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Event Information

Samuel's New Park Theatre

Manager / Director:
Mark Smith
Lewis Baker [mgr-actor]

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
2 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

13 Mar 1867, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Benefit for the Southern Relief Fund of the Ladies' Society.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 10 March 1867, 1.

“LADY DON and the entire Company, Orchestra and Attaches of the establishment have kindly volunteered for the occasion.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 10 March 1867.
Announcement: New-York Times, 11 March 1867, 4.

“Few charities of recent years have received more encouragement, or have better deserved the favors which have been extended on every hand, than the Relief Fund which the Ladies’ Society in New-York have formed for the purpose of sending aid to the suffering and starving people in the Southern States…In select circles the programme of a series of amateur entertainments, to be given for the increase of this fund, and in which the very flower of the best society in New-York is to take the leading part, is now the exciting topic of conversation…On Wednesday afternoon an entainment [sic] for this object will be given at the New-York Theatre—Lady Don appearing as Lady Gay Spanker.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 March 1867.

Full cast list included.

Announcement: New-York Times, 13 March 1867, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 14 March 1867.

No mention of music.

Review: New-York Times, 14 March 1867, 4.

No mention of music.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 16 March 1867, 390.
Review: New York Clipper, 23 March 1867, 398.

“With the single exception of the role of Lady Gay Spanker by Lady Don, the performance was execrable. John K. Mortimer . . . was so beastly intoxicated that he could scarcely articulate or stand up on the stage. . . . The attendance was very small.”

Review: New York Clipper, 23 March 1867, 398.

“Lady Don is in the fifth and last week of her engagement at the New York Theatre. Last week she appeared as Fanny Heartlight in ‘Brother Bob,’ which is nothing more than the old play of ‘The Rough diamond.’ Lady Don also played Myles Na Coppaleen in the burlesque of ‘Colleen Bawn.’ The burlesque is exceedingly well written, and had it been produced the first week of this lady’s engagement she would no doubt have made a better impression, as it was decidedly her best performance. Mrs. Gomersal looked well as Hardress and sang charmingly.”