Arrah na Pogue

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
Henry C. Jarrett
Henry Palmer

Manager / Director:
Henry C. Jarrett
Henry Palmer

Giuseppe Operti

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
7 March 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 Aug 1869, Evening
03 Aug 1869, Evening
04 Aug 1869, Evening
05 Aug 1869, Evening
06 Aug 1869, Evening
07 Aug 1869, Evening

Program Details

Charles Wheatley was originally engaged to play the role of Shaun the Post (for controversy surrounding the cast change, see the New York Clipper announcement of 07/31/69).

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Wicklow wedding; Arrah na pogue; Arrah of the kiss
Participants:  Dan Bryant (role: Shaun the Post);  Rose Eytinge (role: Arrah na Pogue);  Josephine [actress] Fiddes (role: Fanny Power);  Dominick [actor, playwright] Murray (role: Michael Feeny)
aka Wearing of the green
Participants:  Dan Bryant
aka Wild Irish jig
Participants:  Dan Bryant


Announcement: New York Herald, 15 July 1869, 7.

“Preparations are being made upon a grand scale at Niblo’s for the production of Boucicault’s well known drama of ‘Arrah na Pogue,’ which [illeg.] to be brought out at that house on the 2d of August. The principal characters in the cast will be distributed as follows:—Michael Feeney (the informer), Mr. Dominick Murray; Shaun the Poet, Mr. Charles Wheatleigh; Arrah Meelish, Miss Rose Eytinge; and Fairy Poner, Miss Josephine Fiddes.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 July 1869, 7.

“SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. The managers beg leave to announce an engagement with the celebrated Irish comedian, DAN BRYANT, who will make his first appearance at this theatre in the part of SHAUN THE POST, in the great drama of ARRAH NA POGUE.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 25 July 1869, 5.

“Dan Bryant, after washing the burnt cork off his face to-night will not besmear it again until after he makes his next appearance before his old friends, the New York public, at Niblo’s Garden, where he makes his bow with a white face on the 2d of August as Shaun the Post in Boucicault’s drama of ‘Arrah na Pogue.’”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 31 July 1869, 134.

“Dan Bryant will play Shaun the Post in ‘Arragh Na-Pogue,’ at Niblo’s Garden, commencing on August 2. This will, no doubt, surprise many, as we had announced Charles Wheatleigh as having been expressly engaged for that role. So he was, and articles signed, and he was to receive quite a good salary for it. But Mr. Palmer, taking a business view of the affair, came to the conclusion that if he could secure Dan Bryant for the role it would strengthen the cast and greatly add to the popularity of the piece. Satisfactory arrangements were soon completed, with Mr. Bryant, and he has accepted the part. To this Mr. Wheatleigh objects, but Mr. Palmer offered to compromise the affair by paying him a certain amount, which we are told he refused to agree to; so, as the matter stands now, Dan Bryant will play Shaun and Mr. Wheatleigh will receive his stated salary.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 31 July 1869, 5.

Announces Arrah na Pogue. “Rehearsals of the piece are an every day [sic] occurrence, and there is every reason to suppose that the timely revival of the drama will prove a great attraction.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 01 August 1869, 4.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 02 August 1869.

Includes complete cast listing.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 02 August 1869, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 03 August 1869, 7.

Unplanned explosion during the first act; no injuries. No mention of music.

Review: New York Post, 03 August 1869, 4.

No mention of music.

Review: New-York Times, 03 August 1869, 4.

No mention of music.

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 03 August 1869, 8.

Performance interrupted by a startling gas explosion under the Crosby St. lobby; no mention of music. 

Announcement: New York Clipper, 07 August 1869, 142, 3d col., top.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 07 August 1869, 142, 3d col., middle.

“Sig. Oporti [Operti], late musical director at the Tammany, has been engaged at Niblo’s Garden for the season, where he opens this evening.”

Review: New York Herald, 09 August 1869, 4.

No mention of music.

Review: New-York Times, 09 August 1869, 5.

“Mr. W. C. Levey’s incidental music, under the direction of Mr. Operti, is excellently played. Apropos of the music, Mr. Bryant should persuade himself to omit “The Wearing of the Green.” The song has lost it freshness, and he mistakes the melody. Moreover, he dances so much better than he sings that the double display is unnecessary.”

Review: New York Clipper, 14 August 1869, 150, 2d col., top.

No mention of music.