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Finding Aid for the Christopher Coover Collection of Theater Broadsides, 1790-1868

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Mus. Arc. 58

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Collection Overview

Title: Christopher Coover Collection of Theater Broadsides, 1790-1868
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 58
Collector: Coover, Chris
Extent: 1 box (18 items)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: Collection of seventeen (and one duplicate) theater broadsides dating from 1790-1868 for performances in Boston, Massachusetts (2), London, England (14), and York, England (1).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Christopher Coover Collection of Theater Broadsides, 1790-1868, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in New York City by Christopher Coover, circa 1975-1976. Given to the Music Library by Christopher Coover, December 2010.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Collection contents in the public domain.

Alternate Forms

Digital images of the broadsides combined with text transcriptions are linked from the container list.

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley February 2012.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Christopher Coover received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973. While at the university he studied lute. After leaving Buffalo he moved to New York City where he earned a degree in library science at Columbia University in 1983. He began working for the noted auction house, Christie's, in 1980 and at this writing is a senior vice president and specialist in manuscripts at Christie’s in New York City. He has also served as an appraiser on the popular television program, Antiques Roadshow.


Historical Note

Theater broadsides, or playbills, contain more than just a record of theatrical performances and practices. They also reflect contemporaneous cultural tastes and often contain allusions to historical events. One aspect of the information that is most easily appreciated is the repertoire of music and plays stated in the playbills. Shakespeare is the most-performed playwright in this collection that spans the years 1790-1868. Performances of fourteen of his plays are advertised on eleven of the playbills for a total of twenty performances. There are more than seventy works named in the collection and approximately four hundred names, including managers, singers, dancers, authors, actors, printers, and other performers. Notable names include Henry R. Bishop, John Braham, Angelica Catalani, Christy Minstrels, Mrs. Faucit (Harriet Elizabeth Diddear), Fanny Elssler, Catherine Hayes, Charles Benjamin Incledon, Robert Keeley, William Macready, Henry Marston, Samuel Phelps, John Sinclair, Catherine Stephens, John Vandenhoff, and Benjamin Webster.

Represented on the playbill for the 1868 Boston Theatre performance is a rare American performance by French performer, Jules Leotard (1842-1870). Leotard is usually credited with being the first trapeze artist. The article of clothing, the leotard, is named after the costume he made famous and the George Leybourne song, The Daring young man on the flying trapeze, was inspired by Leotard.

The collection contains nine playbills from the Sadler's Wells Theatre. They represent the entire span of years (1844-1862) during which the theater was managed and directed by Samuel Phelps. The first playbill in the sequence, dated 11 August 1844, is presumably the first playbill for the theater under the new management of Phelps and Mary Warner. Its verso contains a lengthy statement about the goals for the theater with reference to the 1843 Theatre Regulation Act. The nine playbills for Sadler's Wells give proof to Phelps' goals for a higher level of programming. Over the course of his thirteen-year management there were thirty performances of Shakespeare plays. The collection also contains a playbill for a performance by Samuel Phelps at Sadler's Wells on 25 October 1862. This was after he had resigned from the theater and the playbill advertises an upcoming performance as being his farewell benefit.

The playbill for Sadler's Wells dated 22 September 1849 contains an unusual statement: "... this evening, Friday, Sept. 21st, there will be no performance, in consequence of the Churchwardens of the Parish having appointed the day as one of humiliation and prayer". This is most likely due to the cholera epidemic that killed more than 33,000 people in Great Britain in 1849, including approximately 13,000 people in London.


Scope and Content Note

This collection of seventeen theatrical broadsides contains examples from the Boston Theatre (1) and Tremont Theatre (1) in Boston, Massachusetts, the Royal Theatre (3) and Royal Italian Opera (1), Covent Garden and the Sadler's Wells Theatre (9), and the Saint James' Theatre (1) in London, England, and the Theatre Royal (1) in York, England.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged by city of origin and then alphabetically by theater. Multiple broadsides under a single theater are arranged chronologically.


Container List

Box Item Contents
1 01 Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.), 10 November 1868
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1 broadside ; 51 cm. x 21 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Boston Theatre … J. B. Booth, Lessee and manager : Brief engagement of the wonder of the world! The unapproachable and only Leotard who will appear in his great Zampillaerostation, or Flight in the Air! Which will be preceded on Tuesday, Nov. 10th … by the popular sensation play, entitled After Dark ... F. A. Searle, Job Printer, 118 Washington Street, Boston

Works named:

Boucicault, Dion, 1820-1890: After dark

Personnel named include:

Louis Aldrich ( Aldrich, Louis, 1843-1901)
J. B. Booth ( Booth, Junius Brutus, 1821-1883)
Stuart Clarke (possibly same as John Stuart Clarke) ( Clarke, Stuart, 19th cent.)
S. H. Forsberg ( Forsberg, S. H. (Shirley Harold))
Shirley France ( France, Shirley Henry, 1839-1879)
J. F. Hagan ( Hagan, J. F. (James F.))
Jules Leotard ( Leotard, Jules)
A. Leonard ( Leonard, Ambrose)
Jas. Lewis ( Lewis, James, d. 1896)
D. J. Maguinnis ( Maguinnis, D. J. (Daniel J.), 1834-1889)
Miss Rachel Noah ( Noah, Rachel, 1845-1879)
J. D. Russell (real name J. R. Clark; also known as Clarke, Russell, J. R. Dutton, R. Arnott, Russell Girard) ( Russell, J. D., 19th cent.)
J. Scott ( Scott, J., 19th cent.)
F. A. Searle (printer) ( Searle, Frederick A.)
A. Soup ( Soup, A., 19th cent.)
Mr. C. R. Thorne, Jr. ( Thorne, Charles Robert, 1840-1883)
Miss Rachel Noah ( Noah, Rachel, 1845-1879 )
Miss Helen Tracy ( Tracy, Helen, fl. 1870-1908)
H. A. Weaver ( Weaver, H. A. (Henry A.), 19th cent.)
S. J. Willis ( Willis, S. J. (Sarell J.) )

1 02 Tremont Theatre (Boston, Mass.), 7 September 1840
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1 broadside ; 36 x 16 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Tremont Theatre : First appearance in Boston of Mademoiselle Fanny Elssler … She will make her debut in the grand ballet of La Tarentule! And will appear in her celebrated dance of the Cracovienne! : First appearance of Mons. J. Sylvain from the Royal Academie, Paris … This evening, Monday, Sept. 7th, 1840, will be presented … La Tarentule … to be followed by the farce, in one act, called The Captain is Not Amiss! ... The performance will commence with the prelude of the Bath Road … The comedy of Nicholas Nickleby is in revival : Mr. and Mrs. Creswick are engaged, and will shortly appear … Eastburn's Press, 18 State Street [Boston]

