7 !2 

Oliver Doud Byioii then first introduced "Across the Con 
tinent" to Boston phiygoers, opening on April 8 and re- 
maining two weeks. 

]\Irs. John Wood and 
the St. James Theatre 
Company of London 
were seen on xVpril 2'2 
tor one week in \mv- 
lesques and farces, their 
off erings being " La Belle 
Sauvage," "Poll and 
Partner Joe," "To 
Oblige Benson," and 
" Jenny Lind." The com- 
pany included Emily 
Weston, Julian Cross, 
G. W. Anson, A. W. 
Young, and Harry Cox. 

Maggie Mitchell's an- 
nual engagement was for three weeks from April 29, her 
plays being "Fanchon," "Jane Eyre," and "The Pearl of 

Joseph Jefferson filled his usual three weeks to his cus- 
tomary hea\y receipts in "Rip Van Winkle," closing on June 1. 

John M. W'ard had a benefit on May 18, when John H. 
Selwyn played in "The Little Treasure" and Mile. Zoe was 
seen in "The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish." 

On Saturday evening. May 25, Mrs. J. B. Booth had a 
benefit, appearing with her husband, in "The Robbers." 
General F. J. Lippitt and Miss Nina Glover were also seen in 


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"Monsieur Jacques" and the Boston Chorus Ckib was heard 
in songs. 

On Monday, June 3, 1872, the Yokes Family made their 
first Boston appearance, supported by Mr. and Mrs. John L. 
Hall and some members of the Boston Theatre Company. 
The bill on this occasion consisted of "Our Nelly" and "The 
Belles of the Kitchen," the Vokeses appearing only in the latter 
piece which was cast as follows : 


Written, adapted, arranged and performed exclusively by themselves, as 
played more than a thousand nights by them in the principal theatres 
of Great Britain and Ireland : and during the past two months with 
unprecedented success at the Union Square Theatre, New York. 
Illustrating the High Tints in the Lower Regions, or, the Doings of 
Domestics in the absence of their employers. 

Lucinda Scrubbs, a Lady's Maid Miss Jessie Yokes. 

Mary, a House Maid Miss Victoria Vokes. 

Barbara, a Kitchen Maid Miss Rosina Vokes. 

Timotheus Gibbs, an Apothecary's Clerk Mr. Fred Vokes. 

Wiggins, a Hair Dresser Mr. Fawdon Vokes. 

In the course of the piece will be introduced specimens of 


The audience will please retain their seats during the exhibition of 
the Prismatic Waters, which concludes the entertainment, 

"The Belles of the Kitchen" ran four weeks, "The Wind- 
mill" being played with it in the second week, "The Spitfire" 
the third, and " The Lottery Ticket," the fourth. The Yokeses 
then were seen for two more weeks in "The Wrong Man in 
the Right Place." Jennie Lee, George W. Howard, J. P. 





























Burnett, and others were seen with them in "Betsy Baker" 
for one week and "Checkmates" for another. 

The Irish National Band, which had come across the water 
to play at the World's Peace Jubilee in this city, appeared in 
concert on Sunday, July 14, and the season closed with a bene- 
fit to H. A. M'Glenen on Monday evening, July 15, the 
volunteers including Mile. Morlacchi. Joseph Proctor, W. J. 
LeMoyne, G. Swaine Buckley, Sam B. Villa, Delehanty and 
Hengler, Harry Bryant the ventriloquist, and others. 

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THE SEASON OF 1872-73 

DURING the season of 1872-73 H. S. Murdoch, H. A. 
Weaver, R. J. Dillon, C. A. Stedman, E. B. Holmes, 
J. B. Bradford, Harry Lampee, May Fiske, Viola Vance, and 
Mrs. H. A. Weaver were new members of the company. 
Viola Vance was not long at the theatre when she was taken 
ill and died of smallpox, during the epidemic of 1872-73. 
May Fiske was afterward at the head of an organization called 
May Fiske's Blondes. 

The Band of the Garde Republicaine of Paris gave four 
concerts on the evenings of August 5, 6, and 8, and the after- 
noon of the 7th to large houses. 



Kit and the Beats 

C. Leslie Allen, F. S. Chanfvau, D. J. 


engagement, during which he 
produced "The Red Pocket- 
Book," a play with a remark- 
able shipwreck scene, and Dr. 
Bird's ever-attractive "Nick of 
the Woods." 

On September 23, 1872, F. 
S. Chanfrau began the first of 
his regular autumnal visits in 
"Kit, the Arkansas Traveller," 
remaining three weeks. For 
thirteen consecutive years Mr. 


Lisa Weber and a bur- 
lesque troupe, which in- 
cluded Pauline Markham, 
Emma Moshier, Hetty 
Tracy, Cassie Troy, Hattie 
O'Neil, George Atkins, 
Welsh Edwards, H. S. Mur- 
doch, and C. W. Butler, 
opened the season on Au- 
gust 19 and remained two 
weeks, presenting "Paris," 
" Ernani," " Ixion," and " A 
Quiet Family." 

Joseph Proctor began on 
September 2 a three weeks' 

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THE SEASON OF 1872-73 

Chanfrau played "Kit" here in September, continuing until 
his death in 1884. The im- 
pression is widespread that 
"Kit" opened the season 
each year, but, strange to 
say, it never was the first 
attraction of the season. 
The drawing power of 
"Kit" lay not so much in 
the play itself as in its num- 
ber of excellent parts, so well 
acted by INlr. Chanfrau and 
the various members of the 
Boston Theatre Company. 
Lester Wallack, supported 
by Effie Germon and the 

Charlotte Cushman 

stock company, commenced 
on October 14 a three weeks' 
engagement in "Rosedale," 
"Ours," and "John Garth." 
In "Ours" he had the assist- 
ance of Gilmore's Band. 

Charlotte Cushman began 
on November 4 a stay of three 
weeks, during which she played 
in "Macbeth," "Guy Man- 
nering." "Henry VIII," and 
"Simpson and Co." 


Father Tom Burke 


On Saturday evening, November 9, 1872, while the com- 
pany was playing "Nobody's Daughter" and "Paddy Miles's 

Boy," the great Boston fire broke out, 
burning over a large part of the busi- 
ness district of the city and causing 
several days' interruption of the busi- 
ness of the theatre, owing to the shut- 
ting-off of the gas in the downtown 
section of the city, 
but Miss Cushman 
continued her en- 
gag ement on 
Thursday, Novem- 
ber 14, as soon as 

Pauline Lucca it WaS possible tO 

light the theatre. 
Father Tom Burke lectured on the 
evening of Sunday, November 24. 

"The Cataract of the Gan- 
ges," introducing the stud of 
John H. Murray's Circus, was 
produced on November 25 and 
ran five weeks, "Mazeppa" 
being added to the bill for the 

Mrs. Thomas Barry 

final week. 
" The Streets 

of New York' 

W. II. Bartholomew 

was given for the week of De- 
cember 30. 

On Tuesday, January 7, 
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THE SEASON OF 187^2-73 

Opera began a three weeks' engagement, the principals being 
Pauhne Lucca, Chira Louise Kellogg, Seiiora Sanz, Leoni 
Lavielli, Clara Doria, Vizzani, Ronconi, Dubreuil, Sparapani, 
Moriami, Janiet, Abrugnedo, and Reichardt. There were no 
novelties in their repertoire. 

On Wednesday afternoon, January 15, Stuart Robson 
appeared in "Everybody's Friend," "Ten Minutes' Talk with 
Little Boys and Girls," and "The Skeleton Captain, or Blue- 
Eyed ^YiIliam." On Saturday evening, January 18, he played 
in one act of "The Rivals," 
" Hamlet, or the Wearing of 
the Black," "The Wander- 
ing Minstrel," and "The 

Oliver Doud Byron pre- 
sented "Across the Contin- 
ent" for the week of Jan- 
uary 27 and on Saturday 
evening, February 1, "Nick 
of the Woods" was added 
to the bill, Mr. Byron being 
the Jibbenainosay. 

Adelaide Neilson made 
her Boston debut on Feb- 
ruary 3, 1873, in "Romeo and Juliet," with Joseph Wheelock 
as Romeo. The following week she played Rosalind in " As 
You Like It," H. S. Murdoch being the Orlando, and on the 
evenings of February 13, 14, and 15, she again was seen as 
Juliet, with Mr. INIurdoch as Romeo. 

On the afternoon of Friday, February 7, 1873, a compli- 


James S. Maffitt 


mentary benefit was given to Thomas Barry, the first roanager 
of the theatre, he being at this time a very old man and an 
invaHd. The entire receipts, $3126.50, were given to Mr. 
Barry. The stockholders waived their rights for this occa- 
„,^v., sion, with the exception of 

one single individual, who 
insisted on his right to save 
one dollar. The bill for 
the benefit included Mrs. 
Thomas Barry, C. Leslie 
Allen, W. R. Floyd, W. E. 
Sheridan, and D. Harkins 
in scenes from " The School 
for Scandal." Adelaide 
Neilson recited a poem by 
Tennyson. Stuart Robson, 
supported by H. S. Mur- 
doch, C. H. Frye, G. Le- 
vick, and Mrs. H. A. 
Weaver, played "Camille, 
or the Cracked Heart." 
C. W. Couldock recited " The Vagabonds." Maffitt and Bar- 
tholomew and the Howard Athenaeum Company presented 
their wonderful pantomime, " The Coraanches." Louis Aldrich 
recited "The Bridge of Sighs"; and Mary Shaw, an old 
favorite, returned to the stage to play in " Jenny Lind," sup- 
ported by members of the Boston Theatre Company. 

Charles R. Thorne, Jr., began on February 17 a two weeks' 
engagement, having the Majiltons as an added attraction. 
"The Three Guardsmen" filled the first week, while the 


Adelaide Neilson 








For Forty Years connected with the Boston Stage, 

pRIDAY ^/VfTERNOON, f^B. 7TH, 1873. 

Quod Monum^ Felix, Faustumque Sit, 

— 9^>-»£3*;(!C-< 

" TAis was the nobUit Roman of them all. 

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His life was gentle, and the elements 

So mix'd in him, thai Nature might stand up. 

And say to all the world, ' This was a man.' "—Julius Caesar. 





After which Scenes from Sheridan's Comedy, the 

LADV TEAZLE. ....... Mrs. Thomas Barht 

SIK I'ETEK TEAZLE, . . . . . Mr. C. Leslie Allen 

CHARLES SURFACE. ....... Mr. W. R. Flotd 

J08E1>H SURFACE. ...... MR. W. E. Shfridan 


(From the Globe Theatre, who have volunteered by kind permission of 
Mr. Arthur Cheney.) 

Recited by ----- - Miss NEILSON 

Who has very kindly volunteered. 

To be followed with Robert Craig's Sketch, written expressly for Mr. Robson, 

OK., THE 0I?>A.0K:EID I3:E.i^I?.T. 

CAMILLE. with a cough, a cracked heart, and Songs of " Farewell 

Armand." and " Oh. Shattered Lung," . . Mb. Btuart ROBSON 

AKM.VND DUVAL, with Song. "Heart Bowed Down." . Mr. H. S. Murdoch 

DE VARVILLE. ....... Mr. C. H. Frye 


MADAME I'RUDENCE. ...... Mrs. H. A. Weaver 

All of whom have kindly volunteered. 
J. T. Trowbridge's Dramatic Poem. 

Recited (in character) by Mr. G. ~W. COULDOGK, 
Who volunteers, by the liinj permission of Mr. Arthur Cheney, of the Globe Theatre. 

A beautiful and Original Series of TaWeauK Vivantn. written and invented by 
Jas. S. Mafiitl. entitled 


c o M .A. j^ c h; KS. 

MISHE-MOKWA, the great Bear, 

MAH-GLAHSEE, the Uaven 

WA-BAS-SO, the Diver 

SHA-GA-SEE. the White Uabbit. 
80AR-GE-I,AHA, the Strong Heart, 
SHAW-ON-DAY, the South Wind, . 




SEIiGT. WIL80X. of the U. S. A., 


MARTHA BfCKSKIN. Henjamin's Wife, 
DAME STACKl'OLE. her Mother, . 

MAST. BUCKSKIN, her Child 



Mr. Jas. S. Mafhtt 

Mr. W. H. Bartholomew 

. Mr, Jas. Vincent 

Mr. E. Price 

Mr. C. Farweli. 

Mr. S. Collins 

. Mr, Harry Leslie 
. Ml;. N. D. Jones 
Mr. A. J. Leavitt 
M'lle Casiant 
Miss A. F-aumell 
La Petite Zella 

Who have volunteered, by the kind permission of Messrs. Rich & Stetson, of the 
Howard Athenfeum. 

Thomas Hood's Graphic Poem, 

Recited by Mr. LOUS ALDRICH. 
Who volunteers, by the kind permission of Mr. J. B. Booth, of the Boston Theatre. 

To Conclude with the Musical Burletta, entitled 

Mr. D. J. Maguinnis 

Mr. G. W. Wilson 

. Mr. J. W. H.\GUE 

JEjSTNT LEATHERLUNGS. alias Lind. with a Cavatina from " Ernani." Mary Shaw 

(Who retutns to the stage for this occasion to evince her appreciation and regard for past 

kmdnees of the beneficiary.) 

GR.ANBY GAG. a Manager, in search of novelty, 

BARON SWIG-IT-OFF BEERY, surnamed Cock of the College, 




HEUR CHKROOT. . . . / For this occasion only, by members of 

HERR KOFF. ..... I the Boston Theatre Companj', who are 

HERR SNEEZE, . . . . / unavoidably prevented from takingother 

HKRR SPI-UTTER, .... I part in the entertainment. 


The Orchestra, under the direction of. Mr. N. Lothian, all of whom have kindly 
volunteered, will porfurm the following, among other selections: 

Solo for Cornet.— -'Grenadier Polka," (Godfrey). Performed by Mr. H. C. Brown. 

Rondo for Oboe. Performed by Mr. L. De Ribas. 

Gems from '"Crispino e la Comare." Performed by the Orchestra. 

Mr. W. p. Prescott. Machinist, and his assistants; Mr. J. B. Sixlivan. Properly Man, 
and his assistants; Mr. Geo. Wilkinson. Gasman, and assistants; the Door-keepers, 
Ushers, and olher attaches of the Theatre, have all very kindly volunteered fur this occasion. 







CoiiifniUee on JPerformiances, 




Committee o^i JPrinting, 




Henry Lee. Jr., 
John 8, Tyler, 
John H. Eastburn, 
Curtis Guild. 
Wm. W. Cliipp. 
Harvey D. Parlier, 
Alfred T. Turner. 
Eben D. Jordan. 
Newell A. Thompson, 
Orlando Tompkins, 
15. W. Thayer, 
Newton Talbot. 
Chas. Levi Woodbury. 
Winelow Lewis, 
Geo. H. Gay, 
Charles U. Kiske, 
Jaivis I>. Braman, 
Charlen II. Andrews. 

