After Dark

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 January 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
22 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
23 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
24 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
25 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
26 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Scenes of life in London
Text Author: Boucicault


Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 December 1868.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 December 1868.

“Notice to managers, actors, agents, and others—The United States Circuit Court having decided the Railroad Scene in After Dark is an infringement of my copyright in Under the Gaslight, all persons are warned against performing the said scene in After Dark under penalty of the law as fixed by act of Congress.  Permission to perform it must be obtained from me.  Messrs Jarrett and Palmer, of Niblo’s Garden, having settled my claims have my permission to perform it at Niblo’s.  The injunction obtained by me is in full force in all parts of the United States.”  Augustin Daly.  New York, December 19, 1868.

Announcement: New York Herald, 21 December 1868, 6.

The railroad scene in After Dark “continues to thrill the admirers of terrible events.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 December 1868, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 22 December 1868, 7.

After Dark does not have much merit as a drama, but it is put well upon the stage.  The railroad scene is sensational to perfection.  Crowded houses continue.

Review: New York Post, 22 December 1868, [2].

No mention of music.

Review: New York Herald, 23 December 1868, 10.

The scenes in After Dark are true to the original London production.  Some of the actors are quite good.  At the termination of the first act, a new curtain representing the Goddess of Liberty, painted by Richard Marston, was seen and applauded.

Review: New York Herald, 24 December 1868, 3.

The piece includes starvation, suicide, and railway accidents.

Announcement: New-York Times, 24 December 1868, 5.

Mr. Marston’s new drop-curtain now in use.

Review: New York Herald, 25 December 1868, 8.

“At Niblo’s Garden noses of the most purple hue, cheeks blanched and eyes bedimmed with tears crowded nearly every available part of this spacious building yesterday evening.”  “After Dark” was received well and thought to represent London truthfully.

Review: New York Herald, 27 December 1868.

The evening performance was well attended.

Article: New York Clipper, 02 January 1869, 310, 3d col., top.

Description of Marston’s new drop curtain.