Black Crook

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Price: $1 parquet and dress circle; $.50 family circle

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
27 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Aug 1867, 8:00 PM
20 Aug 1867, 8:00 PM
21 Aug 1867, 8:00 PM
22 Aug 1867, 8:00 PM
23 Aug 1867, 8:00 PM
24 Aug 1867, 1:00 PM
24 Aug 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 August 1867, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 24 August 1867, 154, 3d col., middle.

Very brief: “’Ye Black Crook’ continueth to attract large audiences to ye dramatic temple known as Niblo’s.  Wheatley’s fair and blushing damsels do afford much pleasure to those pious and unsophisticated youths who come from the country to see the elephant.” 

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 24 August 1867, 155.
Review: New York Clipper, 31 August 1867, 166, 2d col., middle.

“A Revival has taken place at Niblo’s Garden during the past week.  When the ‘Black Crook’ was first produced at this establishment, the nightly gross receipts for several weeks exceeded $2,000.  When the very warm nights set in, there was a falling off, and for a few weeks the receipts averaged about $1,000 a night, which even at that figure, was a big business for the summer season, bigger than ever before known in this city.  As the season advances and the weather becomes a little cooler, a great many strangers come to the city, filling the hotels to repletion, and the first place of amusement they go to is the home of its ‘Black Crook.’  The consequence is that Niblo’s Garden every night last week was filled to repletion, with the exception of the upper tier, the receipts averaging over $1,700 a night.  This is really astonishing, considering the piece has already been produced over three hundred and forty nights.  Such an overwhelming success never before attended any dramatic production in this or any other country.  M’lle Langois, a danseuse of considerable reputation in England, arrived in this city on the 21st by the William Penn, under engagement to appear at this establishment early in September.  Great is the ‘Black Crook,’ and great is its success.”