Waverley Theatre

Event Information

Waverley Theatre

Manager / Director:
Thomas E. [actor/mgr.] Morris

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
23 November 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Jun 1869, Evening
18 Jun 1869, Evening
19 Jun 1869, Evening
19 Jun 1869, 2:00 PM

Program Details

An unidentified farce preceded Paris at each performance. Farewell appearance of Elise Holt. First appearances of Belle Hewitt and Georgia Dickson. The citations of 06/14/69 herald the first appearance of English actress L. H. Weathersby, but advertisements on the actual performance days fail to mention her.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Raitray
Participants:  Elise [vocalist] Holt;  L. H. [actress] Weathersby (role: Mercury)
aka Gentle lark; Lo! Here the gentle lark
Composer(s): Bishop
Participants:  Belle [actress] Hewitt
aka Jenny Lind; Jenny Lind at last; Swedish nightingale; Jenny Leatherlungs
Text Author: Reach
Participants:  Georgie [actress] Dickson (role: Jenny Leatherlungs)


Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 June 1869, 7.

“COOLEST AND BEST VENTILATED PLACE of amusement in the City. This establishment will reopen THURSDAY, June 17. The Manager takes pleasure in announcing an engagement, for a limited period, with Elise Holt and her new troupe, who will appear in the burlesque of Paris; or, the Judgement. First appearance in this City of the charming actress Miss L.H. Weathersbee, from the London theatres, who will assume the role of Mercury. The Rigl Sisters, Betty and Emily, every night. Particulars in future.”

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 14 June 1869, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 17 June 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 17 June 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 19 June 1869, 86.

“Miss Weathersby, who arrived in this country from England a few weeks ago under engagement to the Elise Holt Troupe, and who appeared with them in Philadelphia, is announced to appear at two theatres in this city this week. First, she is announced under engagement to the Lydia Thompson Troupe, to appear as Hafiz in ‘Sinbad the Sailor,’ lately played by Maggie Desmond, and to open with Elise Holt at the Waverly as Mercury in ‘Paris.’ There appears to be a demand for the lady.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 19 June 1869, 86.

For Elise Holt, specifically.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 19 June 1869, 86.
Review: New York Herald, 20 June 1869, 7.

Mostly a summation of where the Elise Holt Troupe plans to travel next. No mention of music.

Review: New York Clipper, 26 June 1869, 94.

"The cast opened “the burlesque of ‘Paris,’ which was preceded by a farce each evening. The attendance was fair. Had Miss Dickson been in proper form to have played her part, she would no doubt have done much better than she did as Jenny Leatherlungs and in the burlesque. Belle Hewitt sang ‘Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark’ exceedingly well, and deserved an encore.”