Theatre Comique

Event Information

Theatre Comique [1867- : 514 Broadway]

Manager / Director:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
19 September 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Feb 1870, 7:45 PM
22 Feb 1870, 2:00 PM
22 Feb 1870, 7:45 PM
23 Feb 1870, 2:30 PM
23 Feb 1870, 7:45 PM
24 Feb 1870, 7:45 PM
25 Feb 1870, 7:45 PM
26 Feb 1870, 2:30 PM
26 Feb 1870, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Special matinee for Washington’s birthday.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Unknown playwright
Participants:  Add Ryman (role: Hamlet);  Johnny Hart (role: Ophelia)
aka I'm Captain Jinks of the horse marines
Composer(s): Lingard
aka Clog reel
aka Favorite ballads ; Ballads and warblings; Beautiful ballads
Participants:  Agnes Sutherland


Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 February 1870, 2.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 26 February 1870, 374.
Review: New York Clipper, 05 March 1870, 382.

“Mr. Butler gave one of the best variety entertainments at the Theatre Comique the past week we have witnessed in a long time. From beginning to the close the programme was filled with excellent acts well played. For a negro sketch the burlesque of “Hamlet” is the best thing of its kind we have ever seen attempted in a variety or minstrel hall, and we never saw a more laughable and more meritorious performance by any person in cork than was Add Ryman’s Hamlet. The affair is not a mere rough sketch, but several scenes and most of the leading situations are excellently worked up. Mr. Ryman has a lengthy part, which requires considerable study, and he has given it every attention and acts it very well. Johnny Hart was very laughable as Ophelia, and afterwards as the Gravedigger. Le Petite Corinne sang in military costume ‘Captain Jinks’ and other songs very well, and was called out four times. Billy Ashcroft, lately arrived from California, did a good clog dance. He keeps good time and did good execution. Ida and Emma Ross, old favorites of ‘444’ when Butler was there, reappeared on the stage after a lengthy retirement, and did a tambour major jig very well. Jennie Kimball was favorably received in her burlesque character songs. The ballet, led by Venturoli and Augusta, was good, but Mons. Grossi should see that the ladies all wear slippers exactly alike, while in every other respect they are dressed uniformly. Some three or four have different slippers, some spangled, and some striped with silver lace, while the majority wear plain satin slippers. James Collins, late of Woods Museum, an Irish comic singer, appeared the past week. The Clodoche Troupe appeared in their French quadrille and in the pantomime. Agnes Sutherland, who has been off the stage in this city for a long time, re-appeared in a number of ballads. She received three encores. She possesses a sweet voice, has a distinct articulation and is a favorite.”