New-York Theatre

Event Information

New-York Theatre (1866-69)

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

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
15 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Oct 1866, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Old English gentleman
Text Author: Dance
Participants:  McKee Rankin (role: Horace Selwood);  Mark Smith (role: Squire Broadlands);  Marie Wilkins (role: Dame Temperance)
aka Loves of Lord Lovel and Nancy Bell; Rumtifoozle; or, The lives of Lady Nancy Bell and ye Lord Lovell


Review: New York Herald, 26 October 1866, 7.

“The entertainment at this pretty theatre last evening commenced with Charles Dance’s comedy, ‘The Fine Old English Gentleman.’ The plot and incidents have already been noticed. The character of Squire Broadlands, sustained by Mr. Mark Smith, was a fine piece of acting. The role gives a fine opportunity to Mr. Smith to embody in its rendition the peculiar jollity of his nature. A more natural and easy rendition can scarcely be imagined. The support given him by company was of a very fair kind. Mrs. Wilkins’ Dame Temperance was particularly good, her acting in the scene where the Squire proposes marriage to her being a really fine piece of acting. Mr. Rankin’s Horace Selwood was not as good as that gentleman’s reputation led one to expect. His continually changing his style of speaking from the Dundreary to the natural style when it was not called for in the plot, quite marred the beauty of a somewhat interesting character. The concluding piece was the burlesque Rum-ti-foo-zle, in which Mr. Baker, as the hero of the piece, and Miss Fanny Young, as the heroine, received commendation.”