B. F. Stevens. 

C. A. Richards. 
Alvin B. Butteraeld, 
Barney Corey, 

N. G. Greene, 

Dr. N. B.Shurtleff, 
R. I. Bnrbank. 
Noble H. Hill, 
Aeahel WHieeler. 
Robert C. Dunham. 
M. M. Ballou, 
Henry G. I'arker, 
Henry A. Clapp, 
Luther L. Holden, 
Justin Andrews. 
Fr'cis II. Underwood, 
Joseph F. Hovey. 
Charles E. Powers. 
P. 8. Gilmore. 
Patrick Doiiahoe. 
John Ryan. 
P. II. Powers, 
William Sayward. 
Whitman B. Smith, 
Jolin Stetson. 
William C. Glynn. 
E. F. Waters, 
B. P. Shillaber, 

E. D. Haskell, 
Thomas Russell. 
John A. T..oring, 
John J. Dyer. 
William Bugle, 
Thomas Mack, 
John F. Mills, 
Lewis Rice, 
James Oakes. 
S. D. Hicks, 
Jerome Jones, 
Thomas Groom. 
Roland Worihington, 
Charles W. r-lack. 
Joseph Leonard. 
Edward A. ^V^lite, 
Geo S. Hillard. 
James V. Fields, 
Joseph H. (!Jhadwick, 
James V. Gay, 
Samuel Bradstreet, 
Albert Morgan, 
Leopold Morse, 

Otis Rich. 

Samuel C. Lawrence, 
J. P. Plummer. 
William W. Baker, 
John L. Swift. 
W. V. Hutcdiinga, 
Dexter H. Follett, 
Isaac T. Campbell, 
S. R. Niles, 
John A. Bassett. 
John Galvin. 
Henry O. Simes. 
Frederick O. Prince, 
George F. Shepard, 
Dr. John P. Ordway, 
Herbert Radclyffe, 
Charie.-* W. Stevens, 
Gideon Beck, 
William F, Gill, 
Edward W. Kinsley, 
William W. Tucker, 
John M. Ward. 

F. A. Scaric, Printer. 118 'Wuehiniiton Street. Boston. 

Portrait of Tetumon. 
Etched by William Unifer 

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THE SEASON OF 1872-73 

second was divided between "Amos Clarke," "The Octo- 
roon," and "Foul Play." 

Buffalo Bill (W. F. Cody), Texas Jack (J. B. Omohundro), 
Ned Buntline (E. Z. C. Judson), and Mile. Morlaechi next 
appeared for a single week in "The Scouts of the Plains," to 
the unrepressed delight of top-heavy houses. This was the 
first appearance of Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack in this city. 

jNIaggie Mitchell, supported by L. R. Shewell, played her 
annual three weeks' engagement, beginning March 10, in 
"Jane Eyre," "Fanchon," "The Pearl of Savoy," and "Little 

Edwin Adams opened on March 31 in "Enoch Arden," 
staying two weeks, and offering 
also " The Marble Heart," " Wild 
Oats," "Black -Eyed Susan," 
and "The Drunkard." 

Mrs. F. S. Chanfrau followed 
on April 14 in "Two Wives," 
"Christie Johnstone," and 
"Dora," her stay continuing 
two weeks. Mrs. Chanfrau has 
since left the stage and is now 
practicing as a Christian Science 
healer in Philadelphia. 

"Under the Gaslight" was 
given by the stock company for 
the week of April 28, the Carroll 
family of dancers appearing also 

in their specialty, and in the week of May 5, the company 
were seen in "Jack Harkaway." 


Mrs. Chanfrau as Dora 


Luke Schoolcraft 

For the week of May 12 Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Albaugh, the 
latter a sister of Maggie Mitchell, were seen in "Poverty 

At the farewell benefit to Mrs. J. B. Booth on Saturday 

evening. May 10, 1873, Mrs. J. 
H. C. Richmond of New Bedford 
made her first appearance on the 
stage, essaying the character of 
Juliana in "The Honeymoon," the 
beneficiary being the Volante. Mrs. 
Booth was also seen in " Asmodeus, 
or the Little Devil's Share," and 
D. J. Maguinnis played " The 
Limerick Boy." 

W. E. Sheridan had a benefit on 
May 17, appearing in "The Marble 
Heart," supported by Mrs. J. B. Booth and J. W. Albaugh. 
The Yokes Family began on May 19 a five weeks' engage- 
ment in "The Belles of the Kitchen," "Fun in a Fog," "The 
Wrong Man in the Right Place," "Nan, the Good-for-No- 
thing," and "Phobus' Fix." For the week of June 9 they 
were reinforced by John T. Raymond and F. F. Mackay in 
"Heep vs. Mieawber." 

On the moi'ning of Decoration Day, May 30, a fire broke 
out near the Globe Theatre and destroyed that theatre and 
a number of other buildings. In consequence, the gas was 
shut off in the Washington Street main, but the gasman of 
the Boston Theatre connected his pipes with the main on 
West Street and the performance was given on time. 

At the benefit of the Vokes Family on Friday evening, June 



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THE SEASON OF 1872-73 

20, 1873, in addition to " Fun in a Fog," " Black-Eyed Susan" 
was played, with Louis Aldrich as William, H. S. Murdoch as 
Captain Crosstree, Fred Yokes as Jacob Twig, George W. 
Wilson as Gnatbrain, Jessie Yokes as Susan, and Yictoria 
Yokes as Dolly Mayflower. Miss Yictoria Yokes met with an 
accident on this occasion which resulted in a broken arm. 

H. A. M'Glenen's benefit on Saturday evening, June 21, 
introduced the Yokes Family, John T. Raymond, John 
Gilbert, Ida Savory, Lillie Wilkinson, the California Quar- 
tette (Welling Brothers and J. W. Freeth), and members of 
the Boston Theatre Company. 

R. W. Butler's Great New York Combination opened on 
June 23 and remained two weeks, the stars being Sophie and 
Irene Worrell, the Zanfretta Troupe, 
Raphael Abecco the harpist, Luke 
Schoolcraft, George H. Coes, Joe 
Lang, Add Ryman, Harry Hunter, 
George F. Ketchum, Sam Holds- 
worth, George and Charles Reynolds, 
Charles and Carrie Austin, Jennie 
Kimball, Minnie Jackson, Helene 
Smith, Laura LeClaire, the Rem- 
melsberg Sisters, the Caron Family, 
and Zegrino and Moulton. 

On the afternoon of Monday, June 30, 1873, Napier 
Lothian had a benefit at which the Yokes Family appeared 
minus Yictoria, who was prevented by her injury. The stock 
company played "A Quiet Family" ; Brown's Brigade Band, 
the Cornet Quartette from Gilmore's Band, and an orchestra 
of forty were heard. Among other selections the orchestra 

George H. Coes 



played the Evangeline March, composed by Edward E. Rice 
and dedicated to James Alexander of the Cunard Steamship 
Company. Mr. Rice was at that time in the employ of the 
Cunard Company. His extravaganza, "Evangeline," did not 
reach the stage until a year later, when it was seen at Niblo's 

Garden, New York. 
R. W. Butler left 
for New York on 
the evening of Sat- 
urday, July 5, and 
his company scat- 
tered. A portion, 
however, remained 
and continued two 
weeks longer to 
light business. 

Josh Hart's Com- 
pany from the The- 
atre Comique, New 
York, played from 
July21 to August 16, 
thus closing a very 
long season. The 
members of this 
company were John Hart, John Wild, Frank Kerns, Cool Bur- 
gess, Harrigan and Hart, Larry Tooley, J. H. Budworth, John 
Queen, G. L. Stout, James Bradley, E. D. Gooding, Dave Bra- 
ham, John Williams, O'Reardon, Mrs. Yeamans, Jennie Yea- 
mans, Jennie Hughes, Ada Wray. Kitty O'Neil, and Minnie 
Loder. During their stay a sketch called "The Gripsack" 


Harrigan and Hart 

THE SEASON OF 1872-73 

was played by Frank Kerns, John Wild, and G. L. Stout. The 
programme had the following note: "'Gripsack' is a theatrical 
term and used by the members of the profession to initiate 
new beginners. It consists of a large bag, generally filled with 
old pieces of iron, weighing from seventy-five to one hundred 
and fifty pounds, which the applicant for histrionic honors is 
requested to carry to a rival theatre, accompanied with a letter 
which requests some member of the company to keep him 
going. The unfortunate dupe, after making the rounds of the 
various theatres, generally comes to the conclusion that the 
road to theatrical fame is of most rocky description and re- 
quires more manual labor than all others combined." It was 
from this theatrical term that the name, "gripsack," now in 
common use, meaning any ordinary hand-satchel, was orig- 
inated, though it did not reach the general public until many 
years after this programme was printed. 

Limington R. Shewell 


THE SEASON OF 1873-74 

JB. Booth retired from the management of the Boston 
Theatre in 1873 and was succeeded by L.R. Shewell, who 
engaged the following company: H. S. Murdoch, J. H. Fitz- 
patrick, C. Leslie Allen, D. J. Maguinnis, J. W. Hague, T. 


THE SEASON OF 1873-74 

M. Hunter. W. H. Norton, George W. Wilson, Rufus Scott, 
Harry Richmond, R. J. Dillon, E. B. Holmes, J. O. Stevens, 
J. W. Gardiner, Harvey 
Collins, William Raynor, 
Charles Madden, Mrs. 
Thomas Barry, Olivia Rand, 
Blanche Hayden, Mrs. 
Charles Poole, Mrs. C. L. 
Allen, Hattie Stevens, Marie 
Uart, Carrie Prescott, Mar- 
ion Follett, Annie Winslow, 
Emma Smiley, lola Smiley, 
Carrie Jones, Misses Hoff- 
man and Morgan. Charles 
S. Getz became the scenic 
^^^ artist, with 

^^*^ John Sommer 
^PP^ as assistant, the working staff other- 

wise remaining as before. 

The season opened on September 1 
with two weeks of "Polaris, or the 
Northern Lights," acted by Mr. 
Shewell and members of the regular 

F. S. Chanfrau, in " Kit, the Arkan- 
saw Traveller," followed on Septem- 
ber 15 for three weeks. 

Edwin Booth in tragic repertoire 
played three weeks, beginning Octo- 
Taiiibeilik ber 6. 

Ermiiiie Rudersdorf 




Tonimaso Salvini 

The Maretzek Italian Opera Company followed for a 
fortnight, the company being headed by Pauline Lucca, 

lima di Murska, Madame Ru- 
dersdorf (who was the mother of 
Richard Mansfield), Louise Mar- 
chetti, Natali Testa, Lichtmay, 
Tamberlik, Rossi-Galli, Jamet, and 
Vizzani. Their list of operas con- 
tained nothing that was new. Ma- 
dame Rudersdorf's first appearance 
in opera in America was made 
here on October 30, 1873, as Leo- 
nora, in "II Trovatore," 
Tamberlik being the Manrico 

Mr. and 
Mrs. W. J. 
Florence opened on November 10 for 
two weeks in "Inshavogue," "The 
Yankee Housekeeper," "The Ticket 
of Leave Man," "The Irish Lion," 
"Thrice Married," "The Returned 
Volunteer," and "Eileen Oge." 

Tommaso Salvini made his Boston 
debut on November 24, 1873, remain- 
ing but one week. He was supported 
by his brother and an Italian com- 
pany and played in " Othello," " Sam- 
son," "David Garrick," "Civil 
Death," and "Hamlet." 

Charles Fechter then appeared for 


Emma Smiley and Carrie Jones 
in " The Naiad Queen " 

THE SEASON OF 1873-74 

Charles S. Getz 

one week in "Hamlet," "Don Caesar de Bazan," "Hiiy Bias," 
and "The Lady of Lyons." 

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 
December 8, Salvini was again seen in 

Charlotte Cushman began on Decem- 
ber 3 a week of "Guy Mannering" and 
"Henry VIH," the theatre being closed 
on the evening of December 13 for a 
^^M^^ rehearsal of the com- 

j^m ^ ing production. This 

V j^ was Miss Cushman's 

. ^L last engagement in this theatre, her final 

role being Meg Merrilies in " Guy Manner- 
ing," on Saturday afternoon, December 13, 

"The Naiad Queen" was given a spec- 
tacular presentation on December 15 and 
ran five weeks. The ballet introduced the entire Kiralfy family, 
Imre, Bolossy, Haniola. Emilie, Katie, 
and Arnold, besides two Italian pre- 
mieres. Boni and Giavazzi. The special- 
ties included Felix Regamey the French 
caricaturist. Young Americus the child 
violinist (who died suddenly during this 
engagement), the Ulm Sisters, and the 
youthful Vaidis Sisters, trapeze perform- 
ers, who are still before the public as 
aerial artists. A boy choir sang " Spring, 
Gentle Spring," one of its members 


Del Pueiite 

Victor Maurel 


being a schoolboy named Lawrence McCarty, who was after- 
ward the manager of the 

Frank Mayo played " Davy 
Crockett" for the first time 
in this theatre on January 
19, 1874, continuing two 

The Strakosch Italian Op- 
era Company began a fort- 
night's season on February 
3, with Nilsson, Gary, Tor- 
riani, Campanini, Del Pu- 
ente, Capoul, and Victor 

Frank Mayo as Davy Crockett 

Maurel, in "The Huguenots," 
"Mignon," "Aida," "Lucia," 
"Faust," "II Trovatore," 
"Martha," and "Don Gio- 
vanni." "Aida" had its first 
Boston presentation on the 
evening of February 5, 1874. 

E. A. Sothern followed on 
February 16 for two weeks of 
"Our American Cousin" and 
a third of " Brother Sam," 
" Lord Dundreary Married 
and Settled," "David Gar- 
rick," and "A Regular Fix." 


Italo Campanini 

THE SEASON OF 1873-74 

He brought with him his son Lytton Sothern, Vining Bow- 
ers, and Minnie Walton. 

The Kellogg English Opera 
Company began on March 9 a 
fortnight's stay, the company 
including Clara Louise Kellogg, 
Jennie Van Zandt, Zelda Seguin, 
Annie Starbird, William Carlton, 
Joseph Maas, Eugene Clarke, 
Theodore Habelmann, G. F. Hall, 
Henry Peakes, and E. Seguin. 
"Rigoletto" was the only novelty 
that was offered. 

Mitchell began her 


Marie Ainiee 

Annie Louise Gary 

yearly three weeks' stay on 
March 23, "Jane Eyre," 
"The Pearl of Savoy," 
"Fanchon," and "Little 
Barefoot" being given. 

D. J. Maguinnis had a 
benefit on the evening of 
April 11, 1874, when, among 
other features, he and Olivia 
Rand sang " The Maguinnis 
Cadets." Although his name 
was not on the bill, Quincy 
Kilby appeared in black face 
as the target-bearer of the 



Marie Aimee and her French Opera Company in the week 

of April 13 sang " La Fille de Ma- 
dame Angot" for the first time in 
this city, also singing "Les Cent 
Vierges," " La Vie Parisienne," " Le 
Petit Faust," and "La Grande 

Carlotta Leclercq first appeared 
here as an individual star on April 
20 in "The New Magdalen." The 
next week she presented "Fate, 
or Woman's Trials," and "East 

Salvini returned on May 4, play- 
ing "The 
"Othello," "Elizabeth," and 
"Ingomar," on Monday, Tues- 
day, Thursday, and Friday even- 
ings and Saturday afternoon, 
while Miss Leclercq played on 
Wednesday afternoon and 
evening and on Saturday even- 
ing, in "The New Magdalen," 
"Masks and Faces," "A Sheep 
in Wolf's Clothing," and "The 

"The Lottery of Life," with 
Harry Murdoch in the role of 


Charley Backus 


THE SEASON OF 1873-74 

Terry the Swell, and Birch, 
Francisco ^linstrels as an ad- 
ditional feature, was seen for 
four days beginning May 13, 
while the following week was 
filled by the stock company 
in benefits, etc. 

