Ajax loader
Theatrical Broadsides


The Museum of the City of New York’s Collection on Theatrical Broadsides illustrates the history and culture of performance in New York City, the city’s emergence as the theatrical capital of the United States, and the stage as a mirror for reflecting the social mores, economics, and tastes of a nation. Dating from 1785 through the 1890s, these broadsides contain information on the early history of New York City’s stage, how it shaped the cultural narrative of a metropolis, and the manner in which the city both influenced and was influenced by theater across the nation. By listing the productions, performers, theaters, admission costs, and broadside printers, these items provide diverse perspectives on New York City and carry value for anyone interested in New York City’s cultural history. Preserving Performance Past: Conservation and Digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s Collection of Theatrical Broadsides has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Monster constellation! The Worrell Sisters, Miss Annie Adams, Mr. J. H. Milburn, Miss Leona Dare, George and Charles Reynolds and others

Monster constellation! The Worrell Sisters, Miss Annie Adams, Mr. J. H. Milburn, Miss Leona Dare, George and Charles Reynolds and others

George Atkins, Luke Schoolcraft, Joe Lang, Geo. H. Coes, J. K. Campbell, E. W. Prescott, J. W. Myers,...

"The Fair One With the Blonde Wig", "Bamboozling" and "The Skeleton Witness", Monday, May 22, 1876

"The Fair One With the Blonde Wig", "Bamboozling" and "The Skeleton Witness", Monday, May 22, 1876

Two performances daily. Curtain rises at 2 and 8 P.M. Entire change of performance. Engagement of the...

The celebrated actor and pantomimist, Mr. Hernandez Foster, in the sensational nautical drama from Frank Leslie's Weekly, "Jack Harkaway Afloat & Ashore" on Monday, January 25, 1875

The celebrated actor and pantomimist, Mr. Hernandez Foster, in the sensational nautical drama from Frank Leslie's Weekly, "Jack Harkaway Afloat & Ashore" on Monday, January 25, 1875

Two performances daily. Curtain rises at 2 and 8 P.M. Admission 25 cents. “Jack Harkaway Afloat & Ashore”...

"The Brigand" and "Americans in Paris; or, A Game at Dominoes"

"The Brigand" and "Americans in Paris; or, A Game at Dominoes"

Summer having driven into New York, in her glowing car, on tonight and every night during the heated...

"The Brigand", this evening, Saturday, November 4, 1854

"The Brigand", this evening, Saturday, November 4, 1854

Produced for the fourth time in this theater, with all the original music, new and picturesque scenery,...

Benefit of the New York Foundling Asylum under the charge of the Sisters of Charity, Saturday afternoon, February 7, 1874

Benefit of the New York Foundling Asylum under the charge of the Sisters of Charity, Saturday afternoon, February 7, 1874

Eighteenth season of the world-famous Bryant's Minstrels, organized 1857. The felicity will eventuate...

Miss Laura Keene and Agnes Robertson as the Brides of Garryowen in "The Colleen Bawn; or, The Brides of Garryowen", tonight, Thursday, March 29, 1860

Miss Laura Keene and Agnes Robertson as the Brides of Garryowen in "The Colleen Bawn; or, The Brides of Garryowen", tonight, Thursday, March 29, 1860

The entirely new Irish drama, in three acts, written by Dion Boucicault, will be presented for the first...

Fourth night of the musical burletta, "Cupid", Thursday evening, November 18, 1841

Fourth night of the musical burletta, "Cupid", Thursday evening, November 18, 1841

After which will be presented the highly popular peculiarity, "A Lady and a Gentleman in a Peculiarly...

"Dick the Newsboy; or, Young America", Monday evening, October 17, 1853

"Dick the Newsboy; or, Young America", Monday evening, October 17, 1853

Farewell engagement of Mr. Barney Williams, the popular Irish comedian, and Mrs. Barney Williams, the...

Thanksgiving Day. The celebrated drama, "Don Caesar de Bazan" with Mr. Holland as Jacques Strop, Thursday evening, December 12

Thanksgiving Day. The celebrated drama, "Don Caesar de Bazan" with Mr. Holland as Jacques Strop, Thursday evening, December 12

"Don Caesar de Bazan" will be repeated every evening this week. Incidental to the piece, a characteristic...

