Humpty Dumpty

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 August 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Mar 1868, Evening
24 Mar 1868, Evening
25 Mar 1868, Evening
25 Mar 1868, 1:30 PM
26 Mar 1868, Evening
27 Mar 1868, Evening
28 Mar 1868, Evening
28 Mar 1868, 1:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Fox
Participants:  Rita Sangalli;  Betty Rigl;  Mrs. C. [actress] Edwards (role: Romance);  Mlle. [actress] Laurent (role: Columbine);  Mlle. [dancer] Leah;  George Washington Lafayette Fox (role: Clown);  Charles Kemble Fox (role: Pantaloon);  Alice M. Harrison [vocal-actor] (role: Burlesque)


Announcement: New York Herald, 23 March 1868, 6.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 March 1868.
Review: New-York Times, 23 March 1868, 4.

“The new pantomime prospers exceedingly at the Olympic. ‘Humpty Dumpty’ here sits upon a wall of public favor, from which he can have no immediate fall. Mlle. Leah, a dancer new to this city, has been introduced, and takes a share of the applause that is given to the ballet.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 23 March 1868, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 March 1868, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 24 March 1868, 10.

“OLYMPIC THEATRE.—Such an audience was rarely gathered within the walls of this establishment as that which assembled last night to see Fox’s grand pantomime of ‘Humpty Dumpty.’ Blessed were they who did not expect standing room, for they were not disappointed. The gauzy and pedal glories of the ballet were sustained in the ‘White Fawn’ style by Rita Sangali and Betty Rigl, with a band of accomplished danceuses. The pantomime is admirably contrived for funny tricks, in which Mr. Fox is quite at home. The scenery and transformations could hardly be excelled, while, to make the matter complete, the whole thing is done to lively and appropriate music, the ‘Grand Duchess’ taking a very prominent part in the orchestra.”

Review: New York Clipper, 04 April 1868, 414.

“‘Humpty Dumpty’ bids fair to become one of the most attractive pieces produced in this city for some time. It is now in its fourth week at the Olympic Theatre, and such crowds as are to be seen at the box office every evening promise for it a good run. Every evening the past week a great many were turned away before the performance commenced, while others came to the box office to get their money returned, as they were not satisfied with standing. The great success attending the production of ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is fully deserved, for it has been placed upon the stage, as regards scenery, in magnificent style. Independent of its scenic beauties, the dancing is a most attractive feature. Mr. Frank Lacy, the London Harlequin, was prevented from appearing the past week in consequence of injuries received on Saturday evening, March 21st. While taking his leaps he fell and injured some of the muscles of his back. He appeared on the 23d, but labored under great pain, and did not appear after that night. His part was played at very short notice by Mr. Wallace.”