Black Crook

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Price: $.75; $.50 family circle; $1 dress circle secured; $1.50 parquette and parquette circle reserved; $8, $10 private boxes; $1 all seats Saturday matinee

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Oct 1866, 7:30 PM
09 Oct 1866, 7:30 PM
10 Oct 1866, 7:30 PM
11 Oct 1866, 7:30 PM
12 Oct 1866, 7:30 PM
13 Oct 1866, 1:00 PM
13 Oct 1866, 7:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New-York Times, 08 October 1866, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 October 1866, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 10 October 1866.

“Niblo’s Garden is filled to overflowing every night with the admirers of the French ballet and magnificent scenic effects. The ‘Black Crook’ has been the greatest success of the season.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 October 1866, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 20 October 1866, 222.

In the naked drama of the ‘Black Crook,’ at Niblo’s, the imported ballet girls nightly ‘crook the pregnant hinges of the knee that thrift may follow’ dancing. The play draws nearly as well as ever, and the most attractive feature of this raree show, the closing scene, is always witnessed amidst the greatest enthusiasm. When this spectacle was first produced here, the press attributed its success altogether to the dancers, while the author of the play received no credit whatever for his share of the work. And yet ‘The Black Crook’ was recently produced at the Metropolitan Theatre, Buffalo, without the imported nudities, and its success has been of the most marked character, the house being crowded to repletion every evening. Will those foreign critics and managers who condemn native productions make a note of this?”