Olympic Theatre

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Thomas Baker

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
31 August 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 Nov 1864, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Balfe: Rose of Castile, The
Includes the song: “The laughing trio” (Wood, Meyers, Ringold)
Ballad, unidentified (Meyers)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Rose of Castile, The
Composer(s): Balfe
Text Author: Harris, Falconer
Participants:  B. T. Ringgold;  Louisa Myers;  Mrs. John Wood (role: Elvira, Jacinta, and the Queen of the Marcians )
Composer(s): Unknown composer


Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 November 1864, 7.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 November 1864, 7.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 05 November 1864, 239.

Review: New-York Times, 08 November 1864, 2.
“The ‘Rose of Castille,’ the latest novelty at the Olympic, has been received by marked favor by Mrs. John Wood’s patrons, and is evidently destined to take a permanent place in the repertoire of the establishment. It is a bright trifle, neatly extracted from Balfe’s opera, with a pleasant fringe of melody, a good deal of charming scenery, and no end of brilliant dresses.  Lightness and variety being the order of the day at the Olympic, we can conceive of no more agreeable addition to the stock than this dazzling little episode of Spanish romance. The libretto of the opera is in itself good. Nothing has been added to it in the present version, except a better flow of dialogue . . . . Mrs. John Wood appears in three dresses, each rivaling the other in elegance.  She is alternately the dainty peasant girl Jacinta, and the resplendent Queen of the Marcians.  Nothing can exceed her coquetry in the first phase of the character, except her dignity in the second. Regarded as a whole, the performance is piquant and picturesque—precisely the kind of performance that the habitués of the Olympic expect and require. The general cast of the piece is also good. . . .Mr. Ringold, as Don Manuel, was acceptable, but he was also uneasy and occasionally demonstrative. . . .
Mr. Thomas Baker has arranged the incidental music with decided skill.  It is taken from the opera, and forms one of the most agreeable features of the play.  The laughing trio, (sung by Mrs. John Wood and Miss Louisa Meyers, with a feeble cacchination by Mr. Ringold,) was encored; also a silly ballad by Miss Myers.”