Lawrence Barrett filled the 
week of May 25 in "Riche- 
lieu," " Hamlet," and " Julius 

At H. A. M'Glenen's bene- 
fit, on Wednesday afternoon. 
May 27, 1874, Kate Field 
made her first appearance 
on the theatrical stage, recit- 
ing "The Bridge of Sighs." 

Wambold, and Backus's San 

William H. Crane 

Alice Oates 

Mrs. James A. 
Oates and her Comic 
Opera Company be- 
gan on June 1 a fort- 
night's engagement 
in which she pre- 
sented "The Grand 
Duchess," "The Ba- 
vards," "Madame 
Angot's Child," and 
"Fortunio." Her 



principal comedian at 

Alexander Hermann 

the Famous Parisian 
Les Petits Rousselles, 
100 Faces; the 
Brown Veloci- 
pede Troupe; 
Carlo Benedetti, 
the Sword-Swal- 
lower; J . B . 
Johnson, the 
Champion Swim- 
mer of the World ; 
Don Ferrayra, 
the Man Flute; 
Tom Lovell, the 
Clown ; and Pro- 
fessor Brown, " in 
his feats of dar- 
ing and surprising 

this time was William H. Crane, since 
grown into a very popular star. 

Buffalo Bill, Texas Jack, and Mile. 
Morlacchi next played "The Scouts 
of the Plains" for the week of June 

Schumann's Transatlantic Novelty 
Company, one of the best specialty 
organizations ever seen in this city, 
occupied the theatre for three weeks, 
opening on June 22. The members 
of the organization were Beckmann, 
Juggler; the Almonte Brothers and 
Gymnasts ; Herr Schulze, the Man with 

Adelaide Hermann in 1874 



THE SEASON OF 1873-74 

balancing on the Bycicle" (note the spelling of the last word). 

It is generally supposed that the bicycle was first introduced 

into America at the time of the 

Philadelphia Centennial Exposi- 
tion in 1876, but Professor Brown 

at this time rode a typical high 

wheel, the young ladies of his 

troupe riding the old-fashioned 

velocipede, which was introduced 

into this country by the Hanlon 

Brothers in 1868. Hermann the 

magician joined the company for 

its third week, and on Monday, 

July 13, Professor Hermann be- 
gan a week of magic, giving the 

entire per- 
Shortly af- 
ter this he 

married Miss Addie Scarsey, a veloci- 
pede rider in Professor Brown's troupe. 
She proved a most devoted wife and 
is the ^Madame Adelaide Hermann 
who is now presenting a brilliant 
magical act in the vaudeville theatres. 
Professor Hermann died in 1898. 

The theatre was closed the week of 
July 20, but reopened on July 27 with 
Josh Harts Theatre Comique Com- 

Billy Birch 

R. M. (Dick) Carroll 


bination (from 514 Broadway, New York). For the first week 
the principal members of this organization were Harrigan 
and Hart, Mackin and Wilson, John Wild, Billy Carter, 
Master Martin, James McKee, Jennie Engle, Alice Bennett, 
Bertha and Ida Foy, Nully Pieris, James Bradley, G. L. 
Stout, and Dave Braham and his orchestra. This engage- 
ment lasted five weeks, such other artists being added as 
J. H. Budw^orth, Kitty O'Neil, Cool Burgess, Lillie Wilkinson, 
Rachel Cantor, J. W. McAndrews, Dick Carroll and Sons, 
and Dimond and Ryan. 

Francis Wilson, the present star in comedy and comic 
opera, was the Wilson of Mackin and Wilson, who were then 
billed as the " Champion Song and Dance Artists." 

The season closed on August 22, but the theatre reopened 
on the following Monday for the next regular season. 

A benefit was given on Thursday, July 16, to the door- 
keepers and ushers, whose names were given in the pro- 
gramme as follows : " Andrew G.Wilcutt, Benjamin G. Gavett, 
and John Graham, Doorkeepers. W. Henry Onthank, Eu- 
gene Foster, Frank B. Haynes, Erving J. Holmes, H. B. Mc- 
Connell, Edward Batty, and William Emery, Ushers. Daniel 
Hurley, Ticket Seller. William Riley, Bill Distributer. 
Charles T. F. Smith, Opera-Glasses. Cornelius Murphy, 
Stage Doorkeeper." 



CUzi rj//t4>^ 



THE SEASON OF 1874-75 

THIS season the company was again managed by L. R. 
Shewell and included Alexander Fitzgerald, W. H. Nor- 
ton, Gustavus Levick, Rufus Scott, C. Leslie Allen, D. J. 
Maguinnis, H. Rees Davies, E. B. Holmes, J. W. Taylor, 
R. J. Dillon. George Boles. George W. Wilson, H. A. Cripps, 
S. E. Springer, T. M. Hunter, J. P. Wild, N. Lothian, Jr., 
G. A. Sehvyn, Mrs. Thomas Barry, Olivia Rand, Mrs. C. L. 
Allen, Lizzie Hunt, Nellie Downing, Mrs. T. M. Hunter, 
Mrs. Charles Poole, Blanche 
Hayden, Mrs. A. Fitzger- 
ald, Carrie Pi-escott. Annie 
Winslow, Misses Smiley, 
Henley, and Wilson. L. R. 
Shewell afterward married 
Olivia Rand of this com- 

The season opened on 
August 24, with Frank 
Mayo in one week of " Davy 
Crockett" and one week of 
" The Streets of New York." 
F. S. Chanfrau followed on 
September 14 with three 

weeks of "Kit." Carlotta Lawrence Barrett us The Man o' Airlie 



Charles H. Vandenhoff 

Leclercq then played a single week's engagement in "The 

New Magdalen" and "East 

"Belle Lamar," a war drama 
by Dion Boucicault, was pre- 
sented by the stock company 
for three weeks, commencing 
October 12. 

Mr. and Mrs. Barney Wil- 
liams began a fortnight's en- 
gagement on November 2, re- 
viving "The Connie Soogah" 
and "The Fairy Circle." Car- 
lotta Leclerq then returned for 
another six days, in the course of which she was seen in " The 
New Magdalen," "Masks and Faces," "East Lynne," and 
"The Hunchback." For the week of November 23 the regu- 
lar company played "Lost 
at Sea." 

Mrs. Oatesandher Comic 
Opera Company sang " Ma- 
dame Angot's Child" the 
week of November 30 and 
"Girofle Girofla" the week 
of December 7. 

The spectacle of "Azael, 
the Prodigal." with Julia 
Seaman featured as Azael, 
was played the fortnight of 
December 14 and 21. George w. Wilso.i 


THE SEASON OF 1874-75 

Lotta presented " Zip" and " [Musette" for the weeks of De- 
cember 2S, January 4 and 11. 

Mao:e:ie MitchelFs custom- 

(jeorge Riddle 

arv three weeks began on 
January 18, her offerings be- 
ing "Fanchon," "The Pearl 
of Savoy," "Lorle," and "Lit- 
tle Barefoot." 

C. Leslie Allen had a benefit 
on January 23, 1875, at which 
Maurice Barrymore made his 
first appearance in this coun- 
try, playing Ray Trafford in 
"Under the Gaslight." 

On Saturday evening, January 30, 1875, George Riddle 
made his first appearance as an actor, playing Romeo to the 
Juliet of Mrs. Thomas Barry. 

Gilmore's Band was heard on Sunday, 
January 31, when Emma C. Thursby 
was the soprano soloist. 

At L. R. Shewell's benefit on Febru- 
ary 6, Maggie Mitchell played Parthenia 
to his Ingomar. 

Lester Wallack, assisted by Charles H. 
Vandenhoff and Effie Germon, came 
next for two weeks of "Rosedale" and 

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Florence filled the 
week of February 22 with "The Colleen Bawn" and "The 
Yankee Housekeeper." 



N. C. Goodwin, Jr. 

Billy Emerson and Bobby Newcomb in 1866 

Lawrence Barrett appeared for the week of March 1 in 
"Richelieu," "Hamlet," "The Merchant of Venice," "The 
Lady of Lyons," and "Julius Caesar," and on the following 
week he was seen in perhaps his greatest role, Jamie Harebell, 
in "The Man o' Airlie." 

Edwin Booth began on March 15 a three weeks' stay in his 
favorite legitimate repertoire. 

Dion Boucicault's Irish drama, "The Shaughraun," was 
first seen here on April 5, 1875. and ran four weeks, with the 
following cast : 

Captain Molyneux 
Robert Ffolliott 
Father Dolan 
Corry Kinchela 
Harvey Duff 
Conn the Shaughraun 
Sergeant Jones 

M. H. Barrymore. 
Gustavus Levick. 

C. L. Allen. 
Alex. Fitzgerald. 

D. J. Maguinnis. 
Mr. Boucicault. 
R. J. Dillon. 




THE SEASON OF 1874-75 






Arte O'Neal 

Claire Ffolliott 

Mrs. O'Kelly 


Bridget Madigan 

Nancv INIalone 

George W. Wilson. 
H. Rees Davies. 
S. E. Springer. 
George Boles. 
H. A. Cripps. 
Ida Savory. 
Mrs. Thos. Barry. 
Mrs. Chas. Poole. 
Mrs. T. M. Hunter. 
Mrs. C. L. Allen. 
Nellie Downing. 

Joseph Jefferson played but two weeks this season, his 
opening date being May 3 and the play naturally being " Rip 
Van Winkle." 

Frank Mayo again appeared 
in "Davy Crockett" the week 
of May 17 and "The Streets of 
New York" the week of May 24. 

The next six days were filled 
by the stock company in bene- 
fits to D. J. Maguinnis, Olivia 
Rand, the doorkeepers and ush- 
ers, H. A. M'Glenen, L. R. 
Shewell, and John M. Ward. 

At Mr. Ward's benefit N. C. 
Goodwin, Jr.. then a local ama- 
teur, appeared as Jerry Clip in 
"The Widow's Victim," and in- 
troduced his imitations of cele- 
brated actors. The drama," Jack 
Sheppard," was also given, with 


Dion Boucicault as Conn the 


Emma Thursby 

Mrs. T. M. Hunter as Jack Sheppard in the first act, Olivia 

Rand in the same character in 
the second, and Gustavus Le- 
vick in the third. 

Birch, Wanibold, and Backus' 
San Francisco Minstrels were the 
attraction for the week of June 
7, the principal features being 
Billy Birch, Charley Backus, 
Dave Wambold, Add Ryman, 
the great Ricardo, and Mackin 
and Wilson. 

The season continued with a 
two weeks' stay of Auber's Mu- 
sical and Terpsichorean Drama, 
in two acts, entitled "La Bayadere," interpreted by Mile. 
Morlacchi and her company under the 
management of J. B. Omohundro, 
"Texas Jack," who had recently be- 
come the husband of Mile. Morlacchi. 
The cast included Eugene Clarke, 
Thomas Bartleman, Adolphine Estelle, 
Russell S. Glover, and Cora Adriana. 
The dancers were Lizzie Dale, Josie At- 
kinson, Amelia Huck, May Bogart, Hat- 
tie Smith, Pauline Smith, Saidee Smith, 
Mile. Evers, Emma Mars, Julia Melville, 
Carrie Prescott, Evaline Stetson, May 

Thomas, Addie Hearne, lola Smiley, Emma Smiley, Marion 
Follett, Hattie FoUett, Annie Winslow, and Marie Henley. 





THE SEASON OF 1874-75 

Emerson's California Minstrels filled two weeks bee-inning 
July 5, the principals being Billy Emerson, Ben Cotton. Billy 
Rice, Little Mac. Billy Arlington. George Richards, Mackin 
and Wilson, J. R. Kemble, Ernest Linden, J. F. Oberist, 
Fred Walz, W. H. Tilla, and R. G. Russell. 

Benjamin W. Tliayer 


THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

THE company for 1875-76 consisted of L. R. Shewell, P. A. 
Anderson, C. Leslie Allen, D. J. Maguinnis, O. H. Barr, 
G. W. Wilson, W. H. Norton, Gustavus Levick, M. D. Rebus, 
H. Rees Davies, T. M. Hunter, N. Lothian, Jr., H. A. Cripps, 
J. W. Taylor, Joseph Mitchell, J. Bowen, Mrs. Thomas Barry, 
Olivia Rand, Mrs. Charles Poole, Mrs. T. M. Hunter. Mrs. 
C. L. Allen, Blanche Hayden, Lizzie Hunt, Nellie Downing, 
Carrie Prescott, Annie Winslow, Emma Smiley. lola Smiley, 
Marie Henley, Marion FoUett, Georgie Wilson, and M. 

Katie Putnam opened the season on August 2, being under 


THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

the management of her husband, J. J. Sullivan, a former 
member of the stock company. 
She remained two weeks and 
was seen in " The Old Curi- 
osity Shop," "The Child of 
the Regiment," "The Little 
Rebel," "Blade o' Grass," and 
"The Little Detective." On 
Saturday night, August 14, 
G. G. Spear also appeared, 
playing the fifth act of "Rich- 
ard in," he being the crook- 
backed tyrant and James 
(Barney) Nolan, the Rich- 

Duprez and Benedict's Min- 
strels filled the week of Au- 
gust 16, the performers being Lew Benedict, Frank Du- 

mont, George H. Edwards, R. T. 
Tyrrell, J. T. Gulick, D. H. Smith, 
L. Mutti, Master Lino, Frank Kent, 
and Fox and Ward. Frank Dumont 
has for some years been manager of 
the Eleventh Street Opera House in 
Philadelphia, the only permanent min- 
strel house in America. 

The theatre was closed the week of 
August 23. 

Frank S. Chanfrau came on August 
Frank Dumont 30 for three weeks of " Kit." 

Katie Putnam 



Lotta followed on September 20 for three weeks in " Little 
Nell," "Zip," and "Musette." She brought with her as prin- 
cipal comedian E. A. Locke. On Saturday evening, October 
9, Napier Lothian had a benefit, when he played Billy Bokus 
to Miss Lotta's Musette. Barry Sullivan made his only ap- 
pearances in this city during the fortnight beginning Octo- 
ber 9, 1875, being seen in 
"Richelieu," "Richard 
in," "Hamlet," "The 
Lady of Lyons," "The 
Gamester," " Macbeth," 
and "The Stranger." 

A two weeks' season of 
English opera under the 
management of C. D. 
Hess followed, commenc- 
ing October 28, the prin- 
cipals being Clara Louise 
Kellogg, Jenny Van Zandt, 
Annis Montague (who 
made her debut on Octo- 
ber 26) , Annie Beaumont, 
Zelda Seguin, William Cas- 
tle, William Carlton, Wil- 
liam Hamilton, George 
Conly, Henry Peakes, J.G. 
Peakes, James Maas, and 
The operas were " Mignon," "The Huguenots," 

Barry Sullivan 

W. Morgan. 

"The Bohemian Girl," "The Lily of Killarney," 
"II Trovatore," "Martha," and "Fra Diavolo." 





THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

Edwin Byron, the Boy Tragedian 

Edwin Byron, the Boy Tragedian, 
appeared as Richard III on Satur- 
day evening, November 6, 1875, 
supported by the regular company. 
Byron was a young man of this city, 
whose true name was Nathaniel 
Page. He continued on the stage 
for some time, but did not gain re- 
nown and died 
a few years 
after his de- 

George Bel- 
more, an English character actor, opened 
on November 8 in "The Flying 
Scud," but was taken ill and played 
only two nights, his part being taken 
on Wednesday 
and the remain- 
der of the week 
by D. J. Ma- 
guinnis. Mr. Belmore grew rapidly worse 
and died within a few days. 

George Fawcett Rowe played 
Micawber in "Little Em'ly" the 
week of November 15, L. R. 
Shewell being the Peggotty, C. 
Leslie Allen the Uriah Heep, and 
P. A. Anderson the Ham. 

Charles F. Atkinson 

Jarrett and Palmer's produc- 


Charles H. Yale 


tion of Shakespeare's "Henry V" was presented on Novem- 
ber 22 and ran three weeks, with the following cast : 

King Henry V 

Rumor, as Chorus 

Duke of Exeter 

Earl of Westmoreland 

Earl of Warwick 

Earl of Cambridge 

Lord Scroop 

Sir Thomas Grey 

Sir Thomas Erpingham, 












A Herald 

Charles VI, King of France 

Lewis, the Dauphin 

Montjoy, a French Herald 

Princess Katharine 

Dame Quickly 

Isabel, Queen of France 


George Rignold. 
Mrs. Thomas Barry. 

C. Leslie Allen. 
J. H. Howland. 
Charles J. Murph)'. 
George Boles. 

H. A. Cripps. 
E. Wiley. 
J. A. Page. 
J. H. Conner. 
H. Rees Davies. 
Frederick Thorne. 
W''. W. George. 
P. A. Anderson. 

D. H. Rees. 
J. Cassells. 

G. W. Wilson. 
D. J. Maguinnis. 
C. B. Bishop. 
Frank Little. 
J. Mitchell. 
M. D. Rebus. 
O. H. Barr. 
Gustavus Levick. 
Mile. Louise Dorell. 
Mrs. Chas. Poole. 
Marie Brabrook. 
Gabrielle Du Sauld. 

The success of "Henry V" was great and it was followed 
by another equally as great. "The Two Orphans" was pro- 



THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

duced on December 13. 1875, and ran seven weeks. Kate 
Claxton, Marie Wilkins. and Joseph Wheelock were especially 
engaged, the entire cast being as follows : 

Chevalier de Vaudrey 

Count de Linieres 


Jacques Frochard 

Pierre Frochard 

]Marquis de Presles 


La Fleur 

Officer of the Guard 


De :\Iailly 





La Frochard 

Countess de Linieres 

Sister Genevieve 





Sister Theresa 

Joseph F. Wheelock. 

C. Leslie Allen. 

D. J. Maguinnis. 
L. R. Shewell. 
Gustavus Levick. 
M. D. Rebus. 
H. Rees Davies. 
T. INI. Hunter. 
H. A. Cripps. 
\V. Josephs. 

J. Wiley. 
George Boles. 
J. W. Taylor. 
Kate Claxton, 
Mrs. Thomas Barry. 
Marie Wilkins. 
Mrs. Chas. Poole. 
Mrs. T. M. Hunter. 
Blanche Hayden. 
Lizzie Hunt. 
Nellie Downing. 
Carrie Prescott. 
Emma Smilev. 

Benjamin W. Thayer died during the first week of the run 
of "The Two Orphans" and the theatre was closed on the 
evening of Monday, December 20, the day of his funeral. 

The death of Mr. Thayer terminated the partnership of 
Thayer and Tompkins and for the remainder of the season 
of 1875-76 Orlando Tompkins was alone in its management. 



The Hyers Sisters sang in concert on the evening of Sunday, 

January 16, and again on 
Sunday, January 23. 

John McCullough made 
his first appearance here as 
a star on January 31, 1876, 
playing the title role in " The 
Gladiator." The following 
night he was unable to ap- 
pear on account of illness 
and the regular company 
played "The Cricket on the 
Hearth" and "Sarah's 
Young Man." McCullough 
reappeared on Wednesday 
and "The Gladiator" con- 
tinued the attraction for the 
remainder of the week. During the following week he was 
seen in "Virginius," "Richelieu," "Jack Cade," "Othello," 
" The Lady of Lyons," " Richard HI," 
and "Metamora." 

Concerts were given on Sunday even- 
ings, February 6, 13, and 20 by Lothi- 
an's Orchestra, assisted by such talent 
as the Berger Family, Arbuckle the cor- 
netist, the Temple Quartette, Emma 
Klaizy the violoncellist, the Swedish 
Quartette, Jules Levy, Laura Joyce, 
Josie Maddock, Ettie Morgan, and 
Fred Berger the harpist. Fred Berger afterward became a 


George Rignold as Henry V 


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THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

successful manager and conducted tlie tours of Sol Smith 
Russell until the death of 
that star. 

E. A. Sothern. supported 
by Linda Dietz, came on 
February 14 for two weeks, 
playing " Our American 
Cousin," "David Gar- 
rick," and "Dundreary 
Married and Settled." 

Gilmore's Band played 
on Sunday, February 27. 

A two weeks' season of 
Italian opera under Max 
Strakosch followed, with 
Teresa Titiens. Teresa 
Carreno Sauret, Annis 
Montague, Miss Cooney, 

Tom Karl, Brignoli, Tagliapietra, Orlandini, Barili, and 
others. Max Maretzek was the musical director. The operas 
were "Norma." "II Trovatore," "La Favorita," "Lucrezia 
Borgia," and "Don Giovanni." 

D. J. Maguinnis had a benefit on the afternoon and evening 
of Leap Year Day, February 29, 1876, playing "Leap Year" 
and "Sketches in India" in the evening, while in the after- 
noon Sothern played "Our American Cousin." 

Mrs. T. M. Hunter had a benefit on Friday evening, March 
3, presenting "The Long Strike" and "Aunt Charlotte's 

On Saturday evening, March 4, what was called a " Chal- 


Joseph AVheelock and L. R. Shewell in 
" The Two Orphans " 


lenge Programme" was given. The burlesque of " Kenil- 
worth" was played, with Olivia Rand, D. 
J. Maguinnis, Harry Bloodgood, Neil Bur- 
gess, Julia Melville, and others in the cast. 
"Handsome Dan's Burlesque Circus" was 
introduced. Lillie Joyce and Stuart Clark 
gave the balcony scene from " Romeo and 
Juliet." Professor T. McCarthy swung 
Indian clubs. Leathe and Montague did 
a gymnastic act. Fagin, Parks, Bobbie, 
and Dannie Daly did a clog dance, and 
John Coleman a jig. Eph Horn also ap- 
peared and Grimaldi Adams presented a 
short pantomime, with George Boles as 
Pantaloon. The occasion was the benefit 
of Harry Bloodgood and the receipts were 

Another Sunday con- 
cert was given on March 5 by Lothian's 
Orchestra, the Berger Family, Mrs. H. M. 
Smith, Jules Levy, and others. 

L. R. Shewell's benefit on March 7 intro- 
duced Mr. Shewell and John McCuUough 
in " Damon and Pythias." " Married Life " 
was also given. Mrs. Barry's benefit on 
March 10 offered "Love's Sacrifice" and 
"Wanted, a Young Lady," and John Mc- 
CuUough recited "The Little Hero." 

Callender's Georsria Singers and the ,, . „ 

*^ ^ Mane ^^ ilkuis as La 

Hyers Sisters sang on Sunday, March 12. Frochard 

John McCullough as 

THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

"The Colleen Bawn" was played the week of March 13. 
D. L. (Dutch) ]\Iorris in a Teutonic 
version of "Richard III" was added 
to the bill on \Yednesday. Joseph Proc- 
tor revived "Nick of the Woods" on 
Saturday evening, March IS, with L. 
R. Shewell as Roaring Ralph Stack- 

The Kellogg English Opera Company 
with the same vocalists as before re- 
turned on March ^O for another fort- 
night, adding " The Huguenots," " The 
Rose of Castile," and " The Star of the 
North" to their repertoire. 

^^^L lomew, the pan- 

tomimist, had 
a benefit on Sat- 
urday evening. 

March 25, when a variety bill was 
given. Bad weather interfered sadly 
with the receipts and another benefit 
to him was given on the following 
Saturday, April 1, 1876, when among 
others Charles F. Atkinson appeared, 
reciting "The Vagabonds," and 
Charles H. Yale sang and danced 
" The Funny Old Gal." Both of these 
gentlemen have since become man- 
agers whose names are known through- 

Fred Thorne as Fluelleu 
in " Henry V " 


Gustavu-s Levick in 
Two Orphans " 




out the whole United States. The Young Apollo Club of New 

York, with Joseph White, the Cu- 
ban violinist, and Lothian's Or- 
chestra, were heard in concert on 
Sunday, April 2. 

"Uncle Tom's Cabin," with 
Mrs. G. C. Howard as Topsy, 
G. C. Howard as St. Clair, and 
George Kunkel as Uncle Tom, 
supported by the stock company, 
filled the week of April 3 to large 

Reeves's Band of Providence 
played Sunday night, April 9. 
Jarrett and Palmer's great re- 
vival of "Julius Csesar," with E. L. Davenport as Brutus, 
Lawrence Barrett as Cassius, Frank C. Bangs as Marc An- 
tony, and Milnes Levick as Caesar, drew very large houses 
the week of x\pril 10. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Florence 
opened on April 17 in "The 
Mighty Dollar" for a two weeks' 
engagement, but owing to the 
death of Barney Williams, who 
was Mrs. Florence's brother-in- 
law, the stars were obliged to be 
away on April 25, 26, 27, and 28, 
in attendance at the funeral. \ 

"Uncle Tom's Cabin," with 
Olivia Rand as Topsy, was hast- 




Teresa Carreno 



S^^^co^ X«a^l^<x 

THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

ily substituted and the Florences returned in time to play 
"The Mighty Dollar" on the afternoon and evening of 
Saturday, April "29. 

Reverend \Y. H. H. ^Murray occupied the house for four 
Sundays, commencing April 23. 

Another week of Italian opera began on May 1, with Marie 
Palmieri, Mathilde Phillips, Adelaide Phillips, Mme. Intro- 
pidi, Signorina Persiani, Miss Cooney, Tom Karl, Gotts- 
chalk, Tagliapietra, Signor 
Palmieri, and others, as 
principals, and A. Tomasi 
as musical director. The 
operas were " Norma," " Se- 
miramide," " La Favorita," 
and "II Trovatore." 

Mrs. D. P. Bowers, sup- 
ported by J. C. McCuUom, 
appeared for two weeks 
beginning May 8 in " Eliza- 
beth," "Mary Stuart," 
"Lady Audley's Secret," 
and "The Hunchback," 
havinof the assistance of 

Kate Claxton and Mrs. Barry as the Two 

Agnes Booth in the latter 
piece. Tony Pastor's Troupe came for one evening, Satur- 
day, May 13, the artists being Tony Pastor, Charles Worley, 
Frank Girard. Baby Bindley, Jennie Morgan, Lurline the 
Water Queen, Watson the Man Fish, the Brahams, Gus Wil- 
liams, Karl Lind, Harry Kernell, Crossley and Elder, the Big 
Four (Lester, Allen, Smith, and Waldron), and Marie W^hit- 



tingham and Master Newman. Master Newman is at present 
writing the business manager of the Garrick Theatre, New 
York City. 

Clara Louise Kellogg, John Orth the pianist, and the Boston 
Philharmonic Club volunteered at N. Lothian's benefit on 
Sunday, May 24. 

The Vokes Family came on June 5 for two weeks, presenting 

" The Belles of the Kitchen," 
"A Bunch of Berries," "Fun 
in a Fog," "Nan, the Good- 
for- Nothing," and "The 
Wronj; Man in the Right 

Marie Aimee and her French 
company sang here the week 
of June 19 in " La Jolie Parfu- 
meuse," "La Vie Parisienne," 
and "La Fille de Madame 

Hermann, the magician, had 
a benefit on Wednesday, June 
28, when Mrs. Dauncey Mas- 
kell recited, Laura Joyce sang 
"The Minstrel Boy." the Al- 
monte Brothers performed acrobatic feats, H. S. Murdoch 
and Mrs. Fred Williams played the burletta of "Antony and 
Cleopatra," Charles Booth and Addie Scarsey rode veloci- 
pedes, Georgie Dean Sj)aulding played the harp, Maffitt and 
Bartholomew gave the pantomime of "Robert Macaire," and 
Hermann himself performed feats of magic. 


David Garrick Lord Dundreary 

Brother Sam 

E. A. Sothern 

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THE SEASON OF 1875-76 

On the afternoon and evenino- of July 4, the pantomime 
of "Humpty Dumptys Centennial"' was given, Avith Maffitt 
as Clown and Thomas Chapman as Pantaloon. Harry 
Hunter, afterward the Lone Fisherman in "Evangeline," was 
the Harlequin, and the Almonte Brothers, gymnasts, were 

George H. Tyler had a benefit on July 12, when Katie 
Putnam was seen in "The Child of the Regiment," the First 
Regiment Band and the Chelsea Brass Band played, Fan- 
nie Marsh (Mrs. Isaac B. Rich) played what was billed as 
"The Quarrel and Screen Scene, from W. E. Sheri- 
dan's world-famous Comedy, of 'The School for Scandal,'" 
Georgie Dean Spaulding played the harp, and Maffitt and 
Bartholomew appeared in the pantomime of "The Young 
Recruit." During the pantomime Colonel Coveney's Cele- 
brated Cadets, of East Cambridge, Mass., gave an exhibi- 
tion drill. 

Several deaths among those con- 
nected with the theatre occurred this 
season. Benjamin W. Thayer, senior 
partner in the firm of Thayer and 
Tompkins, died in December after 
eleven years of successful management, 
having with his partner brought the 
theatre from a rut of disastrous busi- 
ness and landed it among the best- 
paying theatres of the world. 

W. H. Norton, the second old man of the company, died 
during the year, as also did Annie Winslow, who had served 
in the company several years in a minor capacity. 


Tony Pastor 


George Belmore broke down while playing a star engage- 
ment and died within a few days, and Barney Wilhams, one 
of the Boston Theatre's favorite stars, also passed away 
during the year. 



THE SEASON OF 1876-77 

MR. Thayer's interest in the theatre was purchased by 
Noble H. Hill, a business man of this city, who previous 
to that time had not been connected with theatrical affairs, 
and the tirm name was changed to Tompkins and Hill. Mr. 
Shewell was retained as manager and the following company 
was engaged: C. Leslie Allen. E. J. Buckley, D. J. Maguin- 
nis, Mark Price, Gustavus Levick, M. D. Rebus, W. F. Wallis, 
H. Rees Davies, T. M. Hunter, N. Lothian. Jr., H. A. Cripps, 
George Boles, J. W. Taylor, E. Wiley, H. J. Train, George C. 
Boniface, Jr.. JNIrs. Tlionias Barry, Olivia Rand, Mrs. Charles 
Poole, Mrs. T. M. Hunter, 
Mrs. C. L. Allen, Blanche 
Hayden, Lizzie Hunt, Nel- 
lie Downing, Carrie Pres- 
cott. Emma Smiley. Maria 
Henley, lola Smiley, Mar- 
ian Follett, Ruby St. Clair, 
Florence Clifford, and Mary 
Edwards. Harry Blood- 
good, the minstrel, was also 
engaged for the season, 
with a view to using him 
on Saturday nights and like 

occasions. Mark Price 



Emile Sauret 

The season opened on August 28, 1876, with Frank Mayo 

in " The Streets of New York." 

