Theatre Comique

Event Information

Theatre Comique [514 Broadway]

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 September 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

26 Apr 1869, Evening
27 Apr 1869, Evening
28 Apr 1869, Evening
29 Apr 1869, Evening
30 Apr 1869, Evening
01 May 1869, Evening
01 May 1869, 2:00 PM

Program Details

Pluto is “reconstructed” and features “twelve new songs,” including “Riding on a velocipede.” Also included an unidentified comedietta performed by Boniface.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New York Clipper, 10 April 1869, 6.

Mr. W. H. Lingard commences with a new burlesque organization at the Theatre Comique on the 26th inst. J. C. Williamson, O. S. Fawcett, Mrs. G. C. Boniface, Emily Dunning (first appearance in America), and others, will appear. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Paul and Edward Righton are announced for an early appearance.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 April 1869.

“RECONSTRUCTED. TWELVE NEW SONGS…Mr. Lingard will assume the part of PLUTO in the absence of Mr. Williamson for six nights only.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 26 April 1869, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 26 April 1869, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 27 April 1869, 9.

Pluto,’ as reconstructed by the versatile Lingard, was performed last night at the above popular house of entertainment to a densely packed but highly delighted audience. The gorgeous manner in which this sprightly burlesque is put upon the stage evidences the exceedingly good taste and almost prodigal liberality of the management. The costumes of the principal performers were rich... [Description of some of the costumes, including Alice Dunning’s.] The dialogue was brisk and well pointed, the arrangement of the music excellent, and altogether Mr. Lingard’s ‘reconstruction’ is a decided success. The new song, ‘Riding on a Velocipede,’ proved a tremendous hit, and the sprightly manner in which it was rendered by Miss Alice Dunning and Miss Dickie Lingard, elicited enthusiastic applause and tumultuous encores from the critics in the gallery.’

Review: New-York Times, 28 April 1869, 7.

“The popularity of burlesque endures. Excellent evidence of its vitality is afforded at the Theatre Comique, where ‘Pluto,’ a fair specimen of the order of plays made endurable by fresh faces, bright dresses and picturesque scenery, will soon reach its one hundredth representation. Monday witnessed a partial rejuvenation of the work, and an addition to the members of the company. New pictures were substituted for old ones, and new songs and dances were given. The subject-matter of the burlesque, of course, was unchanged, and so was, apparently, the amusement its performance afforded. Previous to the burlesque…a pleasant comedietta enacted by Mr. G.C. Boniface and a dramatic company, may be enjoyed each evening.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 01 May 1869, 30, bottom, 3d col.