Event Information

French Theatre

Price: $1.50 orchestra stall; $1; $.30 family circle; $6, $8 loge, four seats; $12 loge d’avant scéne

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
14 December 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Jun 1869, Evening

Program Details

Originally scheduled to take place at the French Theatre on Wednesday (06/23/69). Unclear why the date and venue were changed. The New York Times review of 06/26/69 states that members of the Grau and French Opera troupes participated in the performance.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Sardou
Participants:  Bateman French Opera Company;  French Opera Company;  Marie [soprano] Tholer (role: Yvonne);  Paul Juignet (role: Chapelard);  Julian [Théâtre Français] Rousseau (role: Le Baron de Rosanges);  Monsieur [actor] Francis (role: Sulpice);  [tenor] Guidon (role: Robert)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 June 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 18 June 1869, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 18 June 1869, 7.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 18 June 1869.

Full cast list.

Announcement: New York Herald, 22 June 1869, 7.

No mention of music.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 June 1869, 5.

“The French Theater will be reopened next Wednesday, it is announced, for a single performance of Sardon’s ‘Seraphine’—in the original French—by a company including [lists several actors]. An English adaptation of ‘Seraphine,’ made by Boucicault [sic], has been acted in London.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 24 June 1869, 7.

No mention of music.

Announcement: New-York Times, 24 June 1869, 4.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 25 June 1869, 2.

“Sardon’s ‘Seraphine,’ which was to have been acted at the French Theater, will be brought out at the Academy of Music. Friday evening is to witness its representation.” Short note about the actors involved.

Review: New-York Times, 26 June 1869, 4.

“One of the eccentricities of French character, and particularly of theatrical French character, was last evening exhibited by a number of ladies and gentlemen lately belonging to the troupes of Mr. Grau and Mr. Fisk, who produced ‘for one night only’ Sardou’s excellent comedy ‘Séraphine’…Why an elaborate and difficult play should thus have been carefully prepared, rehearsed and put upon the stage—above all the stage of the Academy of Music—with no purpose beyond that of a single representation, it passes our power to explain. Whatever the object, the performance was not without a certain success. The audience was fair in numbers…” Continues mostly positively; no mention of music.