Tonight and every night, the new domestic drama, in a fairy frame, called "Dot", representing Charles Dickens' beautiful story, "The Cricket on the Hearth"

Tonight and every night, the new domestic drama, in a fairy frame, called "Dot", representing Charles Dickens' beautiful story, "The Cricket on the Hearth"

Winter Garden, a conservatory of the arts. Dedicated to the culture of comedy, music, ballet, by Miss...

The favorite one act piece, "Etonboy" to commence at 8 o'clock, Tuesday, June 22

The favorite one act piece, "Etonboy" to commence at 8 o'clock, Tuesday, June 22

Tickets, 50 cents. Private boxes, $5.00. From Morton, the author of "Poor Pillicoddy", "Going to the...

Mr. Wallack in his third appearance in three years, in "Ernestine; or, Wrong at Last", Wednesday, April 7, 1847

Mr. Wallack in his third appearance in three years, in "Ernestine; or, Wrong at Last", Wednesday, April 7, 1847

Boxes $1.00. Pit 50 cents. Gallery 25 cents. To conclude with "Don Caezar de Bazan".

For the benefit of Mr. Dyott, "Eugene Aram; or, Saint Robert's Cave", Tuesday, May 25, 1847

For the benefit of Mr. Dyott, "Eugene Aram; or, Saint Robert's Cave", Tuesday, May 25, 1847

Boxes $1.00. Pit 50 cents. Gallery 25 cents. "Rough and Ready" and "Married Rake". Wednesday, Mr. G....

Mr. Marble as Josh Sims in "Family Ties" and as Lot in "Hue and Cry", Tuesday, June 23

Mr. Marble as Josh Sims in "Family Ties" and as Lot in "Hue and Cry", Tuesday, June 23

Boxes 50 cents. Pit 25 cents. Gallery 12 cents. Previous to "Family Ties", "A Man Without a Head". Wednesday,...

"Fashion" and "Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady"

"Fashion" and "Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady"

Park Theatre. For the benefit of Mrs. Mowatt and last night of the engagement of Mr. W. H. Crisp and...

Second night of Miss Matilda Heron as Bianca in "Fazio", Friday evening, April 3

Second night of Miss Matilda Heron as Bianca in "Fazio", Friday evening, April 3

A variety of new and fashionable music by the band, conducted by Sig. La Manna. To conclude with the...

A new comedy in three acts, written expressly for this theater by Dion Boucicault, entitled "Forbidden Fruit", every evening and Saturday matinee

A new comedy in three acts, written expressly for this theater by Dion Boucicault, entitled "Forbidden Fruit", every evening and Saturday matinee

During the evening, the following music will be performed by the band, under the direction of Mr. Thomas...

Grand complimentary benefit to McKean Buchanan, "The Widow's Victim", Monday evening, July 12

Grand complimentary benefit to McKean Buchanan, "The Widow's Victim", Monday evening, July 12

Boxes and parquette, 25 cents. Private boxes, $3.00 and $5.00. Pit, 12 cents. Gallery for colored persons,...

"Macbeth" for the benefit of Miss Cushman with Mr. C. Kean and Mrs. Fitzwilliam, May 7, 1840

"Macbeth" for the benefit of Miss Cushman with Mr. C. Kean and Mrs. Fitzwilliam, May 7, 1840

After the tragedy, Mr. Ranger will sing (in character) "Paddy's Wedding." After which, the farce of "Mischief...

"The Upper Ten Thousand", "Right and Might", "Jewels of the Orient", "Musical Reminiscences" and "MacMurrogh's Sword; or, The Wild Boy of the Galtees"

"The Upper Ten Thousand", "Right and Might", "Jewels of the Orient", "Musical Reminiscences" and "MacMurrogh's Sword; or, The Wild Boy of the Galtees"

Be on the alert for "The White Crook"! Prof. Tanner's wonderful troupe of performing dogs and monkeys,...

