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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.
Monday, September 20, third night of the sterling comedian, Mr. James Browne, with the popular French dancers, Mlle. Pougaud and Mlle. De Melisse

Monday, September 20, third night of the sterling comedian, Mr. James Browne, with the popular French dancers, Mlle. Pougaud and Mlle. De Melisse

Tickets, 50 cents. Private boxes, $5.00. Mr. Browne and divertissement, Monday, Wednesday and Friday....

"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...

Monday evening, January 15, 1866, "St. Marc; or, The Soldier of Fortune"

Monday evening, January 15, 1866, "St. Marc; or, The Soldier of Fortune"

This establishment does not advertise in the New York Herald. “St. Marc; or, The Soldier of Fortune”...

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...

Bowery Theatre. The largest and most elegant variety theater in America will open on Monday evening, February 11, 1878

Bowery Theatre. The largest and most elegant variety theater in America will open on Monday evening, February 11, 1878

The prices of admission will be reduced to the following low terms, commensurate with the times: gallery,...

"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...

Wednesday evening, November 22, 1865, "The Miseries of Human Life" and "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"

Wednesday evening, November 22, 1865, "The Miseries of Human Life" and "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"

This establishment does not advertise in the New York Herald. Great success of the magnificent fairy...

Benefit of Geo. H. Andrews, on Wednesday evening, December 16. The best bill of the season - the performance will commence with "Speed the Plough"

Benefit of Geo. H. Andrews, on Wednesday evening, December 16. The best bill of the season - the performance will commence with "Speed the Plough"

Mr. Gabriel Harrison will appear in his celebrated character of Gypsey Mike. At the end of "Speed the...

"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"....

On Saturday evening, June 11 will be performed Shakespeare's celebrated play of "The Tempest; or, The Enchanted Island"

On Saturday evening, June 11 will be performed Shakespeare's celebrated play of "The Tempest; or, The Enchanted Island"

After which, the farce of “Bombastes Furioso”. To conclude with the farce of “My Wife’s Dentist”. Monday...

Wednesday evening, October 6, Mr. H. Placide in his unequaled character of “Grandfather Whitehead” and Mr. Burton in his popular performance of "The Toodles; or, the Farmer's Daughter"

Wednesday evening, October 6, Mr. H. Placide in his unequaled character of “Grandfather Whitehead” and Mr. Burton in his popular performance of "The Toodles; or, the Farmer's Daughter"

Boxes and parquet, 50 cents. Second circle, 25 cents. Private boxes, $5.00. Orchestra chairs with stuffed...

Saturday evening, November 18, twelfth night of the great American actress, Miss Julia Dean, on which occasion she will appear for the last time as Isabella Falcone in “Tortesa the Usurer”

Saturday evening, November 18, twelfth night of the great American actress, Miss Julia Dean, on which occasion she will appear for the last time as Isabella Falcone in “Tortesa the Usurer”

Overture by the orchestra. To conclude with the great drama of “The Courier of Lyons” – three acts and...

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...

Monday evening, October 12, will be performed for the first time on any stage, a play in five acts, entitled "The Wife's Secret"

Monday evening, October 12, will be performed for the first time on any stage, a play in five acts, entitled "The Wife's Secret"

Boxes, $1.00. Pit, 50 cents. Gallery, 25 cents. Mrs. Chas. Kean (late Miss Ellen Tree) and Mr. Chas....

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,...

Saturday evening, March 31, 1866, second night in New York of a new comedy in two acts, "Woodcock's Little Game"

Saturday evening, March 31, 1866, second night in New York of a new comedy in two acts, "Woodcock's Little Game"

This establishment does not advertise in the New York Herald. Last night of the fairy burlesque extravaganza...

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...

Monday evening, October 1, 1860, seventh representation of Shakespeare’s tragedy of “Hamlet”, with Mr. Forrest as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Monday evening, October 1, 1860, seventh representation of Shakespeare’s tragedy of “Hamlet”, with Mr. Forrest as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Third week of Mr. Edwin Forrest, the American tragedian. Previous to the tragedy, a Shakespearean overture...

