Olympic Theatre: Dobson Brothers’ Benefit

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
14 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

24 Apr 1867, 2:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka African Camille
Text Author: Brickner
Participants:  Stuart Robson
aka Dutchman in distress; Rival Dutchmen
Text Author: Barry
Participants:  George W. Thompson


Announcement: New York Clipper, 20 April 1867, 14, 3d col., top.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 April 1867, 7.

“Complimentary testimonial to Chas. E. and Frank P. Dobson, prior to their departure for Europe. One hundred volunteers, theatrical and minstrel,”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 April 1867, 2.
Review: New York Clipper, 04 May 1867, 30.

“Charles Dobson is an artist of unquestionable ability.  His performances on the banjo at the Olympic on the stage, and in the orchestra at Wallack’s, has won for him the title of one of the best banjoists living.  His execution is different from any one we ever heard.  His delicacy of touch, masterly runs, and marvelous execution is astonishing.  His tremulo in ‘Home, Sweet Home,’ and his rapid variations in ‘Yankee Doodle’ are wonderful.  His playing of the ‘Shepherd Quickstep’ in a minor key, ‘Madralins,’ the ‘Olympic Schottische,’ and a choice selection of operatic selections are rendered with such precision as to bring forth great applause.”