Ben Cotton and Sam Sharpley’s Minstrels

Event Information

Theatre Comique [1867- : 514 Broadway]

Event Type:
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Sep 1867, Evening
24 Sep 1867, Evening
25 Sep 1867, Evening
26 Sep 1867, Evening
27 Sep 1867, Evening
28 Sep 1867, Evening
28 Sep 1867, 2:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Martin
Text Author: Butler
aka Richard No. 3 ; Teutonic tyrant of squantum; Richard Ye No. 3; Richard Third; Richard de three times; Dutch Richard III
Participants:  D. L. Morris
aka Gymnastic exercises; Ring feats; Gymnasium scene; Gems of the gymnasium
aka Terrific trapeze; Swinging trapeze


Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 September 1867.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 September 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 26 September 1867, 7.
“The White-Cotton-Sharpley combination at this place of amusement is drawing excellent houses, that of last night being, besides unexceptionable in point of numbers, highly gratifying to the management in the select appearance of those making up the audience.  The fresh jokes and quickness of repartee of Sharpley and Cotton and the familiar face of Charles White were duly acknowledged, the other members of the company likewise receiving their meed of deserved applause.  The concluding burlesque of Richard No. 3, or Dutch Richard, is ‘immense,’ and called forth shouts of laughter.  The singing of Miss Brent, as also that of Messrs. Cooke and Murphy, was loudly encored.  The former gentleman sang a beautiful ballad, ‘Let the Dead and Beautiful Rest,’ with much feeling and expression.  The ballet performances of Mlle. Devere exhibited careful training.”