Mrs. Mowatt's benefit, "Man and Wife", Friday, October 2

Mrs. Mowatt's benefit, "Man and Wife", Friday, October 2

Boxes $1.00. Pit 50 cents. Gallery 25 cents. Also, "His Last Legs; or, Experiments in Mesmerism" and...

Mrs. Blake's benefit, this evening, Thursday, April 6, 1854. For the first time in many years, S. J. Arnold's admirable comedy of "Man and Wife"

Mrs. Blake's benefit, this evening, Thursday, April 6, 1854. For the first time in many years, S. J. Arnold's admirable comedy of "Man and Wife"

A variety of popular music by the orchestra. To conclude with the beautiful drama of "Ernestine". Friday,...

The eminent actor, Lawrence Barrett, as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"

The eminent actor, Lawrence Barrett, as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"

In addition to which, Robertson's comedy in three acts, "David Garrick". Friday and Saturday evenings,...

Mrs. John Wood and Mr. John Wood in "Shylock; or, The Merchant of Venice Preserved", Monday evening, July 27, 1857

Mrs. John Wood and Mr. John Wood in "Shylock; or, The Merchant of Venice Preserved", Monday evening, July 27, 1857

To produce a cool atmosphere, the Indian punka has been fitted to all parts of this building, this being...

Mr. Hackett, second night of his farewell engagement, as Sir John Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Wednesday evening, October 30

Mr. Hackett, second night of his farewell engagement, as Sir John Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Wednesday evening, October 30

Boxes, first tier 75 cents. Boxes, second and third tiers, 50 cents. Pit, 50 cents. Gallery, 25 cents....

Mr. Hackett as Falstaff and Miss Fanny Morant as Mrs. Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Wednesday, August 29

Mr. Hackett as Falstaff and Miss Fanny Morant as Mrs. Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Wednesday, August 29

Farewell nights and last night but two of Mr. Hackett prior to his departure again for Europe. After...

Mr. Forrest in "Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags", Monday evening, June 2, 1834

Mr. Forrest in "Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags", Monday evening, June 2, 1834

After which, a favorite dance by Miss Johnson. In the course of the evening, the company will sing an...

Third night of Mr. E. Eddy. "Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags", Wednesday evening, April 29

Third night of Mr. E. Eddy. "Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags", Wednesday evening, April 29

The performance will commence with the laughable sketch, "The Fellow That Looks Like Me". Concluding...

"The Dumb Belle" on Saturday evening, May 23, 1835

"The Dumb Belle" on Saturday evening, May 23, 1835

Last night but four of the farewell engagement of Mr. Power, in "The Nervous Man; and The Man of Nerve"....

Grand gala night. Mr. Edwin Booth and Mr. E. L. Davenport in "Othello", Monday evening, April 12

Grand gala night. Mr. Edwin Booth and Mr. E. L. Davenport in "Othello", Monday evening, April 12

Several new and fashionable mazourkas, polkas, quadrilles, etc., will be performed by the band.

"Othello", Thursday evening, May 12, 1864

"Othello", Thursday evening, May 12, 1864

First night of the engagement of the grand combination of distinguished tragedians, Mr. E. L. Davenport...

First night of the engagement of Mr. Wallack and Mrs. Sharpe, "Pizarro; or, The Death of Rolla", on Monday evening, December 21, 1835

First night of the engagement of Mr. Wallack and Mrs. Sharpe, "Pizarro; or, The Death of Rolla", on Monday evening, December 21, 1835

A pas seul by Miss Johnson. To conclude with the farce of "My Aunt". Tuesday, Mrs. Richardson's benefit,...

The new five-act comedy called "Playing With Fire" written by John Brougham will be acted tonight and every evening until further notice

The new five-act comedy called "Playing With Fire" written by John Brougham will be acted tonight and every evening until further notice

The orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Noll, will play the following selections during the evening...

"The Coal Heaver's Revenge", "Dutch Justice", "The McFadden Family", "Robert Macaire; or, the Two Fugitives" and "The Mystery; or, Dancing As It Was"

"The Coal Heaver's Revenge", "Dutch Justice", "The McFadden Family", "Robert Macaire; or, the Two Fugitives" and "The Mystery; or, Dancing As It Was"

Theatre Comique. 514 Broadway. Program for the week commencing August 24, and Wednesday and Saturday...

