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:
4 February 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
03 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM

Program Details

Beethoven’s Coriolanus overture is performed at the Philharmonic rehearsal at the Academy of Music on Saturday, November 7, 1863.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Shakespeare
aka Coriolan overture; Coriolanus overture; Overture to Collin's Coriolan
Composer(s): Beethoven


Advertisement: New York Herald, 02 November 1863.

Review: New York Herald, 03 November 1863, 7.


“Mr. Wheatley, who was celebrated for his revival of ‘King John’ at the Bowery some years ago, has gained new laurels by his revival of ‘Coriolanus’ last evening. Since this liberal and enterprising manager took charge of Niblo’s we have seldom had occasion to say anything but words of praise in regard to this theatre. The scenery has always been new and handsomely painted, the appointments costly and appropriate, and the management of the accessories and supernumeraries all that could be desired. Last evening, however, Manager Wheatley outdid himself. From the beginning to the end of the play every scene was new, and every scene demanded and received renewed admiration. Mr. Selwyn certainly carried off the honors. His composition as well as his coloring of some of the stage pictures presented last evening require more space than we can spare this morning to do them adequate justice. Nor were the details of the stage management wanting. The costumes were very handsome and very classical, and the mobs, soldiers, crowds and other necessary evils of historical dramas were arranged and directed with great skill by Mr. Vincent. The cast of the play was exceedingly strong. It included Mr. Edwin Forrest, Mr. McCullough, Mr. Burnett, Mr. Nunan, Mr. Mordaunt, Mr. Martin, Mr. Shewell, Mr. Collier, Madame Ponisi, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Skerrett, and a host of others. It is seldom that we find so many fine actors at one theatre and in one play. This is the first time Mr. Forrest has played Coriolanus since his engagement at the old Broadway theatre. It is a part in which he appears to the greatest possible advantage – more, even, than in Virginius. Upon another occasion we shall comment more particularly upon Mr. Forrest’s rendering of this character and upon the other characters in the drama. Now we can only deal in glittering generalities, and say that this, the first of Mr. Wheatley’s Shakesperian revivals, is a decided success. It will be repeated tonight. To-morrow evening Miss Heron plays Edith.”

Review: New-York Times, 03 November 1863, 4.

No mention of the music.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 November 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 07 November 1863, 238.

“[W]ith a strong and efficient chorus.”