Works named:

Wilks, Thomas Egerton, 1812-1854: Captain is not amiss
Poole, John, 1786?-1872: Intrigue, or, The Bath Road
Everpoint, 1810-1856. Nicholas Nickleby
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Nicholas Nickleby

Personnel named include:

Mr. Andrews ( Andrews, George H., 1798-1866)
Mrs. Ayling ( Ayling, W. L., Mrs., b. 1819)
Mr. Benson ( Benson, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Boquet ( Boquet, Miss)
Mr. Creswick ( Creswick, William, 1813-1888)
Mrs. Creswick ( Creswick, Elizabeth, d. 1876)
Eastburn's Press
Mrs. Fanny Elssler ( Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884)
Mr. S. D. Johnson ( Johnson, Samuel D., 1813-1863)
Mr. Leman ( Leman, Walter Moore, b. 1810)
Muzzy ( Muzzy, Charles, d. 1852)
Mons. J. Sylvain ( Silvain, James, d. 1856)
Mrs. W. H. Smith ( Smith, Sarah Riddle, 1808-1861)

II. A    London, 1814-1862
Item 3-Item 16
Arranged into three subseries:
Box Item Contents
1 03
Covent Garden Theatre 11 March 1814
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1 broadside ; 31 x 18 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal Covent-Garden : This present Friday, March 11, 1814 will be performed a Grand Selection from the compositions of the most favorite authors, ancient and modern. In which Madame Catalani will sing Holy, holy, Lord, Sul margine, with new variations by Pucitta, the Duetto Ah perdonna, with Mr. Braham, and at the end of the first act, the national air of God save the King … Between the first and second parts, Mr. S. Wesley will (by desire) repeat his new concerto for the organ and on Wednesday will be performed the first act of the Creation, composed by Dr. Haydn, with two grand miscellaneous acts … The new dramatick romance called The Wandering Boys, or, the Castle of Olival, continuing to be well received … will be repeated tomorrow. The new opera of the Farmer’s wife continues to be received with the most enthusiastic applause … and will be repeated on Tuesday next. Tomorrow, the Beggar’s opera, compressed into two acts … After which, the Farce of The Pannel … Shakspeare’s tragedy of King Richard the Third will be performed on Monday … to which will be added the Melo-Drama of Aladdin; or, The Wonderful lamp. On Tuesday … the new opera of The Farmer’s wife with the new pantomime of Harlequin & the swans; or, the Bath of beauty … [Printed by] E. Macleish, 2 Bow Street.

Works named:

Bishop, Henry R. (Henry Rowley), Sir, 1786-1855: Aladdin
Bishop, Henry R. (Henry Rowley), Sir, 1786-1855: Farmer's wife
Gay, John, 1685-1732: Beggar's opera
Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809: Schöpfung
Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823: Pannel
Kerr, John, fl. 1814-1834: Wandering boys
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: King Richard III
Ware, W. (William): Harlequin and the swans, or, The bath of beauty

Personnel named include:

Mr. Ashley ( Ashley, General Christopher, 1769-1818)
Mr. Barrymore ( Barrymore, W. (William), d. 1845)
Mr. Braham ( Braham, John, 1774-1856)
Madame Angelica Catalani ( Catalani, Angelica, 1780-1849)
Mr. Conway ( Conway, William Augustus, 1789-1828)
Mr. Duruset ( Duruset, John, 1796-1843)
Mr. Egerton ( Egerton, Daniel, 1772-1835)
Mrs. Faucit ( Diddear, Harriet Elizabeth, 1789-1857)
Mr. Garbett ( Garbett, Mr.)
Mr. Incledon ( Incledon, Charles Benjamin, 1763-1826)
Mrs. Jordan ( Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816)
Mr. Kellner (probably Kellner, Ernest Augustus, 1792-1839)
E. Macleish ( Macleish, E. (Elizabeth)) Note: Macleish's name is confirmed as Elizabeth in Old Bailey Proceedings Online ( www.oldbaileyonline.org , version 6.0, 23 April 2012), December 1799, trial of GEORGE PARR (t17991204-21).
Mrs. Powell ( Powell, Jane, ca. 1761-1831)
Pucitta ( Pucitta, Vincenzo, 1778-1861)
Miss Rennell ( Rennell, Miss, d. 1816)
Mrs. Salmon ( Salmon, Eliza, 1787-1849)
Mr. I. G. Schmidt ( Schmidt, Johann Georg, 1775-circa 1822)
Miss Stephens ( Stephens, Catherine, 1794-1882)
Mr. Tinney ( Tinney, Mr.)
Mr. S. Wesley ( Wesley, Samuel, 1766-1837)
Mr. Young ( Young, Charles Mayne, 1777-1856)

1 04
Covent Garden Theatre 29 April 1815
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1 broadside ; 31 x 21 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Miss O’Neill’s night : Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden: This present Saturday, April 29 1815, will be acted the tragedy of the Grecian daughter … After which (2nd time) Milton's revived masque of Comus ... the original musick by Handel and Arne, with additions by Bishop, the overture by Cherubini. ... Mr. Kemble will perform on Monday, Coriolanus, on Thursday, The Stranger ... After which, the new melo-drama called The Forest of Bondy, or, The Dog of Mortargis … after which, The Sleep walker, to which will be added, Zembuca ... Printed by E. Macleish, 2 Bow Street.