"Kit" followed for two weeks, 
with F. S. Chanfrau and the Bos- 
ton Theatre Company. 

"The Two Orphans" was re- 
vived on September 18 for two 
weeks, Kate Claxton and Marie 
Wilkins being seen in their orig- 
inal parts and E. J. Buckley 
making his first appearance in 
this city in the role of Chevalier 
de Vaudrey. 

Dion Boucicault in " The Shaugh- 
raun" filled the month of October. Victoria Woodhull lec- 
tured on Sunday evening, October 22. Anna de Belocca made 
her Boston debut on October 29, when she was heard in 
concert with Madame A. B. Maretzek 
the harpist, Cesare Cornazzoni, tenor, 
Ferranti the baritone, Emile Sauret 
the violinist, and Teresa Carreno, who 
had become a pianist. 

Madame Janauschek followed on 
October 30 in " Bleak House," "Mac- 
beth," and "Mary Stuart" for a fort- 
night. S[)aulding's Bell Ringers and 
the Anacreon Club were heard on 
Sunday. November 12. 

John T. Raymond played " Colonel 
Sellers" the week of November 13. oie Bull 


THE SEASON OF 1876-77 

Ole Bull, violinist. Signora Cappiani. prima donna, Jules 
Levy, eornetist, and W. Popper, 
violoncellist, were heard in con- , 
cert on Sunday evening, Novem- 
ber 19, assisted by the Boston 
Theatre orchestra. 

Raymond was succeeded by 
Kate Claxton, who played " Con- 
science" for one week and "The 
Two Orphans'" for another, the 
^Madame Frochard on this oc- 
casion being ]Madame Ivan ^Nli- 

On Sunday evening, Novem- 
ber 26, Ole Bull and Jules Levy 
appeared in concert, with Fanny 
Kellogg as an added attraction. 
Louise Pomeroy, a handsome 
woman who was the wife of 
the notorious 

journalist, "Brick" Pomeroy, played her 
only starring engagement in this theatre 
the week of December 4, acting in "Ro- 
meo and Juliet," "The Lady of Lyons," 
"As You Like It," and "Macbeth." 

The performance of Saturday evening, 
December 9, was billed as a reception to 
Harry Bloodgood. The stock company 
played "The Chimney Corner," Bloodgood 
appeared in "Uncle Rufe's Home," "The 

Jolin T. Raymond as Colonel Sellers 

Mrs. Jean Davenport 


Ilan V 15 

Old District School," and "The Inquisitive Darkey," Sena- 
tor Bob Hart made a stump 
speech, J. H. O'Connor sang 
"The Elopement," the four 
Daly Brothers, Thomas, Wil- 
liam, Bob, and Dan, were seen 
in songs and dances, and Char- 
ley Yale appeared as Patsy 
Bolivar. The Daly Brothers, 
especially Dan, afterward be- 
came prominent as comedians. 
Senator Bob Hart left the stage 
and was later known as Rev. 
James Sutherland, the evang- 
elist, while Charley Yale is a 
successful manager. Gilmore's Band gave a concert on De- 
cember 10, 1876, the vocalist being Lillian Norton, who after- 
wards gained fame as Madame Nordica, the prima donna. 

The Brooklyn Theatre fire, in which hundreds perished, 
including H. S. Murdoch, formerly of 
the Boston Theatre Company, occurred 
about this time and had a disastrous 
effect on theatrical business all over the 
country, particularly in the case of Jar- 
rett and Palmer's s})ectacular production, 
" Sardanapalus," in which there was an 
extremely realistic fire scene. "Sardana- 
palus" was presented here on December 
11 for three weeks, with the following 
cast : 


Louise Pomeroy 

Nathaniel Hawthorne 

THE SEASON OF 1876-77 

Sardanapalus F. C. Bangs. 

Salemeiies Louis Aldrich. 

Beleses C. Leslie Allen. 

Arbates M. M. Price. 

Altada H. Rees Davies. 

Pania Gustavus Levick. 

Sferi Gene Wiley. 

Zanes George Boles. 

Balea M. D. Rebus. 

Herald T. M. Hunter. 

INIvrrha Agnes Booth. 

Zarina Mrs. T. M. Hunter. 

A grand Italian ballet was introduced, the principal dancers 
being Mile. Malvina Bartoletti, Signor Ernesto Mascagno, 
and Miles. Palladino, Stickel, Mascarino, and Beserti. 

On January 1, 1877, Mrs. Lander, supported by Theodore 
Hamilton, appeared in a version of Hawthorne's "Scarlet 
Letter," but this, like the previous attraction, did not draw. 

On the afternoon of Friday, January 9, a benefit was given 
to the relatives of the late H. S. Murdoch. General Mite and 
Lucia Zarate, the midgets, appeared and the remainder of the 
bill was given by the companies of all the theatres in town. 
"A Phenomenon in a Smock Frock" was played by W. J. 
LeMoyne, James Burrows, Lorin Deland, H. A. Cripps, 
Lizzie Hunt, and Olivia Rand. "Chums" was presented by 
George W. Wilson, Dr. F. A. Harris, Nat Childs, Mrs. J. R. 
Vincent, and Mary Cary. The balcony scene from "Romeo 
and Juliet," was rendered by E. J. Buckley and Stella Boni- 
face. " Caste" was played by L. R. Shewell, Gustavus Levick, 
C. Leslie Allen, D. J. Maguinnis, Mrs. Thomas Barry, and 
Olivia Rand. "Jenny Lind at Last" followed, introducing 



Eliza Weatliersby, W. H. Crane. N. C. Goodwin, Harry 
Hunter, Richard Golden. Harry Josephs, Cheever Goodwin, 
E. E. Rice, B. Bullock, H. Metzgar, A. Cassidy, S. Crane, 
G. Ulmer, D. P. Steele, H. A. Cripps, and M. Delahunt. 
Harry Bloodgood lectured on "Fish," and the entertainment 

closed with the panto- 
mime of "Robert Ma- 
caire" by James S. 
Maffitt, N. D. Jones, 
Welsh Edwards, J. V. 
Melton, A. C. More- 
land, George H. Coes, 
A. J. Leavitt, Julie Co- 
ventry, and Jennie Mc- 

Professor S. S. Bald- 
win gave an expose of 
spiritualism on Sunday, 
January 21. 

Joseph Murphy played 
" Kerry Gow" for a fort- 
night beginning Janu- 
ary 22. 

J. Harry Shannon, the 
Boy Orator, recited on Sunday evening. January 28. 

John E. Owens began a two weeks' engagement on Feb- 
ruary 5, offering "The Victims," "Self," "The Happiest Day 
of My Life," and "Solon Shingle." 

Maggie Mitchell's annual three weeks began on February 
19, when she was seen in "Mignon," later presenting "Jane 


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Eyre," "The Pearl of Savoy," and "Little Barefoot." On the 
evening of March 10, 1877, Napier Lothian played William 
Peace to Miss Mitchell's Little Barefoot. 

J. B. Booth played "Richard III" on Saturday evening, 
March 3. 

Charles Fechter, supported by Lizzie Price, played two 
weeks, in "Monte Cristo," "Hamlet," 
"Ruy Bias," and "Don Caesar." On 
March 19 INlr. Fechter was too ill to 
play and the stock company presented 
"Rory O'More" and "The Inquis- 
itive Darkey" to a bad house. 

Eugenie Pappenheim appeared in 
German opera for one week, commenc- 
ing March 26, the operas being "The 
Flying Dutchman," "Lohengrin," and 

George Riddle played "The Ro- 
mance of a Poor Young Man" on 
Saturday evening, March 31. 

Madame Janauschek returned on 
April 2 for two weeks of "Medea," 
"Bleak House," "Deborah," "Mary 
Stuart," " Macbeth," and " Brunhilde." 

It was during a performance of "Medea" that Theodore 
Roosevelt, afterward President of the United States, was 
ejected from the gallery for creating a disturbance. He was 
then a freshman at Harvard College and was "running" for 
one of the secret societies. He had been ordered to go into 
the upper gallery of the Boston Theatre in evening dress and 


Eugenie Pappenheim 


applaud vociferously in all quiet scenes. This he did faith- 
fully, with the above disastrous effect upon his dignity. 

On Wednesday afternoon, April 11, 1877, New York 

and Boston amateurs played 
"Man and Wife" in aid of 
the sufferers of the Cuban war. 
Sadie Von Leer, who played 
Anne Sylvester, afterward be- 
came a star upon the pro- 
fessional stage. The bill was 
supplemented by Adelaide 
Phillips and Laura Schirmer, 
who sang the last scene of 
" Romeo and Juliet." 

At the Fast Day matinee on 
April 12, "Uncle Tom's Cab- 
in" was presented, with Harry 
Bloodgood as Uncle Tom and Mrs. G. C. Howard as Topsy. 
General B. F. Butler lectured on Sunday evening, April 15. 
Eugenie Pappenheim returned for the week of April 16, 
Pauline Canissa being added to the company. The operas 
were "Die Walkiire," "Lohengrin," and "Fidelio." Acts 
from "The Flying Dutchman" were also given. Ad Neuen- 
dorf was the conductor. 

The Eighth Annual Benefit of Harry Bloodgood, on Satur- 
day evening, April 21, presented "Katy, the Hot Corn Girl" 
and a variety show, in which Bloodgood and Sam Weston 
played "He's Got to Come," and the Four Daly Brothers, 
Coleman and Dwyer, Masters Tommy and Johnny Drohan, 
and others appeared. 


Theodore Roosevelt, when in College 

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THE SEASON OF 1876-77 

Charles Fecliter and Lizzie Price returned on April 23 for 
two weeks in "The Corsican Brothers," "Hamlet," and "The 
Lady of Lyons." 

On Saturday evening, April 28. 1877, the INIassachusetts 
Rifle Association had a benefit, when "Sarah's Young Man" 
and "The Chimney Corner" were played and a prize drill 
took place between Company H, First Battalion of Infantry, 
Company D, Fifth Regiment 
of Infantry, and Company 
G, Ninth Battalion. 

Ole Bull, Jules Lumbard, 
the Berger Family, and the 
Boston Theatre orchestra 
gave a concert on Sunday, 
April 29. 

Clara Morris made her 
first appearance here as a 
star on May 7, playing " Ca- 
mille" all that week and 
"Miss Multon" all the next. 
On the first night of "Miss 
Multon" the curtain was 
rung down after the second 
act and the money was re- 
turned to the audience. Miss Morris blamed the manager 
and he blamed her for the trouble and the matter was aired 
in the newspapers. 

Mrs. Barry had a benefit on Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 
when John McCullou2:h, Sol Smith Russell, and George Rid- 
die volunteered. At Harry M'Glenen's benefit on Saturday 




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Benjamin F. Butler 


Sara Jewett 

evening, May 12, Agnes Booth and Cazeneuve the magician 

were the volunteers. 

The Union Square Theatre 
Company of New York pro- 
duced "The Danicheffs" on 
May 21 for two weeks, the com- 
pany including Charles R. 
Thorne, Jr., James O'Neill, 
Louis James, Fanny Morant, 
Sara Jewett, Ida Vernon, and 
others. Mr. Thorne was taken 
. ill during the first week and was 
\ obliged to retire from the cast, 
his part being taken by Louis 
James. Sara Jewett had a bene- 
fit on the afternoon of May 31, when "Romeo and Juliet" 
was played, with Miss Jewett as Juliet, Louis James as Mer- 
cutio, and James O'Neill as Romeo. 
Aimee and her French Opera 
Company followed on June 4 for 
two weeks in "La Perichole," "La 
Belle Helene," "La Fille de Ma- 
dame Angot," "La Jolie Parfu- 
meuse," "La Grande Duchesse," 
"La Boulangere a des Ecus," "Gi- 
rofle-Girofla," "La Belle Poule," 
and " Les Dragons de Villars." 

H. A. M'Glenen had another 
benefit on Thursday, June 21, when 
the volunteers were Joseph Proctor, Clara Morris 



THE SEASON OF 1876-77 

Sol Smith Russell, Sir Randall Roberts, Louis Aldrich, Archie 
Cowper, Ethel Greybrooke, and the members of the regular 

W. P. Prescott benefited on June 23, a variety show being 
given, in which Billy Morris was seen once more, Charley 
Yale was the clown in the pantomime of "Tommy Tuttle, 
the Mischief Maker," and Master Dunn (afterward Arthur 
Dunn) did a song and dance. 

A benefit for the sufferers by the St. John fire was given on 
June 28, when "Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" was 
played by Frank Mayo, Blanche Slader, J. W. Hague, H. A. 
Cripps, N. Lothian, Jr., J. T. McNary, Annie Clarke, and 
Susan Flood. Wyzeman Marshall read, Nella F. Brown re- 
cited, Fanny Kellogg sang, Helen Mar White recited, Helen 
Potter gave impersonations, Annie Clarke played Romeo to 
IVIi's. Barry's Juliet, J. W. Lanergan recited, Sol Smith Rus- 
sell was seen in his sketches, and "The Inquisitive Darkey" 
was played by J. H. Ring, T. M. Hunter, H. A. Cripps, 
Lizzie Edwards, and Nellie Downing. 

J. B. Sullivan's benefit closed the season, on Wednesday 
evening, July 11, when a mixed bill was given, including the 
" Winners of the Race," T. Mahoney (stroke) , Gookin Brothers, 
and F. Plaisted (bow). These were evidently the winners of the 
Fourth of July race on the Charles River. 


THE SEASON OF 1877-78 

THE new members of the company in 1877-78 were George 
R. Parks, John T. Craven. H. E. Chase. C. Rolfe. J. H. 
Howland. Harry Pierson, Mrs. M. A. Pennoyer, Sadie Hen- 
ley, and Emma Wyman. 

George Parks remained here for several seasons, as did most 
of the others. He went from this theatre to the Boston Mu- 
seum, where he met and married Elizabeth Robins, a mem- 
ber of the stock company at that theatre, who has since won 

fame as a novelist. Mr. Parks 
committed suicide by drown- 
ing in 1887. 

John T. Craven died re- 
cently in New York, having 
been for some years principal 
comedian of the Castle Square 
Theatre in Boston, where he 
was a great favorite. 

H. E. Chase married Miss 
Emma Wyman, a fellow mem- 
ber of the company, and died 
a few years since, leaving a 
reputation as a faithful, pains- 
taking actor. 

E. Wiley, sometimes billed 

Eugene W. Presbrey 








THE SEASON OF 1877-78 

as Gene Wiley, was Eugene Wiley Presbrey, now well known 
as a producing stage-manager, and the author of several suc- 
cessful plays, notably "Ratiies/' and 
"The Right of Way." 

C. Rolfe was in private life Charles 
Rohlfs. whose wife is Anna Katha- 
rine Green, the author of "The 
Leavenworth Case" and many other 
rapidly selling detective stories. 

Mrs. M. A. Pennoyer has left the 
stage and is now living in retirement 
in Dorchester. 

Sadie Henley married H. A. Cripps, 
another member of the company, her 
sister Maria having previously be- 
come Mrs. Rufus Scott. 