Mr. Anderson will appear in "The Robbers", Monday, May 10, 1847

Mr. Anderson will appear in "The Robbers", Monday, May 10, 1847

Boxes $1.00. Pit 50 cents. Gallery 25 cents. Previous to the play, the orchestra will play the overtures...

New-York, January 25, 1794. Theatre. By the Old American Company, a comedy, "The West Indian", Monday evening, January 27

New-York, January 25, 1794. Theatre. By the Old American Company, a comedy, "The West Indian", Monday evening, January 27

To which will be added a farce, "Who's the Dupe". Places in boxes may be taken of Mr. Faulkner, at the...

For the benefit of Mr. G. Barrett, "The School for Scandal", Wednesday, May 26, 1847

For the benefit of Mr. G. Barrett, "The School for Scandal", Wednesday, May 26, 1847

Boxes $1.00. Pit 50 cents. Gallery 25 cents. To conclude with "Adopted Child". Thursday, Mrs. Hunt's...

"The Seven Sisters", tonight and every night

"The Seven Sisters", tonight and every night

New scenery by Mr. James M. Roberts. New music by Mr. Thomas Baker. The entire piece produced under the...

Miss Emma Stanley's drawing-room amusement, "The Seven Ages of Woman", Thursday evening, July 10th

Miss Emma Stanley's drawing-room amusement, "The Seven Ages of Woman", Thursday evening, July 10th

A new lyric entertainment, written by E. L. Blanchard, and composed expressly for and illustrated by...

"The Suspicious Husband", "El Jaleo de Xeres", "Bombastes Furioso" and "Deaf As a Post"

"The Suspicious Husband", "El Jaleo de Xeres", "Bombastes Furioso" and "Deaf As a Post"

Thursday evening, January 13, will be performed for the first time for 20 years "The Suspicious Husband"....

Mrs. Hunt's Benefit, "The Trumpeter's Daughter", on Thursday evening, May 27, 1847

Mrs. Hunt's Benefit, "The Trumpeter's Daughter", on Thursday evening, May 27, 1847

Boxes $1.00. Pit 50 cents. Gallery 25 cents. "La Cachucha", "The Golden Farmer; or, The Last Crime",...

"Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly"

"Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly"

Theatre Comique. 514 Broadway. Program for the week commencing February 14, and Wednesday and Saturday...

Tonight, Tom Taylor's adaptation from Goldsmith's renowned work, "The Vicar of Wakefield"

Tonight, Tom Taylor's adaptation from Goldsmith's renowned work, "The Vicar of Wakefield"

After which, Mr. Brougham's capital comedietta of "A Decided Case". In rehearsal, and will speedily be...

Miss Agnes Robertson and Mr. Dion Boucicault in "Victor and Hortense", Wednesday, August 27, 1856

Miss Agnes Robertson and Mr. Dion Boucicault in "Victor and Hortense", Wednesday, August 27, 1856

To conclude with Mr. Boucicault's interesting drama in two acts, founded on "Le Gamin de Paris", called...

"Water Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas" and "Ice Witch; or, The Frozen Hand", Wednesday evening, May 16, 1832

"Water Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas" and "Ice Witch; or, The Frozen Hand", Wednesday evening, May 16, 1832

For the 104th time, the nautical drama of "Water Witch". To conclude with, for the 22nd time, the grand...

For the eighth time in New-York, "What Will the World Say?", on Saturday evening, January 15

For the eighth time in New-York, "What Will the World Say?", on Saturday evening, January 15

Comic song, "The Steel Arm" by Mr. W. H. Williams. To conclude with the farce of "The Village Doctor"....

Joint benefit of A. H. Sheldon and Jas. Barnes in "Who Owns the Coat?", Saturday afternoon and evening, May 2, 1874

Joint benefit of A. H. Sheldon and Jas. Barnes in "Who Owns the Coat?", Saturday afternoon and evening, May 2, 1874

Two performances daily at 2 & 8 P.M. Admission to museum and family circle, 25 cents. The orchestra will...