Works named:

Kotzebue, August von, 1761-1819: Menschenhass und Reue. English (The Stranger)
Murphy, Arthur, 1727-1805: Grecian daughter
Milton, John, 1608-1674: Comus
Oulton, Walley Chamberlain, 1770?-1820? : Sleep walker
Pixérécourt, R.-C. Guilbert de (René-Charles Guilbert), 1773-1844: Chien de Montargis, ou, La forê^t de Bondy, as translated and adapted by Barrymore, W. (William), d. 1845
Pocock, I. (Isaac), 1782-1835: Zembuca, or, The net-maker and his wife
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Coriolanus

Personnel named include:

Mr. Abbott ( Abbott, William, 1789-1843)
Arne ( Arne, Thomas Augustine, 1710-1778)
Bishop ( Bishop, Henry R. (Henry Rowley), Sir, 1786-1855)
Miss Bristow ( Bristow, Miss, 19th cent. )
Mr. Broadhurst ( Broadhurst, Mr., fl. 1811)
Cherubini ( Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842)
Mr. Conway ( Conway, William Augustus, 1789-1828)
Mr. Creswell ( Creswell, Mr.)
Mr. Duruset ( Duruset, John, 1796-1843)
Mrs. Faucit ( Diddear, Harriet Elizabeth, 1789-1857)
Miss Foote ( Foote, Maria, 1797?-1867)
Handel ( Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759)
Mr. Incledon ( Incledon, Charles Benjamin, 1763-1826)
Mr. Jefferies ( Jefferies, Mr., fl. 1812)
Mr. Kemble ( Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823)
Mr. King ( King, Mr.)
Mrs. Liston ( Liston, Sarah, 1781-1854)
Miss Luppino ( Luppino, Georgina, 1778-1832)
E. Macleish ( Macleish, E. (Elizabeth))
Miss Matthews ( Matthews, Catherine Mary)
Mr. Murray ( Murray, Charles, 1754-1821)
Mr. Norris ( Norris, William, d. 1816)
Miss O'Neill ( O'Neill, Eliza, 1791-1872)
Mrs. Parker ( Parker, Sophia, fl. 1763-1818)
Mr. Sinclair ( Sinclair, John, 1791-1857)
Mr. Slader ( Slader, Mr.)
Mons. Soissons ( Soissons, M.)
Miss Stephens ( Stephens, Catherine, 1794-1882)
Mrs. Sterling ( Dixon, Clara Ann, fl. 1795-1822)
Mr. Taylor ( Taylor, Mr.)
Mr. Terry ( Terry, Daniel, 1782-1829)
Mr. Tinney ( Tinney, Mr.)
Mr. Treby ( Treby, Mr.)
Mr. Young ( Young, Charles Mayne, 1777-1856)

1 05
Covent Garden Theatre 26 April 1837
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1 broadside ; 34 x 22 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Covent Garden : This evening, Wednesday, April 26, 1837, will be presented (with the original music by Matthew Locke) Shakspeare’s tragedy of Macbeth ... After which, ninth time, an entirely new farce called the Modern Orpheus, or Music the food of love ... to conclude with the favorite operatic romance of Quasimodo, or, The gypsey girl of Notre Dame. Overture & music selected from the works of Carl Maria von Weber … To-morrow, Thursday (4th time) Brian Boroihme, or, The Maid or Erin : To conclude with … Mr. Sheridan Knowles’ historical play of William Tell … On Friday, will be performed (by particular desire) the play Ion, written by Mr. Serjeant Talfourd … after which, the original drama of The country squire … To conclude with The Modern Orpheus … On Monday will be produced a new historical tragedy to be called Strafford --- Mr. Osbaldiston has the honor of announcing … that his benefit will take place on Monday, the 8th of May on which occasion will be presented Shakspeare’s historical play of King Henry the Eighth ... S. G. Fairbrother, printer, Exeter Court

Works named:

Browning, Robert, 1812-1889: Strafford
Dance, Charles, 1794-1863: Country squire
Fitzball, Edward, 1792-1873: Quasimodo
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Brian Boroihme
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: William Tell
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: King Henry VIII
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Macbeth
Talfourd, Thomas Noon, Sir, 1795-1854: Ion
Webster, Benjamin, 1797-1882: Modern Orpheus

Personnel named include:

Mr. Andrews ( Andrews, George H., 1798-1866)
Mr. Bender ( Bender, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. G. Bennett ( Bennett, G. J. (George John), 1800-1879)
Mr. Collins ( Collins, John, 1804-1874)
Mr. Dale ( Dale, John, 1803-1872)
Miss Deither ( Deither, Miss)
S. G. Fairbrother ( Fairbrother, S. G. (Samuel Glover), fl. 1823-1855)
Mr. W. Farren ( Farren, William, 1786-1861)
Miss Helen Faucit ( Martin, Helena Faucit, 1814-1898 )
Mrs. Garrick ( Garrick, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Glover ( Glover, Julia, 1779-1850)
Mr. Harris ( Harris, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Huckel ( Huckel, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Jones ( possibly Jones, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1811-1877)
Miss Lacy ( Lacy, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Land ( Land, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Lane ( Lane, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Lee ( Lee, Henrietta Incledon, d. 1866)
Matthew Locke ( Locke, Matthew, 1621 or 2-1677)
Mr. Macready ( Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873)
Miss Nicholson ( Nicholson, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Osbaldiston ( Osbaldiston, D. W. (David Webster), 1794-1850)
Mr. Pritchard ( Pritchard, J. L. (John Langford), 1799-1850)
Mr. Ransford ( Ransford, Edwin, 1805-1876)
Mr. Ray ( Ray, J. W. (John William), d. 1871)
Mr. Ross ( Ross, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Tilbury ( Tilbury, William Harries, 1806-1864)
Mr. Thompson ( Thompson, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Vandenhoff ( Vandenhoff, John M., 1790-1861)
Miss Vincent ( Vincent, Miss, 19th cent.)
Carl Maria von Weber ( Weber, Carl Maria von, 1786-1826)
Mr. Webster ( Webster, Benjamin, 1797-1882)
Mr. J. Webster ( Webster, John, 1810-1851)
Mrs. W. West ( West, Sarah, d. 1876)
Mr. Worrell ( Worrell, James, 1807-1865)

1 06
Royal Italian Opera (London, England) 29 March 1860
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1 broadside ; 50 x 26 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden : Mr. Frederick Gye having in the most generous spirit placed this theatre at the disposal of the council for a benefit in aid of the funds of the Royal Dramatic College, this evening, Thursday, March 29, 1860: the entertainments will commence … with the first act of Sir Bulwer Lytton’s play of Money : to be succeeded by the trial scene from Shakspeare’s Merchant of Venice … : after which, a selection from the late Douglas Jerrold’s nautical drama of Black-eyed Susan … : to be followed by a scene from the fifth act of Macbeth … : the screen scene from the fourth act of Sheridan’s comedy of School for scandal … : during the evening, a selection of vocal music … : J. Maddison Morton’s farce of Box & Cox … the celebrated Christy Minstrels will give selections from their popular entertainment : to conclude with the new and successful sketch, by Montague Williams and F. C. Burnand … entitled B. B. ... Printed by Peel’s Steam Machine, 74 New Cut, Lambeth.

