Duke’s Motto

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 April 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
23 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
24 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
25 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
26 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM
27 Jun 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

John Brougham: The Duke’s Motto includes “Wine, bright wine” (song) and
“While there’s life there’s hope” (song).

William Wheatley, actor and lessee & mngr

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka I am all here to-night
Text Author: Brougham
Composer(s): Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor]
Composer(s): Dodworth
Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor]


Advertisement: New-York Times, 22 June 1863, 7.
“ORIGINAL MUSIC, under H.B. Dodworth’s direction.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 June 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 June 1863.

“[C]ontinues to draw crowded houses.”

Announcement: New York Post, 22 June 1863, 2.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 June 1863, 7.
AD concerning copyright of the play by Collins.  “Any infringement of Mr. Collins’ rights in ‘The Duke’s Motto’ by managers or actors will be immediately prosecuted.  WILLIAM COLLINS, Agent.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 27 June 1863, 88.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 June 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 June 1863, 12.

Again with 2nd ad concerning copyright.

Review: New-York Times, 29 June 1863, 1.
“The stirring and excellent drama of the ‘Duke’s Motto’ continues to attract overwhelming houses.”
Review: New York Clipper, 04 July 1863, 91.
“Niblo’s Garden flourishes beautifully with the ‘Duke’s Motto,’ and ‘I am here’ draws people there in vast numbers.  Four weeks have elapsed since it was first produced here by Messrs. Wheatley and Collins, and the desire to see it is as great as ever.  It is the success of the season, attracting people from all quarters, drawing off the patrons of other theatres, and compelling one or two houses to close altogether.  Mr. Wheatley has so far managed Niblo’s in masterly style; it was a frightful rent for any man to tackle—twenty-six thousand dollars a year, we believe—but with an enterprise worthy a New Yorker, the ‘provincialist,’ Wheatley, took hold of the place, and has run the machine with success, from the word ‘go.’  He has played some of the brightest starts in the profession, and given us some of the most attractive plays of the season.  As at present conducted, Mr. Wheatley is the right man at Niblo’s.”