Mr. Edwin Booth will resume the management of this theater for a term of six weeks only, beginning Monday, January 7, 1878, with his adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Richard III"

Mr. Edwin Booth will resume the management of this theater for a term of six weeks only, beginning Monday, January 7, 1878, with his adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Richard III"

Saturday, matinee, January 12, 1878, ÒKing Henry VIIIÓ with Mr. Edwin Booth (first time in New York)...

Thursday evening, May 21, 1874, will be presented "Damon and Pythias"

Thursday evening, May 21, 1874, will be presented "Damon and Pythias"

Special announcement - the public are respectfully informed that the following scale of prices has been...

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...

Friday evening, August 17, 1860, will be presented the reminiscence of childhood's romance, "Cinderella; or, The Good Fairy and Little Glass Slipper"

Friday evening, August 17, 1860, will be presented the reminiscence of childhood's romance, "Cinderella; or, The Good Fairy and Little Glass Slipper"

Great success of the spectacular and equestrian campaign. A full display of arenic gems by Nixon’s Royal...

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:...

Bowery Theatre and New York Circus. The honourable Martin Van Buren will visit the theater this evening

Bowery Theatre and New York Circus. The honourable Martin Van Buren will visit the theater this evening

Boxes, 50 cents. Pit, 25 cents. Gallery, 12 ½ cents. Children under 12 years of age admitted to boxes...

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...

Farewell benefit and last appearance in America of Mme. Anna De La Grange, Monday, July 20, in her great role of "Norma"

Farewell benefit and last appearance in America of Mme. Anna De La Grange, Monday, July 20, in her great role of "Norma"

Mme. Siedenburg, Signori Arnoldi, Coletti, and other well known artists will appear. Admission - $1.00...

Barnum's American Museum. Thursday, January 31, 1861. Great increase of attractions! Old Adams' California menagerie and others

Barnum's American Museum. Thursday, January 31, 1861. Great increase of attractions! Old Adams' California menagerie and others

The most wonderful and extraordinary collection of wild animals from the Rocky Mountains, comprising...

Friday evening, November 16, 1877, will be presented Shakespeare's tragedy in five acts, "King Richard III; or, The Battle of Bosworth Field"

Friday evening, November 16, 1877, will be presented Shakespeare's tragedy in five acts, "King Richard III; or, The Battle of Bosworth Field"

Benefit of Mr. D. H. Harkins, on which occasion he will be assisted by Mr. Josh Hart (manager of the...

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...

Barnum's Museum. Every day and evening this week, commencing Monday, March 23, 1863, re-engagement for a brief period, of that charming little Minnie Warren

Barnum's Museum. Every day and evening this week, commencing Monday, March 23, 1863, re-engagement for a brief period, of that charming little Minnie Warren

The empress of beauty, sister of the late Miss Lavinia Warren (now Mrs. Gen. Tom Thumb), though not half...

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...

Last night of the season but five, "I Puritani", Monday, December 8, 1851

Last night of the season but five, "I Puritani", Monday, December 8, 1851

Secured seats, $1.50. Box and parquet, $1.00. Amphitheatre, 50 cents. 15th subscription night in active...

Mr. Collins, the eminent Irish comedian and vocalist, in “Paul Clifford”, Monday evening, February 2, 1852

Mr. Collins, the eminent Irish comedian and vocalist, in “Paul Clifford”, Monday evening, February 2, 1852

Boxes and parquette, 50 cents. Family circle and upper tier, 25 cents. Private boxes, $5.00 and $6.00....

Tuesday evening, October 14, second night of the celebrated Rousset family, who will appear in their popular ballet divertissement, “Un Jour de Carnival”

Tuesday evening, October 14, second night of the celebrated Rousset family, who will appear in their popular ballet divertissement, “Un Jour de Carnival”

Prices of admission: Dress circle and parquet, 50 cents. Family circle, 25 cents. Orchestra seats, $1.00....

Tuesday evening, November 11. Benefit of Mlle. Adelaide Rousset. Splendid bill! Two ballets selected from “La Giselle” and “Catarina; or, The Queen of the Bandits"

Tuesday evening, November 11. Benefit of Mlle. Adelaide Rousset. Splendid bill! Two ballets selected from “La Giselle” and “Catarina; or, The Queen of the Bandits"

Prices of admission: Dress circle and parquet, 50 cents. Family circle, 25 cents. Orchestra seats, $1.00....