Works named:

One act farce co-written by Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), 1836-1917 and Williams, Montagu Stephen, 1835-1892 : B. B.
Jerrold, Douglas William, 1803-1857: Black-eyed Susan
Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873: Money
Morton, John Maddison, 1811-1891: Box and Cox
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Macbeth
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Merchant of Venice
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816: School for scandal

Personnel named include:

Mr. Belford ( Belford, William Rowles, 1824-1881)
Mr. Harcourt Bland ( Bland, Harcourt, d. 1875)
Mr. J. B. Buckstone ( Buckstone, John Baldwin, 1802-1879)
Miss Bufton ( Bufton, Eleanor, 1840-1893)
Miss Bulmer ( Bulmer, Miss)
F. C. Burnand ( Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), 1836-1917)
Mr. Walter Carle ( Carle, Walter, fl. 1861-1863)
Mr. F. Charles ( Charles, F., Mr.)
Mr. Chippendale ( Chippendale, William Henry, 1801-1888)
Mr. Cockrell ( Cockrell, Mr.)
Mr. G. Cooke ( Cooke, George, 1807-1863)
Mr. H. Compton ( Compton, Henry, 1805-1877)
Mr. T. P. Cooke ( Cooke, T. P. (Thomas Potter), 1786-1864)
Mr. H. Cooper (possibly Cooper, Henry C., d. 1881)
Christy Minstrels
Mr. Creswick ( Creswick, William, 1813-1888)
Mrs. W. S. Emden ( Emden, W. S., Mrs.)
Mr. H. Farrell (probably Farrell, Henry, d. 1878)
Mr. David Fisher ( Fisher, David, 1816-1887)
Miss Glyn ( Glyn, Isabella, 1823-1889)
Mrs. Griffiths ( Griffiths, Mrs., d. 1895)
Mr. W. Harrison ( Harrison, William, 1813-1868)
Madame Catherine Hayes ( Hayes, Catherine, 1818-1861)
Mr. Howe (possibly Howe, J. B. (J. Burdett), 1828-1908)
Miss Louise Keeley ( Keeley, Louise, 1833-1877)
Mr. Keeley ( Keeley, Robert, 1793-1869)
Mrs. H. Marston ( Marston, H., Mrs., 1808 or 9-1887)
Mr. H. Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Mr. Charles Mathews ( Mathews, Charles James, 1803-1878)
Mrs. Charles Mathews ( Mathews, Mrs. (Anne Jackson), 1782?-1869)
Mr. F. Matthews ( Matthews, Frank, 1807-1871)
Mr. A. Mellon ( Mellon, Alfred, 1820-1867)
Mr. H. Mellon ( Mellon, Henry, 1808-1876)
Mr. Edward Murray ( Murray, Edward, d. 1878)
Mr. G. Peel ( Peel, G., Mr.)
Peel’s Steam Machine (Firm)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Miss Louisa Pyne ( Pyne, Louisa Fanny, 1835-1904)
Mr. H. Reeves ( Reeves, H., Mr.)
Mr. F. Robson ( Robson, Frederick, 1821-1864)
Royal Dramatic College (Woking, England)
Mr. Ryder ( Ryder, John, 1814-1885)
Miss Amy Sedgwick ( Sedgwick, Amy, 1835-1897)
Madame Simon ( Simon, Madame)
Mrs. Stephens ( Stephens, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. Edward Stirling ( Stirling, Edward, 1807-1894)
Miss Stoker ( Stoker, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. J. L. Toole ( Toole, John Lawrence, 1830-1906)
Mr. B. Webster ( Webster, Benjamin, 1797-1882)
Mr. Horace Wigan ( Wigan, Horace, 1818?-1885)
Miss Woolgar (Mrs. A. Mellon) ( Mellon, Sarah Jane, 1824-1909)
Mrs. Charles Young ( Vezin, Jane Elizabeth, 1827-1902)

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1 07
Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 11 August 1844
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1 broadside ([2] pages) ; 39 x 26 cm.
Presumably the first playbill for Sadler's Wells under the management of Samuel Phelps and Mary Warner.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessee, Thomas Longden Greenwood … Under the management of Mrs. Warner and Mr. Phelps of the Theatres Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and Haymarket, Friday, August 16th, 1844, and Saturday, 17th, the performances will commence with the admired play of The Stranger … After which, the interlude of A Thumping legacy … To conclude with the laughable farce called Bachelors’ Buttons. Verso: Mrs. Warner and Mr. Phelps have embarked in the Management and Performance of Sadler's Wells Theatre, in the hope of eventually rendering it what a Theatre ought to be, a place for justly representing the works of our great Dramatic Poets. This undertaking is commenced at a time when the Stages which have been exclusively called "National" are closed, or devoted to very different objects from that of presenting the real Drama of England, … On Monday and Tuesday Shakspere’s tragedy of Hamlet with The Captain’s not a-miss and A Thumping legacy … it is in rehearsal and will speedily be produced … the tragedy of The Bridal Adapted for representation, with Three Original Scenes, written by James Sheridan Knowles, Esq., from the Maid’s Tragedy of Beaumont and Fletcher … Also in preparation … Massinger’s play of The City madam … S. G. Fairbrother and Son, Printers, 31, Bow Street, Covent Gard.

Works named:

Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Bridal
Kotzebue, August von, 1761-1819: Menschenhass und Reue. English (The Stranger)
Massinger, Philip, 1583-1640: City madam
Morton, John Maddison, 1811-1891: Thumping legacy
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Hamlet
Stirling, Edward, 1807-1894: Bachelor's buttons
Wilks, Thomas Egerton, 1812-1854 : Captain's not a-miss

Personnel named include:

Mr. G. Bennett( Bennett, G. J. (George John), 1800-1879)
Miss Cooper ( Cooper, Fanny, 1814-1872)
Mr. Coreno ( Coreno, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Evain ( Evain, W. H., Mr., fl. 1850)
S. G. Fairbrother and Son ( Fairbrother, S. G. (Samuel Glover), fl. 1823-1855)
Mr. Forman ( Forman, George Frederick, 1811-1852)
Mr. Francis ( Francis, Mr., 19th cent.)
[Mr.] Franks ( Franks, Mr., 19th cent.)
Thomas Longden Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Miss Kate Howard ( Howard, Kate, 19th cent.)
Miss Huddart ( Huddart, Fanny, d. 1880)
Mr. Knight ( Knight, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Lebatt ( Lebatt, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss G. Lebatt ( Lebatt, G., Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. H. Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Miss Morel ( Morel, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Morton ( Morton, Mr., 19th cent. )
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Mr. Sharpe ( Sharpe, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Warner ( Warner, Mary Amelia, 1804-1854)
Mr. J. Webster ( Webster, John, 1810-1851)
Mr. Williams ( Williams, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. A. Younge ( Younge, A.)

