Duke's Motto

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Mr. Ronzani

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
22 October 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
07 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
08 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
09 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
10 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
11 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

John Brougham: The duke’s motto (drama)
Includes the songs: “Wine, bright wine” (Collins)
“While there’s life there’s hope” (Collins)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka I am all here to-night
Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  Niblo's Garden, corps de ballet;  John Collins [actor] (role: Carrickfergus)
Composer(s): Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor]
Composer(s): Dodworth
Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  John Collins [actor]


Announcement: New York Herald, 06 July 1863, 3.
“Niblo’s Garden [is] a most delightful summer theatre.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 July 1863, 11.
“Original Music . . . Grand Corps de Ballet.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 July 1863, 11.
“MR. THOMAS E. MORRIS, COMEDIAN, Desires to give notice to the public and particularly to direct the attention of all managers of theatres and actors, to the fact that he has the sole copyright in the United States of the “Duke’s Motto,” written by John Brougham, Esq., and hereby warns all persons against printing, publishing, acting or performing the piece, without first obtaining his express aauthority. Mr. Morris would also give notice that John Collins, Esq., the Irish Comedian, has, by negotiation, procured the [illeg.] privilege and right to the production of the above piece in America for the present, and as long as it shall be mutually advantageous, which copyright and privilege will be protected by Mr. Morris in every way afforded by the law. THOMAS E MORRIS by his attorneys, Fine & Chittenden, 14 and 16 Wall street.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 July 1863, 7.
“Sixth Week . . . With the most complete Grand Corps De Ballet In The Country.”
Announcement: New York Post, 06 July 1863, 2.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 11 July 1863, 99.
“The attraction at Niblo’s Garden continues to be ‘The Duke’s Motto’ and Mr. Collins. 
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 11 July 1863, 102.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 July 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 July 1863, 7.

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 13 July 1863, 5.
“[T]he sweeping success of ‘The Duke’s Motto’ carries it triumphantly along from week to week, and threatens to propel it into the heart of the Fall season. . . . It is quite clear that the performance of the one or two principal parts in ‘The Duke’s Motto’ has vastly changed since the opening nights; and that the stiff formality of by-gone dramatic ages has gradually taken the place of the natural and easy freedom which constituted the charm of the early representations.”
Review: New York Clipper, 18 July 1863, 107.
“[A]ttendance throughout the past week has been most excellent.”