Lawrence McCarty joined the com- 
pany this season as call-boy, from 
which position he gradually arose 
successively to the offices of prompter, 

stage- manager, traveling manager, business manager of the 
Park Theatre under Eugene Tompldns, and finally manager 
of the Boston Theatre itself. 

The season opened on August 20 with the Hyers Sisters 
Combination and Sam Lucas in " Out of Bondage," the com- 
pany being composed entirely of colored performers. 

The Campbell Comedy Company in "How Women Love, 
a Story of the Sierras," followed on August 27, with two weeks 
of light business. 

F. S. Chanfrau in " Kit" followed for two weeks, opening on 


Lydia Thompson as Robinson 


September 17, 1877, the day of the dedication of the Soldiers' 
Monument on Boston Common. 

Lydia Thompson began on October 1 a two weeks' stay in 
"Robinson Crusoe," "Oxygen," and "Bluebeard." Her 
company included Willie Edouin, Fred Marshall, Horatio 
Saker, William Forrester, Marie Williams, Alice Atherton, 
Ella Chapman, Marion Elmore, Lena Merville, Emily Dun- 
can, Lavinia Hogan, the Winner 
Sisters, Bessie Temple, and Alice 

Mary Anderson made her first 
Boston appearance on October 15, 
1877, in "Evadne." She stayed 
but one week, acting also in " Guy 
Mannering," "Ion," "Romeo and 
Juliet," and "Ingomar." The 
houses were small, though in after 
years she became a strong attrac- 

A two weeks' season of opera 
followed on October 22, with Eu- 
genie Pappenheim, Mathilde Wilde, Adelaide Phillips, Alex- 
andi'e Human, Charles R. Adams, W. T. Carleton, Christian 
Fritsch, Tagliapietra, George Werrenrath, and others as prin- 
cipals, and Max Maretzek as conductor. The operas were 
"Les Huguenots." "Der Freischiitz," "Lohengrin," "II 
Trovatore," "Robert le Diable," "Fidelio," "Faust," and 
"Lucrezia Borgia." 

On October 31 a benefit was given to the family of the late 
Edwin Adams, when E. A. Sothern brought his entire com- 

Mary Anderson 


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THE SEASON OF 1877-78 

pany from New York and played " The Crushed Tragedian," 
returning in time for his evening performance in the metro- 

On the evening of November 3 a single performance of 
"The Danites" was given, 
with McKee Rankin, Kittie 
Blanchard, and Louis Al- 
drich in the cast. 

Maggie Mitchell came on 
November 5 for two weeks, 
presenting "Mignon," "Fan- 
chon," and "The Pearl of 

A performance of " II Tro- 
vatore" was given on the 
evening of November 17, 
with Anna Granger Dow, 
Adelaide Randall, Joseph 
Maas, and William Carleton 
in leading roles. 

General James Shields lec- 
tured Sunday. November 18. 

John T. Raymond played 
"Colonel Sellers" during the week beginning November 19. 

Lothian's Concert, on Sunday, November 25, introduced 
Mary Beebe and Alfred Wilkie. 

For a fortnight beginning November 26. " The Two Or- 
phans" was offered with Gertrude Kellogg as the blind girl, 
]Mrs. H. C. Jordan as La Frochard, E. J. Buckley as the 
Chevalier, and Mark Price as Pierre. 


Charles R. Adams 


The great event of the season, and one which pi'oved to be 
a turning-point in the history of the theatre, placing it among 
the highest of the producing theatres of the United States, was 
the spectacular production of "The Exiles," a play which had 
been purchased from the authors in Paris by Eugene Tomp- 
kins, son of the senior member of the firm of managers. Large 
sums of money had been spent upon the scenery, costumes, 
and accessories, and the instantaneous success of the piece 
proved that the public appreciated the liberality of the man- 
agement. The programme of the opening night read as 
follows : 

December 10th, 1877, first performance of 

A Drama in 5 acts, adapted from the French of Victorien Sardou. Eugene 
Nus and Prince Lubomirsky by L. R. Shevvell. (Copyright, 1877, by 
Tompkins and Hill.) 

The Scenery by Charles S. Getz, assisted by John Sommer. 

Music by N. Lothian. 

Costumes by Miss A. Endress. 

Uniforms by Jordan. Marsh and Co. 

Stage Architecture by W. P. Prescott. 

Properties by J. B. Sullivan. 

Calcium Lights and Effects by G. Osborn. 

Distribution of Characters : 

M. Max de Lussieres, a wealthy Frenchman Louis James. 

(Who, through the courtesy of John T. Ford, Esq., has been 
specially engaged to create this part.) 
M.Schelm, Chief of the oth Bureau of Imperial 

Police L. R. Shewell. 



Marie Wainwright 
E. J. Buckley 
Mark Price 

Louis James 

L. R. Shiewell 

D. J. Maguinnis and Louis James 

The Exiles — 1877 

Mrs. T. M. Hunter 
C. Leslie Allen 
H. Rees Davies 


Count Wladimir Lanine 
Count Palkine, his cousin 
Carcassin, Crimean Soldier, servant to Max 
Nicholas Popoff, Violinist 
The Grand Duke Prince Pierre, Commander 
in Chief 

Ed. J. Buckley. 
Mark Price. 
D. J. Maguinnis. 
C. Leslie Allen. 

H. R. Davies. 
J. T. Craven. 
G. Wiley. 
G. Parks. 
R. J. Dillon. 
J. H. Rowland. 
C. Rolfe. 
J. Casey. 
George Davis. 
H. Lowe. 
H. E. Wilcox. 
H. Hines. 
I J. T. McNary. 

Ludoff ) Agents of 

Toltoi ) Police 

Surgeon Major 

Petrowitch ' 

Louvanoff Leaders of 

Boreski a Nihilist 

Lucknow Conspiracy, 

Tcherki • afterward 

Pereiine exiled 

Rouvanoff to 

Redilin, Siberia 


Stanavoi, Chief Overseer of the Russian Vil- 
lage H. E. Chase. 

Tjanor, a Tartar Boatman W. Armstrong. 

Lieutenant Mikaloff H. A. Cripps. 

Colonel Murdoff S. Spencer. 

Captain Golok E. Young. 

Mile. Nadege Lanine, Wladimir's sister, 

(specially engaged) Miss Marie Wainwright. 

Countess Tatiana Lanine, wife to Wladimir Mrs. T. M. Hunter. 

Ladies, Gentlemen, Russians, Peasants, Bridesmaids, Attendants, Serv- 
ants, Populace, Pages, Musicians, Agents of Police, Spies, Conspirators, 
Exiles, Siberians, Tartars, Soldiers and Cossacks by a Host of Auxil- 

Act 1. Tableau I. Bureau of Police in St. Petersburg. Tableau II. 
Square of Sherbakofl. 




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Act 2. Tableau I. Fete in Prince Pierre's Palace. Tableau II. Interior 
of !21 Rue Sherbakott'. Conspirators in Council. 

Act 3. Tableau I. In E.\ile. Escape. Tableau II. Cross Road of the 
Stone Pillar. 

Act 4. Tableau I. The Governor's House in Siberia. The Conflagra- 

Act 5. Tableau I. Ferryman's Hut on the Angara. Tableau II. Apart- 
ments of the Commandant in the Citadel at Irkutsk. 

"The Exiles" ran ten weeks to gratifyingly profitable 
receipts and was followed on February 11, 1878, by John 
McCuUough in a production of "Coriolanus" which held 
the stage for two weeks, the third being filled by the same 
star in "Richard III," "Virginius," "Othello," "King Lear," 
"The Gladiator," and "Jack Cade." 

Edwin Booth, supported by Joseph Wheelock, J. Clinton 
Hall, and the stock company, appeared for the next three 
weeks in his usual tragic repertoire. 

Marie Wainwright 

Marie Eoze 



"The Danites" was played for a fortnight beginning 
Marcli 25 by McKee Rankin, Kittie Blanchard, Louis Al- 
drich, Charles T. Parsloe, and the Boston Theatre Com- 

Two weeks of ItaHan opera followed, introducing ^larie 
Roze, Clara Louise Kellogg, Annie Louise Gary, Mme. Gui- 

dotti, Miss Lancaster, Frapolli, 
Tom Karl, Verdi, Conly, Gotts- 
chalk, and Charles R. Adams in 
the more familiar operas. 

A performance of " Romeo and 
Juliet" was given on the evening; 
of Saturday, April 13. with W. E. 
Nowlan, Jr., a local novice, as 
Romeo, Mary Cary as Juliet, 
Charles A. Stedman as Mercutio, 
Stuart Clarke as Tybalt, Frank 
Carlos as Benvolio, Frank Whit- 
cher as Friar Lawrence, T. H. 
Burns as Peter, Alfred Selwyn as 
Paris, John Davies as Capulet. S. E. Springer as the Apothe- 
cary, Charles Lothian as Balthazar, Hattie Randall as the 
Page, Mrs. C. L. Allen as Lady Capulet, and Lizzie Anderson 
as the Nurse. 

Joseph Jefferson was seen as "Rip Van Winkle" for two 
weeks, commencing April 22. 

Callender's Georgia Minstrels appeared on Saturday even- 
ing, April 27. 

Maggie Moore and J. C. Williamson played the week of 
May 6 in "Struck Oil," and "The Chinese Question." Mr. 


Willie Edouin 


THE SEASON OF 1877-78 

Williamson has since become a highly successful manager in 

The Colville Folly Company, a successor to the Lydia 
Thompson Company, filled the five weeks beginning May 13 
with "The Babes in the Wood," 
"Piff Faff," "Robinson Crusoe," 
and "Oxygen." The members of 
the company were Erne Roseau, 
Willie Edouin, Marion Elmore, 
Lina Merville, William Forrest- 
er, Alice Atherton, William Gill, 
Marie Williams, Ada Lee, Elinor 
Deerino;, Kate Everleioh, Lavinia 
Hogan, Annie Deacon, Annie Win- 
ner, Susie Winner, Bessie Temple, 
Bessie Turner, Jenny Clark, Mary 
Winner, Clara White, Nancy Tar- 
but and Messrs. Bohrer, De Smith, 
Amberg, and Harper. H. Sator 

was the musical director. Elma Delaro was added to the 
company for the part of Suzel in "Oxygen." 

On the occasion of H. A. McGlenen's benefit on May 22, 
1878, John McCullough played Claude Melnotte in "The 
Lady of Lyons" to the Pauline of Mary Anderson. 

The season closed on June 17 with a benefit to Willie 
Edouin, when "Oxygen" was presented, with a scene from 
"Blue Beard" and three scenes from "Robinson Crusoe." 
Reeves's American Band of Providence played and D. J. 
Maguinnis sang his own composition, "The Christening." 

J. C. Williamson 


THE SEASON OF 1878-79 

LR. She WELL concluded his term of service as manager 
at the end of the season of 1877-78. and for the next two 
years the programme was headed, simply, Tompkins and Hill, 
Proprietors. Early in the autumn of 1878, however, Eugene 
Tompkins assumed the reins, which he continued to hold 
until his retirement from business in 1901, although his name 
did not appear upon the bills until August, 1880. 

The company for 1878-79 comprised Louis James, Harry 
Edwards, C. Leslie Allen, D. J. Maguinnis, Mark Price, J. 
W. Hague, A. Z. Chipman, Horace Lewis, George R. Parks, 
Stephen E. Springer, H. E. Chase, Gene Wiley, E. Y. Backus, 

Horace Lewis E. Y. Backus 



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THE SEASON OF 1878-79 

H. T. Gibson, T. N. Edwards, J. W. Taylor, Mrs. Thomas 
Barry, Anna Warren Story, Rachel Noah, 
Mrs. M. A. Pennoyer, Mrs. C. L. Allen, 
May Bowers. Ida F. Thoreau, Clara Bell, 
Alice Barnicoat, Charlotte Blair, Fanny 
Dudley, Vililla Chase, and Emma Wyman. 
Horace Lewis and S.E. Springer, neither 
of whom is now living, both became 
excellent character actors. Mr. Lewis 
essayed several starring tours, playing 
"Monte Cristo," "The Poor Relation," 
and "The Middleman." Mr. Springer 
died in Boston in 1897 and Mr. Lewis 
in Brookline, Mass., in 1905. 

E. Y. Backus has since 
gained high esteem as a 
stage-manager in the serv- 
ice of Charles Frohman, 
Klaw and Erlanger, and Henry W. Savage. 
May Bowers was the daughter of Mrs. 
D. P. Bowers and is now the wife of Frank 
Bennett, at one time proprietor of the Hotel 
Gotham in New York. 

Clara Bell was in private life Clara Bell 
Flagg. She married Mark Price of this com- 
pany and is living in Boston, though she retired 
from the stage some years since. 

Charlotte Blair married Harry Doel Parker, 
, . T Tir who is a theatrical manager, and as Lottie 

Louis .lames as il. » 

Madeleine Blair Parker she is known as the author of 

Louis James as Jean 



"Way Down East" and other successful plays. A. Z. Chip- 
man married Minnie Moulton, who was sometimes seen 

in minor roles in this com- 
pany, being also billed as 
Blanche Moulton. 

The season opened with a 
production of "The Two 
Mothers," a drama founded 
on the famous Tichborne 
case, which ran three weeks, 
being followed by the peren- 
nial "Kit," for two weeks. 

Mary Anderson began a 
two weeks' engagement on 
September 30, presenting 
"The Hunchback," "Romeo 
and Juliet." "Macbeth," and "Ingomar." 

On October 14 a dramatization of Victor Hugo's "Les 
Miserables," entitled " Cosette," was produced. It ran five 
weeks, but did not meet with great success. The east was as 
follows : 

Jean Valjean and M. Madeleine 


M. Myriel 

The Thenadier 




President of Court 



Zoe Tuttle as Cosette 

Louis James. 
Mark M. Price. 

C. Leslie Allen. 

D. J. Maguinnis. 
J. W. Hague. 
S. E. Springer. 
S. E. Springer. 
Chas. Addison. 
A. Z. Chipman. 
Gene Wiley. 


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THE SEASON OF 18 78-79 


Jacquin Labarre 

Father Simon 






Deputy Mayor 





First Policeman 

Second Policeman 


Sister Simplice 

Madame Thenadier 

Mile. Baptistine 

Madame Magloire 

Madame Dorothee 


Petite Gervaise 




J. T. Craven. 
H. E. Chase. 
Horace Lewis. 
E. Y. Backus. 
J. Armstrong. 
T. N. Edwards. 

E. B. Young. 
George Parks. 
H. T. Gibson. 

F. M. Norcross. 
S. E. Spencer. 
H. A. Cripps. 

J. Taylor. 
C. Coolidge. 
Mr. Wilson. 
Mrs. Thos. Barry. 
Anna Warren Story. 
Mrs. M. A. Pennoyer. 
Mrs. C. L. Allen. 
Mrs. Nellie Burns. 
Clara Bell. 
Little Zoe Tuttle. 
Jeannette Morris. 
Miss Wilson. 
Alice Barnicoat. 
Charlotte Blair. 

Marie Roze-Mapleson, Brignoli, W. T. Carleton, Alfred 
H. Pease, and others wei-e heard in concert on Sunday, 
October 27. 

On the afternoon of Octol)er 30, 1878, W. S. Schmitt. an 
amateur, made his first appearance on any stage, enacting the 
role of Shylock and being supported by the regular company. 