1 08
Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 6 September 1844
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1 broadside ; 51 x 26 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessee, Thomas Longden Greenwood … Under the management of Mrs. Warner and Mr. Phelps ... Friday, September 6, 1844, and Saturday, 7th, the performances will commence with Sheridan Knowles’s play of The Hunchback ... after which, the popular farce of The Nervous Man ... to conclude with the laughable farce called The Railroad Station ... On Monday and Tuesday .., the tragedy of The Bridal, On Wednesday and Thursday, Sheridan’s comedy of The Rivals, On Friday and Saturday … Shakspere’s tragedy of Hamlet … in preparation, Shakspere’s tragedy of King John ... S. G. Fairbrother and Son, Printers, 31, Bow Street Covent Garden.

Works named:

Bernard, William Bayle, 1807-1875: Nervous man
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Bridal
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Hunchback
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Hamlet
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: King John
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816: Rivals
Wilks, Thomas Egerton, 1812-1854: Railroad station

Personnel named include:

Mr. G. Bennett ( Bennett, G. J. (George John), 1800-1879)
Mr. Collins ( Collins, John, 1804-1874)
Miss Cooper ( Cooper, Fanny, 1814-1872)
Mr. Coreno ( Coreno, Mr.)
Mr. Evain ( Evain, W. H., Mr., fl. 1850)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Mr. Forman ( Forman, George Frederick, 1811-1852)
Mr. Franks ( Franks, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Graham ( Graham, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Green ( Green, Mr., 19th cent.)
Thomas Longden Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Miss Huddart ( Huddart, Fanny, d. 1880)
Mr. Knight ( Knight, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss G. Lebatt ( Lebatt, G., Miss, 19th cent.)
Mrs. H. Marston ( Marston, H., Mrs., 1808 or 9-1887)
Mr. Henry Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Mr. W. Montgomery ( Montgomery, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1886)
Mr. Morelli ( Morelli, Charles Francis, 1800-1882)
Miss Morelli (possibly Morelli, Olivia Elizabeth, b. 1828)
Mr. Morton ( Morton, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Mr. Sharpe ( Sharpe, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Sievier ( Sievier, Mr.)
Miss Thornbury ( Thornbury, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mrs. Warner ( Warner, Mary Amelia, 1804-1854)
Mr. J. Webster ( Webster, John, 1810-1851)
Mr. Williams ( Williams, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. A. Younge ( Younge, A.)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 26-29 August [1846]
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1 broadside ; 49 x 26 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessees. Messrs. Greenwood and Phelps, under the management of Mr. Phelps, Wednesday, Aug. 26, Thursday, 27, Friday, 28, & Saturday 29, will be produced … Westland Marston’s play of The Patrician’s daughter … to be followed by an interlude by Charles Selby entitled A Lady & gentleman in a peculiarly perplexing predicament … To conclude with the farce entitled Manoeuvring ... Henry IVth will be repeated twice next week : Shakspere’s tragedy of Romeo and Juliet ... will be speedily produced : Sergeant Talfourd's tragedy of Ion is also in a forward state of rehearsal ... S. G. Fairbrother, Printer, 31 Bow Street, Covent Garden.

Works named:

Edgeworth, Maria, 1767-1849: Manoeuvring
Marston, Westland, 1819-1890: Patrician's daughter
Selby, Charles, 1802?-1863: Lady and gentleman in a peculiarly perplexing predicament
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: King Henry IV
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Romeo and Juliet
Talfourd, Thomas Noon, Sir, 1795-1854: Ion

Personnel named include:

Miss Laura Addison ( Addison, Laura, 1822-1852)
Mr. G. Bennett ( Bennett, G. J. (George John), 1800-1879)
Mr. Branson ( Branson, William Scholes, d. 1884)
Mrs. Brougham ( Brougham, John, Mrs.)
S. G. Fairbrother, printer ( Fairbrother, S. G. (Samuel Glover), fl. 1823-1855)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Mrs. Frances ( Frances, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Francis ( Francis, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. Franks ( Franks, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Graham ( Graham, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Graham ( Graham, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. T. L. Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Mr. Hoskins ( Hoskins, William, 1815 or 16-1886)
Mr. Mellon ( Mellon, Henry, 1808-1876)
Mr. W. Montgomery ( Montgomery, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1886)
Mr. Morton ( Morton, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Leigh Murray ( Murray, Elizabeth Leigh, 1815-1892 )
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Mr. Scharf (there is also a Mr. Scharfe, likely the same person) ( Scharf, Henry, 1822-1887 )
Mr. Scoley ( Scoley, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Stephens ( Stephens, Miss, 19th cent. )
Mr. Stilt ( Stilt, Charles, d. 1851)
Mr. Wilkins ( Wilkins, John, 19th cent.)
Mr. A. Younge ( Younge, A.)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 22 September 1849
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1 broadside ; 51 x 25 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessees, Messrs. Greenwood and Phelps, under the management of Mr. Phelps, this evening, Friday, Sept. 21st, there will be no performance, in consequence of the Churchwardens of the Parish having appointed the day as one of humiliation and prayer : To-morrow, Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 1849, will be presented … Colley Cibber's comedy of She Would and She Would Not ... to be followed by the petite comedy, in two acts, of A Day After the Wedding ... to conclude with … a new farce by J. Wooler, entitled Plots for Petticoats : Shakspere’s play of Measure for Measure will be repeated on Monday and Tuesday : Shakspere’s play of The Tempest will be performed on Wednesday and Thursday : The Merchant of Venice will be repeated in a few days : the production of Shakspere’s tragedy of Antony & Cleopatra ... is unavoidably postponed until October … S. G. Fairbrother, Printer, 31, Bow Street, Covent Garden.

