Hermance, the Child of Fortune

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Price: $.75; $1 reserved; $1.50 orchestra chairs & private dress circle boxes; $.50 family circle; $8-10 private boxes.

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
5 February 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Apr 1866, Evening
10 Apr 1866, Evening

Program Details

New York premiere; translated to English from the original French of Marguerite Ancelot.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Hermance, the child of fortune
Text Author: Ancelot
Participants:  Maggie Mitchell


Advertisement: New-York Times, 09 April 1866, 7.

     “Monday evening, April 9, 1866, will be presented a new five act play of absorbing interest, translated from the German expressly for Miss Mitchell and now produced for the first time in this city, entitled hermance, the child of fortune.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 14 April 1866, 6.

     “Should the ‘Child of Fortune’ prove a child of fortune at Niblo’s, we shall then probably learn who is the real author of the bantling. At present it is fathered by a dozen.”

Review: New York Clipper, 21 April 1866, 14.

     No mention of music. Hermance “fell like a wet blanket upon the audience the first night. It was also performed on the 10th, without receiving any applause whatever. The management very wisely withdrew it on the 11th, and ‘Fanchon’ was substituted.”