For the benefit of Mr. Fisher, "Wild Oats", on Saturday evening, June 5, 1847

For the benefit of Mr. Fisher, "Wild Oats", on Saturday evening, June 5, 1847

On which occasion Mr. Wallack, Mr. H. Grattan, Mr. John Dunn and Mr. Blakeley have, in the kindest manner,...

Italian opera at Castle Garden. Positively last week of season. Benefit of Sig. C. Badiali, Monday evening, September 15, in "I Puritani e i "Cavalieri"

Italian opera at Castle Garden. Positively last week of season. Benefit of Sig. C. Badiali, Monday evening, September 15, in "I Puritani e i "Cavalieri"

Max Maretzek, manager and conductor. Admission 50 cents. "The Puritans and the Cavaliers", a serious...

For the benefit of Mr. Marriott, a tragedy, translated from the German of M. Schiller, "The Robbers", Wednesday evening, May 13

For the benefit of Mr. Marriott, a tragedy, translated from the German of M. Schiller, "The Robbers", Wednesday evening, May 13

In Act 5th, a representation of a castle besieged. In the course of the evening, the following entertainments,...

New-York, April 6. A dramatic piece, "The Mountaineers", Friday evening, April 8

New-York, April 6. A dramatic piece, "The Mountaineers", Friday evening, April 8

Music by Dr. Arnold, accompaniments by Pelisier. End of Act 2, "Spanish Fandando" by Mons. Francisquy,...

New-York, May. Mr. Woolls's benefit, a dramatic piece, "The Mountaineers", Wednesday evening, May 11

New-York, May. Mr. Woolls's benefit, a dramatic piece, "The Mountaineers", Wednesday evening, May 11

End of Act 2, "A Spanish Fandango" by Mons. Francisquy, Mr. Durang and Mde. Gardie. After the play, a...

For the benefit of Miss White, the opera, "Inkle and Yarico", Monday evening, June 16, 1806

For the benefit of Miss White, the opera, "Inkle and Yarico", Monday evening, June 16, 1806

Mr. Twaits will sing the noted burletta, "The Cosmetic Doctor; or, The Man For the Ladies". To which...

For the benefit of Mr. Sinclair, and his last appearance, prior to his departure for Boston, "The National Guard; or, Bride or No Bride", on Friday evening, April 6

For the benefit of Mr. Sinclair, and his last appearance, prior to his departure for Boston, "The National Guard; or, Bride or No Bride", on Friday evening, April 6

To which will be added "No; or, The Glorious Minority". To conclude with the second and third acts of...

Mr. W. Wood in "The Wild Boy of Bohemia; or, The Force of Nature", Saturday evening, June 27, 1840

Mr. W. Wood in "The Wild Boy of Bohemia; or, The Force of Nature", Saturday evening, June 27, 1840

Pit, 12 and a half cents. Dress circle, 50 cents. John Smith's notice to de public and him bellow citizens:...

Mr. Collins in "His Last Legs", Thursday evening, March 20, 1851

Mr. Collins in "His Last Legs", Thursday evening, March 20, 1851

Dress circle and parquet, 50 cents. Family and third circles, 25 cents. Gallery 12 1/2 cents. Private...

New York Circus. The champion rider, James Robinson, and his little son, Clarence

New York Circus. The champion rider, James Robinson, and his little son, Clarence

14th Street, opposite Academy of Music. Mr. L. B. Lent, Manager. Mr. Joseph Pentland, Director of Amusements....

New Theatre. Morton's celebrated play, "Columbus; or, The Discovery of America" will be presented on Friday evening, December 2, 1808

New Theatre. Morton's celebrated play, "Columbus; or, The Discovery of America" will be presented on Friday evening, December 2, 1808

After the play, the favorite interlude, "Blue Devils". To which will be added the favorite farce, "The...

Col. Jos. Cushing's New York Circus. Monday evening, January 28, 1856

Col. Jos. Cushing's New York Circus. Monday evening, January 28, 1856

Principal performers: Mademoiselle Rose Madigan, George Ryland, Charles Walters, George Bacheller, Murray...

Page
of 4
Display
Items per page
Active Lightbox:
Open Lightboxes