Wilhelmj, the violinist, appeared in concert on Sunday 



evening, November 3, and again 

Mavie Roze-Mapleson 

Franz Rummel were heard in 
concert on Sunday, December 27. 
Her Majesty's Opera Com- 
pany, under the management of 
Colonel J. H. Mapleson, was 
heard in Italian opei-a for the 
following fortnight, the artists 
at the head of the organization 
being Etelka Gerster, Minnie 
Hauk, Marie Roze, Parodi, Si- 
nico, Frapolli, Galassi, Campa- 
nini, Del Puente, and Lablache; 


on December 8, being as- 
sisted on the latter occa- 
sion by the singer, lima di 

"The Exiles" was re- 
vived on November 18 
and ran four weeks, Harry 
Edwards replacing L. R. 
Shewell as Schelm. 

" The Two Mothers" was 
revived for the week of 
December 16, and the 
following week the stock 
company played " Uncle 
Tom's Cabin," Louis 
James taking the role of 
Uncle Tom. 

Edouard Remenyi and 

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THE SEASON OF 1878-79 

the operas being- "II Trovatore," "La Sonnambula," "The 
Marriage of Figaro." "Carmen," "I Puritani," "Rigoletto," 
"Faust," and "The Magic Fhite." "Carmen" was first heard 
in Boston on Friday, January 3, 1879, Minnie Hauk being 

J. H. Mapleson 

Carmen, Campanini Don Jose, and Del Puente the Tore- 
ador. Mme. Sinico was the Michaela. The ballet divertisse- 
ment "Les Papillons" was presented as an afterpiece for 
"La Sonnambula." 

John McCullough began a three weeks' engagement on 
January 13, 1879, giving "Pizarro," "Brutus," "Virginius," 



"Richard IH," "Henry VHI," "Julius C*sar," "Macbeth," 

"Othello," and "Jack Cade." 

The first Elks' Benefit took place 
on Thursday afternoon, January 23, 
1879, the volunteers being the Boston 
Theatre Company in "The Irish Tu- 
tor," and the fifth act of "The Mer- 
chant of Venice," Myron W. Whitney, 
Brown's Brigade Band, Tony Pastor, 
Maude Granger, Emily Rigl, and 
H. A. Weaver in a scene from "Al- 
most a Life," E. J. Buckley in recita- 
tion, a scene from "Evangeline" with 
Geoi-ge S. Knight, E. A. Locke, Harry 

Josephs, and N. D. Jones, George Thatcher in "The Villain 

Etelka Gerster 

Ilraa di Murska 

Minnie Hauk as Canufu 



THE SEASON OF 18 78-79 

Franz Riimmel 


Still Pursued Her," John F. 
Sheridan and Alicia Jourdain, 
Delehanty and Hengler, Harry 
Montague the singer, Kelly and 
Ryan, Forest and Francis, 
Charles Vivian, who was the 
founder of the Elks, and Rel 
Mueab the Fire King. The re- 
ceipts were $1962.80. 

The Strakosch Italian Opera 
Company sang for a fortnight 
February 3 in the 

customary operas, the artists being 
Marie Litta, Kellogg, Cary, Miss Lan- 
caster, lima di Murska, and Charles 
R. Adams. Dion Boucicault played 
"The Shaughraun" for two weeks 
commencing February 17, and "Ar- 
rah na Pogue" for the third week, 
John Brougham being especially en- 
gaged for the part 
of Major Bagenal 
O'Grady in the 
latter piece. 
Stimulated by 
the success of Sardou's play, "The Ex- 
iles," Messrs. Tompkins and Hill com- 
missioned M. Sardou to write a play 
expressly for the Boston Theatre. He 
did so, the result being "Andre Fortier, 


George Thatcher 

Genevieve Ward 


S. L. Studley 

the Hero of the Calaveras," which was pro- 
duced with great attention to detail and a 
fine cast on March 11, 1879. It ran four 
weeks, but without success. It was not a 
") good play. 

On Wednesday afternoon, March 12, 1879, 
a wrestling match between Colonel J. H. Mc- 
Laughlin and John McMahon drew $1802.50. 
T. E. Halleck, manager of the Siege of Paris 
Cyclorama, benefited on Sunday, March 16, 
the attractions being Reeves's American Band, 
the Ninth Regiment Band, the Alpine Quar- 
tette, the Orpheus Quartette, Dora Wiley, 
William Hamilton, and ]Master Charles F. 
Higgins, violinist. 



Ward played her only starring 
in this house dur- 
the week of April 7, 1879, 
when she was seen in 
"Jane Shore," "Hen- 
ry VIII," "The Mer- 
chant of Venice," and 

Gilbert and Sulli- 
van's opera, "H. M. 
S. Pinafore," was pro- 
duced on April 14, 
1879, with the best 
cast that could be 



Mary Beebe 




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Mary Beebe 

Isabel McCulloch 

Georgia Cayvan 

H. C. Barnabee 

M. W. Whitney 

Tom Karl 

George Frothingham 

Adelaide Phillips 

Gus Kammerlee 

H. M. S. Pinafore — 1879 


procured, Messrs. Tompkins and Hill having commissioned 
Miss E. H. Ober to enoao-e the singers without regard to 
cost. It ran seven weeks to phenomenal business. The cast 
was as follows : 

Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. H. C. Barnabee. 

Captain Corcoran M. W. Whitney. 

Ralph Rackstraw Tom Karl. 

Dick Deadeye George Frothingham. 

Bill Bobstay Arthur Hitchcock. 

Bob Beckett Frank L. Crowell. 

Tom Bowlin George R. Titus. 

Tom Tucker, Midshipmite Gertrude Calef. 

Josephine Mary Beebe. 

Little Buttercup Isabelle McCulloch. 

Hebe Georgia Cay van. 

Marguerite Brickett, Mrs. J. B. Mullen, Mrs. W. H. Gilbert, 
Minnie Moulton, Mrs. A. Demont, Stella Hatch, Jessie Hatch, 
Mrs. B. E. Currier, Alice Barnicoat, Ida F. Thoreau, Vililla 
Chase, Viola Parker. 

Mrs. Delia Smith, Miss H. A. Brown. Mrs. Charles Pratt, Carrie 
Lothian, C. E. Gooch, E. E. Edwards, Jennie Robinson, Mrs. A. 
N. Nicholson, Misses Charlotte Blair, Gertrude Parsons, Fannie 
Dudley, Emma Wyman. 

Charles Winter, J. J. Maloney, James Montgomery, E. D. Dan- 
iels, H. A. Cripps. C. Danforth, George E. Boyle, J. E. Burgess, 
C. T. Sylvester, H. E. Bonney, F. L. Crowell, H. Waterston, 
Curtis Adams. 

William Whitney, D. F. Zerrahn, J. A. Harrington, A. J. Hub- 
bard, H. L. Bradeen, J. C. Turner, J. L. Gilbert, J. Burchmore, 



THE SEASON OF 1878-79 

F. Fenniman, H. C. Jordan, H. F. Dixie, C. H. Reed, J. A. Baker, 
and I'ark S. Rush. 

Director of Chorus S. L. Studley. 

Prompter N. Lothian, Jr. 

From this company the famous Boston Ideal Opera Com- 
pany was formed, being in its turn succeeded by the Boston- 
ians, a highly popuhir and successful oj^era company which 
was decidedly the best organization of its kind that this 
country has ever known. 

At Mrs. Barry's benefit on INIay 
3, her daughter Fanny made her 
debut, playing Clara in "Hunted 

At D. J. Maguinnis's benefit on 
May 10, Georgia Cayvan made 
her debut on the dramatic stage, 
playing Sally Scraggs in " Sketches 
in India." 

At Rachel Noah's benefit on 
jNIay 17, Norah Bartlett made her 
debut as Julia in "The Hunch- 

At H. A. M'Glenen's benefit on May 24, John McCullough 
played Ingomar to the Parthenia of Mary Anderson. 

"Fatinitza" was produced on June 2 and ran two weeks, 
Adelaide Phillips, W. H. Fessenden, Alice Carle, Rachel Noah, 
George Parks, and John T. Craven being added to the " Pina- 
fore" company. 

Haverly's ^Mastodon ]Minstrels closed the season with a 
week of good business, opening on June 16. 

George Frothingham 


THE SEASON OF 1879-80 

THE company for 1879-80 was made up as follows: 
Thomas W. Keene, E. J. Buckley, Harry Edwards, 
D. J. Maguinnis, C. Leslie Allen, Mark Price, J. W. Hague, 
J. T. Craven, A. Z. Chipman, S. E. Springer, H. E. Chase, 
George Parks, Gene Wiley, H. A. Cripps, William H. Spencer, 
W. R. Falls, J. W. Taylor, J. Armstrong, Mrs. Barry, Rachel 
Noah, Mrs. Pennoyer, Adelaide Detchon, Clara B. Flagg, 
Fannie Dudley, Julia Dillon, Lizzie A. Moore, Ella Smiley, 
Sadie Morris, Lizzie Rechelle, and Gertie Blanchard. 

A company composed entirely of colored people sang 

Thomas W. Keene 

Henry E. Dixey 


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THE SEASON OF 1879-80 

"H. M. S. Pinafore" the week of July 7. Business was 
extremely bad. 

Haverly's Genuine 
Colored Minstrels filled 
the week of August 18, 
Billy Kersands, Sam Lu- 
cas, Wallace King, Dick 
Little, Tom ]McIntosh, 
Bob Mack, Pete Devo- 
near, James Bland, the 
Bohee Brothers, Sykes 
and Woodson, William 
Allen the pedestal danc- 
er, and Alex. Brown the 
imitator being among 
the entertainers. They 
were followed by Em- 
erson's Megatherian Minstrels, who appeared the week of 

August 25, the principal performers 
being Billy Emerson, Schoolcraft and 
Goes, Lew Simmons, the Three Ran- 
kins, Seamon, Somers and the Girard 
Brothers, Harry Robinson, Alfred Lis- 
ton, J. A. Barney, H. W. Frillman, 
Arthur Cook, and the song and dance 
teams of Gibson and Binney, Walsh 
and King, Haverly and Gibbs, Parks 
and Donovan, Lyons and Leary, and 
Kelly and O'Brien. 
Bartley Campbell F. C. Burnand's farcical comedy 

Dickie Lingard 



William Harris 

"Boulogne" was presented for two weeks, beginning Septem- 
ber 1, Dickie Lingard, and W. 
H. Lytell being especially en- 

F. S. Chanfrau followed on 
September 15 for two weeks 
in "Kit." 

The Boston Ideal Opera 
Company opened on Sep- 
tember 29 for four weeks of 
"Pinafore" and "Fatinitza." 
Louis Aldrich, Charles T. 
Parsloe, and the New York 
Union Square Theatre Com- 
pany played Bartley Camp- 
bell's greatest success, "My Partner," for two weeks, com- 
mencing October 27. 

Maurice Grau's French Opera 

Company, with Paola Mai'ie, An- 

gele, Gregoire, Victor Capoul, and 

Juteau, in "La Fille de Madame 

Angot," "La Grande Duchesse," 

"Girofle-Girofla," "La Perichole," 

" Les Brigands," " Mignon," " Barbe 

Bleue," and " La Belle Helene," 

filled the weeks of November 10 

and 17. 

Thomas W. Keene joined the 

company as leading man and also 

made his first appearance in this 


Catherine Lewis 

THE SEASON OF 1879-80 

cily in "Drink," a dramatization by Charles Reade of Emile 
Zola's "L'Assommoir," which was produced on November 
24, 1879. L. R. Shewell, Florence Chase, and Ada Gilman 
were especially engaged. Although a powerful play and ex- 
ceedingly well acted, " Drink" ran but four weeks. The entire 
cast was as follows : 




Mes Bottes 


Bee Sali 


Pere Colombe 



Phoebe Sage 


Madame Rouge 




Thomas W. Keene. 
I-. R. Shewell. 
E. J. Buckley. 
D. J. Maguinnis. 
S. E. Springer. 
John T. Craven. 
Gene Wiley. 
W. H. Spencer. 
Rachel Noah. 
Florence Chase. 
Ada Gilman. 
Little Gertrude. 
Mrs. Treville. 
Clara B. Flagg. 
Fannie Dudley. 
Julia Dillon. 

The stock company presented "Dot" and "Katherine and 
Petruchio" for the week of December 22. and Thomas W. 
Keene was seen as Richard III on Saturday evening, Decem- 
ber 27. 

INIapleson's Her INIajesty's Opera Company began a two 
weeks' season on December 29. the chief singers being Mari- 
mon, Valleria, Cary, Ambre, Campanini. Del Puente, La- 
blache. Galassi. Runcio, David, and Behrens, who sang in 
"La Sonnambula," "Martha," "La Figlia del Reggimento," 



' Aida," " Linda di Chamouni." " Faust," " II Flauto Magico," 

" Rigoletto," and "Dino- 
rah." Rossini's "Stabat 
Mater" was sung on the 
evening of Sunday, Janu- 
ary 4, 1880. 

x4t the Elks' Benefit on 
January 8, 1880, Bartley 
Campbell, the playwright, 
recited his own poem, "My 
Baby of Tuscaloo," and 
Fred F. Levantine was seen 
in feats of equilibrium. Mr. 
Levantine afterward as- 
sumed his own name and 
became Fred F. Proctor, 
of the firm of Keith and 

Denmau Thompson as Joshua ProctOr of NeW York, at 

Whitcorab in 1879 

present the leading spirits in the 
association of vaudeville man- 
agers of America. George Mil- 
bank, who afterwai'd successfully 
managed the Palace Theatre and 
Austin and Stone's Museum, was 
seen in the negro character of 
Sambo, in "The Comanches." 
Harris and Carroll did a mus- 
ical sketch entitled "School vs. 
Mischief." Mr. Harris later be- f. f. Proctor 








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The Author's Original Stage Business, 

The Real Antique Japanese Costumes, 

And Entire New and Gorgeous Scenery, 

Specially Designed by the Author for this Production. 

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:ierj Enening at 7.45. 

Wednesday and Saturday Matinees at 2 


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Stage Manager, William Dij 

Scenic Artist, - . - . - - John A. TnoMP* 

Musical Director, ....... Gbobgk Lobi 

Treasurer, ---..--- Frank G. Hard 

Ticket Agent, - Kdward C. ISbllc 

Machinists, ----- li. B. iIauhis and Benj. Cr. 
Steam anri Gaa Engineer, ..... Fbed. Cvt'. 

rropertles, - - - - wu. 0'Brii£N and Thos. McIh 

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the performance. 

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please leave them at the Ticket Office. 

Patrons -will pl«ase report to the Manager In person, or 
letter, any inattention on the part of the 
attaches of this Theatre. 

The Gas Fixtures and Chandeliers are ft-om Messrs. C. 
McKBNNEY & CO., No. 634 Washington Street. 

Booms for cloaks, coats and umbrellas on Orchestra e 
Balcony floors. 

The Manager nrill not be responsible for hata, -^vraps. coa 
umbrellas, or other articles placed under the seats. 


Orchestra Floor. 

Stairs, right of Main Entrance. 

Ihe Celebrated WEBER and HAINES PIANOS used at t 
Theatre exclusively are furnished by M. STEiNERT 
Sb SONS., cor. Tremont and Boylston Streets. 


To avoid confusion and delay, the drivers of public e 
private vehicles are requested to enter by Tremont Str 
and pass out via Washington Street, both before and af 
the performance. During the run of "The Mikado" o 
rlagea maybe ordered at 4:30 for the Matinees, and X0| 
for the evening performance. 