Works named:

Cibber, Colley, 1671-1757: She would and she would not
Kemble, Marie Thérèse, 1774-1838: Day after the wedding
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Measure for measure
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Tempest
Wooler, J. P. (John Pratt), 1824-1868: Plots for petticoats

Personnel named include:

Miss T. Bassano ( Bassano, T., Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Belford ( Belford, William Rowles, 1824-1881)
Miss Carlstein ( Carlstein, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Clinton ( Clinton, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. G. K. Dickinson ( Dickinson, G. K., d. 1863)
Mr. Dolman ( Dolman, John, 1824-1895)
S. G. Fairbrother, printer ( Fairbrother, S. G. (Samuel Glover), fl. 1823-1855)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Miss Fitzpatrick ( Fitzpatrick, Helen, 19th cent.)
Mr. Franks ( Franks, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. T. L. Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Mr. Harris ( Harris, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Hoskins ( Hoskins, William, 1815 or 16-1886)
Mr. Knight ( Knight, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mrs. H. Marston ( Marston, H., Mrs., 1808 or 9-1887)
Mr. Henry Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Mr. W. H. Montgomery ( Montgomery, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1886)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Miss Julia St. George ( St. George, Julia, 1822 or 3-1903)
Mrs. G. Smith ( Smith, G., Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. Williams ( Williams, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. A. Younge ( Younge, A.)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 30 April 1850
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1 broadside ; 51 x 26 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessees, Messrs. Greenwood and Phelps, under the management of Mr. Phelps: for the benefit of Mr. G. Bennett on which occasion Miss Jane Bennett will make her first appearance : On Tuesday, April 30th, 1850, the performances will commence with the new play in five acts, by Mr. G. Bennett, entitled Retribution … After which, Sheridan’s celebrated comedy of The Rivals ... S. G. Fairbrother, Printer, 31, Bow Street, Covent Garden.

Works named:

Bennett, G. J. (George John), 1800-1879: Retribution
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816: Rivals

Personnel named include:

Mr. Belford ( Belford, William Rowles, 1824-1881)
Mr. George Bennett ( Bennett, G. J. (George John), 1800-1879)
Miss Jane Bennett ( Bennett, Jane, b. 1832)
Mrs. Brougham ( Brougham, John, Mrs. )
Miss A. Brown ( Brown, A., Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. G. K. Dickinson ( Dickinson, G. K., d. 1863)
Mr. Dolman ( Dolman, John, 1824-1895)
S. G. Fairbrother, printer ( Fairbrother, S. G. (Samuel Glover), fl. 1823-1855)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Miss Fitzpatrick ( Fitzpatrick, Helen, 19th cent.)
Mr. Franks ( Franks, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Graham ( Graham, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. T. L. Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Mr. Harris ( Harris, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Hoskins ( Hoskins, William, 1815 or 16-1886)
Miss Johnstone ( Johnstone, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Knight ( Knight, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Henry Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Mr. H. Mellon ( Mellon, Henry, 1808-1876)
Miss Morelli ( Morelli, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Henry Nye ( Nye, Henry, fl. 1849)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Master Righton ( Righton, Thomas Edward Corrie Burns, 1838-1899)
Mr. Wilkins ( Wilkins, John, 19th cent.)
Mr. A. Younge ( Younge, A.)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 2 March [1854]
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1 broadside ; 51 x 26 cm.
A second copy is included.
March 2 was on a Thursday in 1854 according to perpetual calendar. Phelps did not start at Sadler’s Wells until 1844.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessees, Messrs Greenwood and Phelps : Mr. Phelps respectfully announces his Benefit Night for Thursday, March 2nd, when will be revived Fielding's Play, in Three Acts, of The Miser ... To conclude with the comedy of Wild Oats ... S. G. Fairbrother, Printer, 31, Bow Street, Covent Garden.

Works named:

Fielding, Henry, 1707-1754: Miser
O'Keeffe, John, 1747-1833: Wild oats

Personnel named include:

Mr. Lewis Ball ( Ball, Lewis, 1820-1905)
Mr. Barrett ( Barrett, Henry Michael, d. 1872)
Mr. Belford ( Belford, William Rowles, 1824-1881)
Miss Cooper ( Cooper, Fanny, 1814-1872)
S. G. Fairbrother, printer ( Fairbrother, S. G. (Samuel Glover), fl. 1823-1855)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Mr. Franks ( Franks, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Frost ( Frost, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Miss Katharine Hickson ( Hickson, Katharine)
Mr. Hoskins ( Hoskins, William, 1815 or 16-1886)
Mr. Josephs ( Josephs, Mr., 19th cent. )
Mr. Lacy ( Lacy, Walter, 1809-1898)
Mr. Lloyd ( Lloyd, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Lunt ( Lunt, James, d. 1879)
Mr. Meagreson ( Meagreson, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. C. Mortimer ( Mortimer, C., Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Mr. J. W. Ray ( Ray, J. W. (John William), d. 1871)
Master Righton ( Righton, Thomas Edward Corrie Burns, 1838-1899)
Mr. Rousby ( Rousby, Wybert (William Wybert))
Mr. Scholey ( Scholey, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Ternan ( Ternan, Mrs. (Thomas), 1802-1873)
Miss Eliza Travers ( Travers, Eliza)
Miss Wyatt ( Wyatt, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss F. Younge ( Younge, F., Miss, 19th cent.)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 17 November 1859
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1 broadside ; 51 x 25 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Lessees, Messrs. Greenwood and Phelps, under the management of Mr. Phelps : This evening, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1859 and Friday, November 18th, the performances will commence with Sheridan Knowles’ comedy of The Love Chase ... To conclude with Charles Dance's comedy, in two acts, entitled Sons & Systems ... On Saturday … Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth ... In consequence of the continued attraction on the performance of The Fool's Revenge, it will be repeated on Thursday and Friday next … Henry Pownceby, Steam Machine Printer, 43, Leman Street, Whitechapel

Works named:

Dance, Charles, 1794-1863: Sons and systems
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Love chase
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Macbeth
Taylor, Tom, 1817-1880: Fool’s revenge

Personnel named include:

Mr. Lewis Ball ( Ball, Lewis, 1820-1905)
Mr. Belford ( Belford, William Rowles, 1824-1881)
Mr. Chapman ( Chapman, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Miss Gray ( Gray, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879 )
Mr. T. C. Harris ( Harris, T. C., Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Hart ( Hart, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Heath ( Barrett, Caroline, 1835-1887)
Miss R. Herbert ( Herbert, R., Miss, 19th cent.)
Mrs. J. B. Hill ( Hill, J. B., Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. Lickfold ( Lickfold, James, d. 1888)
Mrs. H. Marston ( Marston, H., Mrs., 1808 or 9-1887)
Mr. H. Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Mr. Meagreson ( Meagreson, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Morelli ( Morelli, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Caroline Parkes ( Parkes, Caroline, 1838-1877)
Mr. Paxon ( Paxon, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Miss Poole ( Poole, Miss, 19th cent.)
Henry Pownceby, printer ( Pownceby, Henry)
Mr. J. W. Ray ( Ray, J. W. (John William), d. 1871)
Mr. Frederick Robinson ( Robinson, Frederic, 1832-1912)
Mr. C. Seyton ( Seyton, Charles, d. 1894)
Mr. Warde ( Warde, Mr., 19th cent.)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 17 August 1861
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1 broadside ; 51 x 26 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Sole lessee, Mr. Phelps : last night of performance … The public is respectfully informed that a performance will take place at this theatre, on Saturday, August 17th, 1861, for the benefit of an artist, suffering from severe illness, Mr. Phelps, … has most liberally granted the use of the theatre, free of charge, and his son, Mr. Edmund Phelps, has kindly consented to sustain two characters … The entertainments will commence at a Quarter to seven, with four scenes from Sheridan Knowles' Play of The Hunchback ... A song, by Miss Fanny Josephs, To be followed by three scenes from The Love Chase ... In the course of the Evening, Mrs Stirling will deliver an address, written by Tom Taylor, Esq. to be followed by a selection of scenes from Shakespeare’s comedy of As You Like It ... After which, the trial scene, from Shakespeare’s play of The Merchant of Venice ... In the course of the evening, Miss Caroline Parkes will give her new entertainment song, entitled The Delights of the dance, After which two scenes from Sheridan’s comedy of The School for Scandal ... The whole to conclude with Buckstone’s favorite farce, entitled A Kiss in the dark … Pownceby, Steam Printer, 43, Leman Street, Whitechapel.

Works named:

Buckstone, John Baldwin, 1802-1879: Kiss in the dark
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Hunchback
Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862: Love chase
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: As you like it
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Merchant of Venice
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816: School for scandal

Personnel named include:

Miss Atkinson ( Atkinson, Emma)
Mr. Lewis Ball ( Ball, Lewis, 1820-1905)
Mr. Barrett ( Barrett, Henry Michael, d. 1872)
Mr. Belford ( Belford, William Rowles, 1824-1881)
Mr. H. S. Carleton ( Carleton, H. S., Mr.)
Mr. Chapman ( Chapman, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Davis ( Davis, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Alice Evans ( Evans, Alice, 19th cent.)
Mr. C. Fenton ( Fenton, Charles, d. 1877)
Miss Fitzpatrick ( Fitzpatrick, Helen, 19th cent.)
Mr. T. L. Greenwood ( Greenwood, T. L. (Thomas Longdon), 1806-1879)
Miss Heath ( Barrett, Caroline, 1835-1887)
Mrs. Hill ( Hill, J. B., Mrs., 19th cent.)
Miss Hill ( Hill, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Johnson ( Johnson, Miss, 19th cent.)
Miss Fanny Josephs ( Josephs, Fanny, d. 1890)
Miss Lavine ( Lavine, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mrs. H. Marston ( Marston, H., Mrs., 1808 or 9-1887)
Mr. H. Marston ( Marston, Henry, 1804-1883)
Mr. F. Morton ( Morton, F., Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Oliver ( Oliver, Martha Cranmer, 1834-1880)
Miss Caroline Parkes ( Parkes, Caroline, 1838-1877)
Mr. Edmund Phelps ( Phelps, Edmund, 1838-1870)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Mr. Pigeon ( Pigeon, Mr., 19th cent.)
Henry Pownceby, printer ( Pownceby, Henry )
Mr. J. W. Ray ( Ray, J. W. (John William), d. 1871)
Mr. Alfred Rayner ( Rayner, Alfred, d. 1898)
Mr. Ryder ( Ryder, John, 1814-1885)
Mrs. St. Henry ( St. Henry, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Stirling ( Stirling, Fanny, 1815-1895)
Mr. W. H. Swanborough ( Swanborough, W. H. (William Henry), ca. 1830-1886)
Tom Taylor ( Taylor, Tom, 1817-1880)
Mr. Webster Vernon ( Vernon, W. H., 1834-1905)
Mr. Herman Vezin ( Vezin, Hermann, 1829-1910)
Mrs. Charles Young ( Vezin, Jane Elizabeth, 1827-1902)

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Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England) 25 October [1862]
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1 broadside ; 51 x 26 cm.
Phelps resigned from Sadler’s Wells earlier in 1862 but returned for some shows. The perpetual calendar shows that October 25th was a Saturday in 1862 and the play, A Chinese romance, by Horne, was licensed in January 1862 for performance at the New Royalty Theatre.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells : Under the management of Miss Catherine Lucette : Mr. Phelps every evening, for a limited number of nights … On Saturday, Oct. 25th, & Monday and Tuesday following, the performances will commence with Shakspeare’s tragedy , in five acts, of Othello, The Moor of Venice … Characteristic pas seul by Miss Rosa Nathan : To conclude with … a new comic drama, written by the author of Two heads are better than one, entitled Chinese romance … On Wednesday, Oct. 29th, Shakspeare’s play of The Merchant of Venice … Mr. Phelps’ farewell benefit, and last performance but one at this theatre, on Thursday evening, Nov. 6th … “Nassau Steam Press,” W. S. Johnson & Co., 60, St. Martin’s Lane, W. C.

