New York Theatre

Event Information

New-York Theatre (1866-69)

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
30 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

18 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM
19 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM
20 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM
21 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM
22 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM
23 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

New York debut of Lady Don. "Mr. Williams" further unidentified (may be Barney Williams). "Meet me by moonlight," Home, sweet home," and "Cherry ripe" performed as part of Peggy Green. "Garter song" and Goodbye, sweetheart, good bye" performed as part of Kenilworth.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Selby
Participants:  Mark Smith (role: Queen Bess);  William Gomersal (role: Nicholas);  Thomas James [actor Olympic Theatre] Hind (role: Mr. Tippins);  Marie Wilkins (role: Mrs. Clover);  Lewis Baker [mgr-actor] (role: Mr. Roverly);  Lady Don (role: Peggy Green)
Composer(s): Wade
Text Author: Wade
aka Home sweet home
Composer(s): Bishop
Text Author: Payne
Composer(s): Horn [composer]
Participants:  Lady Don
aka Kenilworth; or, Ye queen, ye earl, and ye maiden; Kenilworth; Ye queene, ye earle, and ye maydenne; Ye queen, ye earl, and ye maiden
Text Author: Halliday, Lawrance
Participants:  William Gomersal (role: Varney);  Mrs. William Gomersal (role: Amy Robsart);  Mr. Newton [actor] (role: Giles Gosling);  James C. Dunn [actor] (role: Tressilian);  Lewis Baker [mgr-actor] (role: Wayland Smith);  Mrs. Humphrey Bland (role: Janet);  Mrs. Yeamans (role: Duke of Sussex);  Barney Williams (role: Michael Lambourne);  Lady Don (role: Earl of Leicester);  Mark Smith (role: Queen Elizabeth);  Saidee A. Cole (role: Sir Walter Raleigh);  Harry Chapman (role: Tony Forster)
Composer(s): Hatton
Text Author: Williams
Participants:  Lady Don


Announcement: New York Clipper, 09 February 1867, 350, 2d col., top .

Arrival of Lady Don on the California steamer.

Article: New York Clipper, 16 February 1867, 358, 3d col., middle.

Reprint of an article from the London Times regarding Lady Don.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 February 1867.
Announcement: New-York Times, 18 February 1867, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 18 February 1867, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 19 February 1867, 7.

“The announcement that Lady Don, a soubreux and burlesque actress of trans-Atlantic fame, would make her debut last evening before a New York audience, had the effect of crowding the house in every part with an audience of respectability and keen critical taste.”

Review: New-York Times, 19 February 1867, 5.

“ …She [Lady Don] dresses splendidly, but does not swagger; sings often and well without throwing herself into the arms of the parquette.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 20 February 1867.

No mention of music.

Review: New York Clipper, 02 March 1867, 374, 2d col., top.

...“The first piece was given now only for the purpose of giving the lady [Lady Don] an opportunity to display her vocal abilities, as she sang ‘Meet Me by Moonlight,’ ‘Home, Sweet Home’ and ‘Cherry Ripe,’ all of which were beautifully rendered and heartily encored…Lady Don is accorded remarkable natural grace, and rare cultivation; intellectuality, and ladylike refinement; a clear and musical voice, with exquisitely pure and beautiful enunciation and intonation…Mrs. Gomersall looked, acted and sang charmingly as Amy. This lady is a great favorite in this city, and her vocalization is always hailed with great applause. A little incident occurred the first night of the piece that probably very few noticed. Mrs. Gomersall was encored for her singing, and instead of repeating the song, gracefully bowed and retired. This is such a rare occurrence that we cannot let the opportunity pass without mentioning it. It is seldom that a lady in any theatre will sacrifice her own little ‘recep’ for the interest of a sister artist. Mrs. Gomersall acknowledged Lady Don as the star of the evening and generously refused to do anything to create a jealous feeling…”