Midsummer Night’s Dream

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Proprietor / Lessee:
James E. [manager, proprietor] Hayes

Anthony, Jr. Reiff

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 August 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Nov 1867, Evening
12 Nov 1867, Evening
13 Nov 1867, Evening
14 Nov 1867, Evening
15 Nov 1867, Evening
16 Nov 1867, Evening
16 Nov 1867, 1:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Shakespeare
Participants:  William Davidge, unidentifiable (role: Quince);  Fanny Stockton (role: Oberon);  George Washington Lafayette Fox (role: Pyramis)
aka Midsummer night's dream
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy


Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 November 1867.

“Surpasses The Black Crook – Evening Post. Mendelssohn’s Grand Original Music” List of scenery makers, etc.

Review: New York Herald, 14 November 1867, 3.

“The Midsummer Night’s Dream passed off last night in good style. A large audience crowded the theatre and were apparently much amused at the grotesque fancies of the wonderful Shakespeare, as exhibited in this play. The cast of characters indicates but little talent on the part of the managers, and many interesting points in the comedy lose their value on this account. One of the most meritorious actors, Davidge, as Quince, is entirely out of place. Miss Stockton acted her part in her usual successful style, and Mr. G. L. Fox was as loudly applauded as Pyramis. The transformation scene is a very cheap affair, and relies for effect upon its final change, representing female loveliness in suspense.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 17 November 1867, 8.

“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ attracted a large matinee audience to the Olympic Theatre on Saturday. The popular success of this Shakespearean revival is already great and must certainly increase.”