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came a member of the firm of Rich ami Harris, manaj^ers 
of tlie HolHs Street Theatre, the Howard Athenieum, tlie 
Boston Museum, and the Colonial. Park, and Tremont 
Theatres in Boston. The Snow Brothers, acrobats, who also 
appeared, included Ben Snow, who has been for many years 
stage-manager of the Grand Dime and the Bowdoin Square 

Harry Bloodgood's Minstrels were seen on the evening of 
January 10, Press Eldredge, Robert Tyrrell, Alfred Liston, 
Charley Brickwood, and E. Kerwan being among the per- 

Denman Thompson made his first appearance in the Boston 
Theatre on January 12, 1880, when he presented "Joshua 
Whitcomb" for a four weeks' run with this cast : 

Uncle Josh, an old Jackson Democrat 

Round V 

John Martin 

Frederick Dolby 

Cy Prime 

Bill Johnson 

Reuben Whitcomb 

Mr. Burroughs 

Sam Foster 


Nellie Primrose 

Susan Martin 

Mrs. .Johnson 

Aunt Matilda 

Amantha Bartlett 

Aunt Martha 

Denman Thompson. 
Ignacio Martinetti. 

C. H. Clark. 
Walter Gale. 
George Bean. 
R. Benson. 
Fred Peters. 
G. Adams. 

D. Nourse. 
Julia AVilson. 
Isabelle Coe. 
Virginia Bray. 
Edna Weeden. 
Mrs. D. Nourse. 
Blanche Vaughan. 
Miss E. Rogers. 

Mary Anderson followed on February 9, being supported by 



John W. Norton and Milnes Levick. She remained two weeks, 

playing "Evadne," "The 
Hunchback," "Ingomar," 
"Love," and "The Lady of 

At a concert for the Relief 
of Ireland, on Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 22, Lawrence Barrett, 
Bartley Campbell, Sol Smith 
Russell, Georgia Cayvan, and 
Mary M. Tucker recited, 
H. C. Barnabee, W. H. Fes- 
senden, Mary Beebe, and 
Mathilde Phillips sang, Ella 
T I) u I AT 1 r r„„ott<. Chamberlin whistled, and 

Leonora Braham and Madeline Lucette ^ 

in " Princess Toto " Lothian's Orchestra and the 

Verdi Quartette were also 
heard. Bartley Campbell's 
play, "The Galley Slave," 
was given for three weeks, 
commencing on February 
23, a strong company being 
engaged in its presentation, 
including Lillie Glover, 
Marie Prescott, Nellie 
Barbour, Mrs. C. Stoneall, 
Charlotte Neville, Winnie 
Shannon. Joseph Wheel- 

Ock, Frank E. Aiken, George Milbank 



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J. B. Booth. Owen Fawcctt, II. S. Duffield, and J. V. Arl- 

" Princess Toto."" a comic opera 
by W. S. Gilbert and Frederic 
Clay, was sung for three weeks 
from March 15, the company 
including Leonora Braham, Ma- 
deline Lucette, H. W. Montgom- 
ery, William Hamilton, W. A. 
Paul, J. C. Campbell, and Oliver 

John A. Stevens played "The 
Unknown" the week of April 5. 

Hon. John Kelly of New York lectured on Sunday, April 
11, for the benefit of St. Mary's Infant Asylum. 

Joseph Jefferson in " Rip Van Winkle," sup- 
ported by Henrietta Vaders and members of the 
Boston Theatre Company, filled the weeks of 
April 12 and 19. 

Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll lectured for the 
first time in this theatre on Sunday evening, 
April 18, 1880, his subject being "The Gods," 
and a fortnight after that date Otis Mills lec- 
tured on "Ingersoll Answered." 

Joseph Proctor played "Nick of the Woods" 
on the evening of April 24. 

The Ideal Opera Company presented "The 
Sorcerer" the week of April 26, "Pinafore" the 
week of May 3, and " The Prince of Palermo," 
a version of Suppe's "Boccaccio," the weeks 


Ada Relian 


of May 10 and 17. H.A.M'Glenenhadabenefiton the even- 
ing of May 15, when Thomas W. Keene and Mary Anderson 
were seen together in the play of "Love." 

Augustin Daly's Company, with Catherine Lewis, John 
Drew, Ada Rehan, and others of the Daly favorites, was seen 
in "Arabian Night" the week of May 24! and in "The Royal 
Middy" the weeks of May 31 and June 7. Although Mr. 
Daly's company afterward became a most potent attraction, 
it utterly failed to draw at this time. 

J. M. Hill's company in "All the Rage," a lavishly ad- 
vertised organization, headed by Frank Hardenbergh, closed 
the season with the week of June 14. Despite its advertising, 
the play was unable to attract. 

On Wednesday, June 30, 1880, a benefit was given to E. E. 
Rice, when '-Evangeline" was given with a somewhat ex- 
traordinary cast. Le Blanc was played by Sol Smith Russell, 
Richard Golden, and George W. Howard. Dora Wiley and 
Vernona Jarbeau were the Evangelines ; Harry Josephs and 
George K. Fortescue the Catherines ; James S. Maffitt, Harry 
Hunter, and Alice Atherton the Lone Fishermen ; Alice Ather- 
ton and Louise Searle the Gabriels ; Laura Joyce played the 
small part of Mary Ann, Harry E. Dixey was the policeman, 
Willie Edouin and E. E. Rice the two deserters, John J. Mc- 
Nally the Headsman, and the chorus was billed to include 
Louis Aldrich, Charles T. Parsloe, Tony Hart, M. W. Fiske, 
J. J. Sullivan, N. D. Jones, Dexter Smith, Woolson Morse, 
John Sheridan. Louis Goullaud, W. W. Allen, May Ten 
Broeck, Pauline Hall, Emma Duchateau, and many others. 





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THE SEASON OF 1880-81 

EiGENE Tompkins was first billed as manager in August, 
1880, when the roster of the company was as follows: 
Mark Price, D. J. ^Nlaguinnis, C. Leslie Allen, M. J. Jordan, 
Frank S. Hartshorn, George R. Parks, Otis Skinner, S. E. 
Springer, J. T. Craven, H. E. Chase, J. W. Taylor, Arthur 
Moulton, H. A. Cripps, E. Y. Backus, Master Harry Wood- 
ruff, Margaret Lanner, Rachel Noah, INIrs. M. A. Pennoyer, 
Zoe Tuttle, Charlene Weidman, and Mary Tucker. Scenic 
artists, Charles S. Getz, John Sommer, J. S. Getz, Richard 
Gannon; Machinist, W. P. Prescott; Properties, J. B. Sulli- 
van; Gas Engineer, George Sevey; Stage-Director, N. Lo- 

Otis Skinner 

Master Harry Woodruff 



thian, Jr.; Prompter, L. J. McCarty; Musical Director, N, 
Lothian; Treasurer, John M. Ward; Comptroller, Henry 
Morrison ; Business Agent, H. A. M'Glenen. Of the dramatic 
company, Otis Skinner and Harry Woodruff are now success- 
ful stars. Mark Price, Leslie Allen, M. J. Jordan, J. W. Tay- 
lor, H. A. Cripps, and E. Y. Backus are still in the theatrical 
profession. Margaret Lanner has been lost sight of by the 

present writer. Rachel Noah 
and Mrs. Pennoyer are living in 
retirement in Boston. All the 
others have joined the silent 

The season opened on August 
23, with a three weeks' run of 
"Hearts of Oak," introducing 
James A. Heme, Frank E. 
Aiken, W. H. Crompton, Gene- 
vieve Rogers, and others. 

Colonel Ingersoll lectured on 
"Liberty" on Sunday evening 
August 29. 

F. S. Chanfrau came for his 
annual engagement on September 13, in the ever-popular 
"Kit," for only two weeks this time. 

Annie Pixley, supported by John McDonough and her own 
company, played "M'liss" for two weeks, beginning Septem- 
ber 27. 

Leavitt's Grand English Opera Burlesque Company sang 
the burlesque of "Carmen" the week of October 11, and "La 
Fille du Tambour Major" the week of October 18. This 


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THE SEASON OF 1880-81 

company was headtxl by Selina Delaro and Marie Williams 
and included such artists as Alma Stanley, Fannie Wentworth, 
Adelaide Praeger, Daisy Ramsden, Camille Delmar, Lizzie 
MulhoUand, James A. Meade, and Mat Robson. 

The house having been closed on Monday, A. D'Ennery 
and Jules Verne's spectacular drama, "The Voyagers in 
Southern Seas, or the Children of Captain Grant," was pro- 
duced on Tuesday, October 26, 1880, with this cast: 

Frank Lawlor. 

Captain Grant 




Lord Glenarvon 




Captain Wilson 




Hotel Keeper 

Lady Arabella 

James Grant 

Mary Grant 

Robert Grant 


C. Leslie Allen. 

D. J. Maguinnis. 
Mark M. Price. 
Otis Skinner. 
George R. Parks. 
M. J. Jordan. 
John T. Craveu. 
S. E. Springer. 
H. E. Chase. 

E. Y. Backus. 
H. A. Cripps. 
Arthur Moulton. 
Mrs. M. A. Pennoyer. 
Rachel Noah. 

Mary Tucker. 

Master Harry Woodruff. 

Charlene Weidman. 

This piece ran until Christmas. A ballet was imported from 
Europe, with Elena Cornalba and Ernestina Bossi as pre- 
mieres, Gigia Ripamonti, Mauree Marechal, Leonilda Del 
Santis, and Michaela Nappa as secondas, and Ariel the Fly- 
ing Dancer as a special feature. Marie Bonfanti later re- 
placed Cornalba as premiere, the latter being compelled by 



Elena Cornalba 

illness to return home. Costumes, models, and designs were 
brought from London and Paris, the entire production being 
on a more lavish scale than had ever be- 
fore been seen in this country. This was 
the first of the Boston Theatre spectacles 
to gain fame throughout the country, and 
was followed in after-years by many more 
of its kind. 

Several Sunday concerts were heard 
about this time, with such special features 
as the Spanish Students, Jules Levy, the 
Boston Cadet Band, etc. 
Mapleson's Opera 
Company began a three 
weeks' season on Decem- 
ber 27, the principals 
being Gerster, Valleria, Cary, De Belocca, 
Dotti, Campanini, Del Puente, Ravelli, and 

Galassi. The only new 
opera to be given was 

Joseph Proctor, supported by the 
regular company, played "Nick of the 
Woods," on the evening of January 1, 

The Blanche Roosevelt English Opera 
Company presented on January 10, for 
the first time on any stage, Alfred Cel- 
lier's opera, "The Masque of Pandora," 
which was adapted from Longfellow's 


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Heury Wadsworth Longfellow 

poem of the same name. The singers were Blanche Roosevelt, 
Charlotte Hatchings, Rica Murilli, 
Florence Durant. Annie A. Whit- 
comb, Hugh Talbot, J. S. Greens- 
felder, and W. S. Daboll. The piece 
fell flat and ran but two weeks. 

Constantine Sternberg, Letitia 
Fritsch, and Wilhelmj were heard 
in concert on January 16 and 30. 

Denman Thompson in "Joshua 
Whitcomb," supported by his own 
company, played three weeks, open- 
ing on January 24. 

Mary Anderson, with her own 
company headed by Atkins Lawrence and Milnes Levick, 
occupied the house for the next fortnight, presenting "Love," 

"Evadne," "Ingomar," "Fazio," 
"Romeo and Juliet," "The Hunch- 
back," "Ion," and "The Lady of 
Lyons." In the latter play she had 
the assistance of George Riddle as 
Claude Melnotte. 

The Ideal Opera Company fol- 
lowed for three weeks, beginning on 
February 28, presenting "The Pi- 
rates of Penzance," "The Bells of 
Corneville " (another name for " The 
Chimes of Normandy"), "Olivette," 
and "Fatinitza." Myron W. Whit- 
ney, Tom Karl, H. C. Barnabee, 


Blanche Roosevelt 


George Frothingham, W. H. Macdonald, Adelaide Phillips, 

Marie Stone, and Geraldine Ulmar 
were in the company at that time. 

"Pour Prendre Conge," an imitation 
of the Hanlon Brothers' "Le Voyage 
en Suisse," was played for one week, 
with Emmerson, Clark and the Daly 
Brothers, Richard Golden, W. H. Bar- 
tholomew, and Dora Wiley in the 
cast, closing forever on the evening of 
March 26. 

Sarah Bernhardt made her first ap- 
pearances in the Boston Theati'e during the week of March 
28, these plays being rendered in the French language: "Ca- 

Constautine Sternberg 

mille," " L'Etrangere," "Frou Frou," 
Lecouvreur," and "La Princesse 

Frank Mayo played " The Streets 
of New York" the week of April 4, 
and Ingersoll lectured on "Some 
Reasons Why "on Sunday, April 10. 

Colonel Mapleson brought his Ital- 
ian Opera Company back again for 
the week of April 11, his daughter- 
in-law% Marie Roze, being added to 
his forces. 

Rice's Surprise Party appeared 
for three weeks beginning April 18 
in "Prince Achmet," "Hiawatha," 
"Revels," and "Babes in the 


'Hernani," "Adrienne 

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Sarah Bernhardt 

Wood," his company including Henry E. Dixey. John Gour- 
lay, John A. Mackay, Cxeoige W. 
Howard, Topsy Venn, Jennie Yea- 
mans, May Livingston, Carrie Per- 
kins, Marion Singer, and Venie 

Mahns Comic Opera Company 
sanw for one week commencinjj 
May 9, in "Boccaccio" and "Don- 
na Juanita," the principals being 
Jeannie Winston, Janet Edmund- 
son. Rose Leighton, INIarie Somer- 
ville, Wallace INIcCreety, Ellis Ryse, 
Vincent Hogan, W. A. Morgan, 
and Arthur A. Bell, the last-named 

gentleman being the husband of Jeannie Winston, the star 

of the organization. 

The Ideals returned for the 
week of May 16, singing "The 
Bells of Corneville," "Oli- 
vette," "Fatinitza," "The Bo- 
hemian Girl," and "Pinafore." 
D'Oyley Carte and E. E. 
Rice's Opera Company sang 
"Billee Taylor" for the fort- 
night commencing May 23, the 
company including J. H. Ry- 
ley, W. H. Seymour, A. W. F. 
McCollin, William Hamilton, 
Jeannie Winston Arnold Breedon, Rachel San- 



ger. Rose Chapelle, Nellie Mortimer, and Carrie Burton. The 
"Billee Taylor" hornpipe was danced by Lizzie Simms. It 
was during this engagement that H. A. Cripps, who had been 
playing small parts in this theatre for several years, took at 
short notice the part of Sir Mincing Lane, W. H. Seymour 
having been called away by the death of his mother. Mr. 
Cripps acquitted himself so admirably that he was engaged 
by the managers of the company and thus started on a career 
in musical comedy in which he has been successful ever since, 
either as singer, stage-manager, or leader of orchestra. 

H. A. M'Glenen had a benefit on June 13, when Barton 
Hill appeared in "Don Caesar de Bazan," George Riddle was 
seen as Caliban in a scene from "The Tempest," and the 
Boston Opera Company sang "Betsy Baker." 

The season closed on June 17 with a benefit to Rachel Noah 
and Henry Morrison. 






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