Works named:

Horne, F. Lennox: Chinese romance
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616: Othello

Personnel named include:

Mr. Lewis Ball ( Ball, Lewis, 1820-1905)
Mr. Bender ( Bender, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Clements ( Clements, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. C. Crook ( Crook, C., Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Emily Dowton ( Dowton, Emily)
Mrs. Dowton ( Dowton, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. E. F. Edgar ( Edgar, Edward Fisher, d. 1884)
Mr. Fisher( Fisher, David, 1816-1887)
Mr. Henry Forrester ( Forrester, Henry, 1827-1882)
Mr. Horton ( Horton, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. James Johnstone ( Johnstone, James, b. 1817)
Mr. C. Lloyds ( Lloyds, C., Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Catherine Lucette ( Lucette, Catherine, d. 1892)
Miss Sophie Miles ( Miles, Sophie, d. 1891)
Mr. A. Montague ( Montague, A., Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Mowbray ( Mowbray, Thomas, 1822-1900)
Miss Rosa Nathan ( Nathan, Rosa)
Mr. Northcote ( Northcote, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Phelps ( Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878)
Mr. Regan ( Regan, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Richards ( Richards, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Escott Shelley ( Shelley, Escott)
Mr. John St. Luke ( St. Luke, John, 19th cent.)
Mr. Willson ( Willson, Mr., 19th cent.)
“Nassau Steam Press,” W. S. Johnson & Co. ( W.S. Johnson and Co. (London, England) )

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Saint James' Theatre (London, England), 29 December 1837
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1 broadside ; 35 x 21 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Pascal Bruno, founded on Mr. Hook’s novel, having been received most enthusiastically throughout, will be repeated every evening : Theatre Royal St. James's : This evening, Friday, December 29, 1837 will be performed a popular burletta, founded on and called Guy Mannering … After which, the famous burletta written by Boz. entitled Is She His Wife? Or, Something Singular! ... To conclude with … an entirely new romantic burletta, in two acts, called Pascal Bruno, adapted from Mr. Theodore Hook's translation of the celebrated tale by Mons. Alexandre Dumas … The Incidental music selected and composed by Mr. G. F. Stansbury, the dances arranged by Mrs. Wells, the scenery by Mr. Nicholls ... In the course of the piece, Mr. Wright and Madame Sala will dance their celebrated burlesque of The Cuchacha

Works named:

Bishop, Henry R. (Henry Rowley), Sir, 1786-1855: Guy Mannering
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870: Is she his wife?, or, Something singular
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870: Pascal Bruno
Cachucha

Personnel named include:

Mr. Alexander ( Alexander, Mr., 19th cent.)
Miss Allison (later Mrs. Seymour) ( Allison, Miss, b. 1816)
Miss C. Booth ( Booth, C., Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. Braham ( Braham, John, 1774-1856)
Mr. Brookes ( Brookes, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Burnet ( Burnet, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Gardner (possibly John Gardiner, d. 1851) ( Gardner, Mr., 19th cent. )
Mr. A. Giubilei (also spelled Guibilei on playbill - Giubilei, A., Mr.)
Mr. H. Hall ( Hall, Henry, 1804-1858)
Mr. Harley ( Harley, John Pritt, 1786-1858)
Mr. Hart ( Hart, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Hollingsworth ( Hollingsworth, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mr. Theodore Hook ( Hook, Theodore Edward, 1788-1841)
Mr. Moore ( Moore, Mr., 19th cent.)
Mrs. Penson ( Penson, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Miss Rainforth ( Rainforth, Elizabeth, 1814-1877)
Madame Sala ( Sala, Madame, 1792-1860)
Mr. Sidney ( Sidney, Mr., 19th cent. )
Miss Julia Smith ( Smith, Julia, 19th cent.)
Miss Smith ( Smith, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. G. F. Stansbury ( Stansbury, George Frederick, 1800-1845 )
Mrs. Stirling ( Stirling, Fanny, 1815-1895)
Miss Stuart ( Stuart, Miss, 19th cent.)
Mr. J. Webster ( Webster, John, 1810-1851)
Mrs. Wells ( Wells, Mrs., 19th cent.)
Mr. Wright ( Wright, Edward Richard, 1813-1859)

II. B    York, 1790
Item 17
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Theatre Royal (York, England), 13 April 1790
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1 broadside ; 31 x 21 cm.

Reduced title transcription: Theatre-Royal, York : Tuesday evening, April 13, 1790, will be presented a comedy, called The Clandestine marriage ... To which will be added Mr. Sheridan's celebrated farce, called The Critic; or, A Tragedy Rehears'd ... To conclude with A Grand Naval Engagement, and Rule Brittannia, in Full Chorus …

Works named:

Colman, George, 1732-1794: Clandestine marriage
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816: Critic

Personnel named include:

Mrs. Cummins ( Cummins, Mrs.)
Mr. Draycott ( Draycott, Mr.)
Mr. Fawcett ( Fawcett, Mr. (John), 1768-1837)
Mrs. Fawcett ( Fawcett, Susan, d. 1797)
Mrs. French ( French, Mary Amelia, d. 1887 )
Mrs. Kennedy ( Kennedy, Agnes, ca. 1759-1832)
Mr. Kennedy ( Kennedy, Thomas, ca. 1750-1808)
Mr. King ( King, Thomas, 1730-1805)
Mr. Leng ( Leng, Mr.)
Mrs. Leng ( Leng, Mrs.)
Mr. Michell ( Michell, Mr.)
Mr. Penson ( Penson, George, d. 1833)
Mr. Snagg ( Snagg, Thomas, 1746-1812)
Mr. Southgate ( Southgate, Mr.)
Mr. Townsend ( Townsend, Edward Evans, 1766-1809)
Mr. Turpin ( Turpin, Mr.)
Mr. Warren ( Warren, Mr.)
Mr. J. Wilkinson ( Wilkinson, John Joseph Tate, 1769 or 70-1846)


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Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.)
Covent Garden Theatre
Royal Italian Opera (London, England)
Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England)
Saint James' Theatre (London, England)
Theatre Royal (York, England)
Tremont Theatre (Boston, Mass.)

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Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.)
Broadsides--England--London--Specimens
Broadsides--England--York--Specimens
Broadsides--Massachusetts--Boston--Specimens
Covent Garden Theatre
Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878
Playbills--England--London--Specimens
Playbills--England--York--Specimens
Playbills--Massachusetts--Boston--Specimens
Printed ephemera--England--London--Specimens
Printed ephemera--England--York--Specimens
Printed ephemera--Massachusetts--Boston--Specimens
Royal Italian Opera (London, England)
Sadler's Wells Theatre (London, England)
Saint James' Theatre (London, England)
Theater--England--London--19th century
Theater--England--York--18th century
Theater--Massachusetts--Boston--19th century
Theatre Royal (York, England)
Tremont Theatre (Boston, Mass.)

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Playbills

Associated Material

Additional Guides

All playbills in the collection are cataloged in WorldCat and are available in BISON , the online catalog for the University at Buffalo Libraries, by performing a "Title begins with" search under "Christopher Coover Collection of Theatre Broadsides".

All playbills have been digitized and full text transcriptions have been prepared. The full text of these transcriptions is keyword searchable. Any personnel not stated in the container list description can be searched through the transcriptions as can the names of characters in the plays.