Wood's Minstrels at Minstrel Hall, 444 Broadway above Howard Street

Wood's Minstrels at Minstrel Hall, 444 Broadway above Howard Street

Open every night during the week. H. Wood, proprietor. S. A. Wells, manager. Program for this evening...

Variety and "Camptown Dance", Wednesday evening, November 5

Variety and "Camptown Dance", Wednesday evening, November 5

Prices of admission - parquette, 12 1/2 cents. Orchestra seats, 25 cents. Boxes, 6 1/4 cents. Private...

Last night but three of the farewell engagement of Mr. & Mrs. Wood. "Robert the Devil; or, The Mystic Branch" on Thursday evening, May 22, 1834

Last night but three of the farewell engagement of Mr. & Mrs. Wood. "Robert the Devil; or, The Mystic Branch" on Thursday evening, May 22, 1834

After which, "Scan Mag; or, The Village Gossip". Friday, Mrs. Wood's farewell benefit - "The Soldier's...

Mr. Mitchell in "Charles XII; or, The Siege of Stralsund", Saturday evening, February 12, 1848

Mr. Mitchell in "Charles XII; or, The Siege of Stralsund", Saturday evening, February 12, 1848

El xaleo de Xeres by Miss Partington. After which the farce, "Turned Head". A pas seul by Miss Partington....

Last night but two of the last engagement of Mr. Kemble, and Miss Fanny Kemble this season. "Francis the First", Monday evening, June 3

Last night but two of the last engagement of Mr. Kemble, and Miss Fanny Kemble this season. "Francis the First", Monday evening, June 3

Prior to the tragedy, the overture to "Semiramide" by Rossini, and previous to the farce, "Brother and...

Third and last night but seven of the engagement of Mr. & Mrs. Wood and Mr. Brough, "La Sonnambula", Thursday evening, May 19, 1836

Third and last night but seven of the engagement of Mr. & Mrs. Wood and Mr. Brough, "La Sonnambula", Thursday evening, May 19, 1836

To conclude with the farce of "A Gentleman in Difficulties". Friday, fourth and last night but six of...

Tuesday evening, November 11, 1845, will be performed the tragedy of "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, with the whole of original music by Matthew Locke

Tuesday evening, November 11, 1845, will be performed the tragedy of "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, with the whole of original music by Matthew Locke

Boxes, $1.00. Pit, 50 cents. Gallery, 25 cents. Mrs. Chas. Kean (late Miss Ellen Tree), and Mr. Chas....

Court Square Theatre, late Hooley's Opera House, opposite City Hall, Brooklyn. Monday, August 2, 1880, fifth week and great success of Mlle. Saroni's Parisian Folly Troupe

Court Square Theatre, late Hooley's Opera House, opposite City Hall, Brooklyn. Monday, August 2, 1880, fifth week and great success of Mlle. Saroni's Parisian Folly Troupe

Callan & Haley, managers. The coolest theater in the city! the only theater open in the city! Our circle...

Gray's Broadway Theatre, Monday, December 11, 1882, Ethel Earle and Geo. France in "Wide Awake"

Gray's Broadway Theatre, Monday, December 11, 1882, Ethel Earle and Geo. France in "Wide Awake"

Corner Broadway and Fourth Street, Williamsburg. Chas. S. Gray, lessee. George Devere, stage manager....

New-York, March 24, 1787. By the Old American Company on Monday evening, March 26, "The Jealous Wife" and "The Widow's Vow"

New-York, March 24, 1787. By the Old American Company on Monday evening, March 26, "The Jealous Wife" and "The Widow's Vow"

The doors will be opened at half after five, and the curtain drawn up precisely at a quarter after six...

New-York, January 7, 1794. Theatre. By the Old American Company, a comedy, "Belles Stratagem", Wednesday evening, January 8

New-York, January 7, 1794. Theatre. By the Old American Company, a comedy, "Belles Stratagem", Wednesday evening, January 8

To which will be added, a comic opera, "Ways and Means". Places in boxes may be taken of Mr. Faulkner,...

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