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Theatre Comique (Boston)

Theatre Comique (1865–1869) of Boston, Massachusetts, was located at no. 240 Washington Street.[1][2] Personnel included Jason Wentworth,[3] William H. Crisp, James S. Maffitt,[4] George Maffitt,[5] B.F. Lowell, Wm. H. Daly, orchestra leader Aug. Muller, and maitre de ballet Signor Constantine.[6] Among the performances: slack rope and acrobatics by Martini Chiriski and the Levantine Brothers;[7] Mlle. Augusta, danseuse;[8] "Aladdin" with Kate Pennoyer and W.H. Bartholomew; dancing by Betty Regl; Snow Brothers (William and Benjamin Snow); Morlacchi Ballet Troupe; Wilson Brothers (Louis and George Wilson); Ada Harland; and Jarrett & Palmer's "Forty Thieves."[6] It occupied the building formerly known as Andrews Hall, Barnum's Aquarial Gardens, and the Boston Aquarial and Zoological Gardens.[9][10] In 1869 the theatre was renamed the "Adelphi Theatre."[9][11]



  1. ^ Boston Almanac. 1867
  2. ^ A guide to Boston and vicinity : a complete hand-book, directing the stranger how to find its public buildings, hotels, depots, places of amusement, horse cars, churches, benevolent and religious institutions, newspaper and telegraph offices, cemeteries, etc. ; with a map of the city and numerous fine steel illustrations; also, a guide to the principal first-class stores in the various lines of trade. Boston. 1867.
  3. ^ Boston Evening Transcript, Oct. 27, 1865
  4. ^ Michael Bennett Leavitt (1912), Fifty years in the theatrical management, New York: Broadway Pub. Co.
  5. ^ Stagehand George Maffitt fell from the rafters to his death during a performance. (Pomeroy's Democrat (Chicago), Jan. 6, 1869)
  6. ^ a b American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1
  7. ^ New York Herald, Nov. 5, 1865
  8. ^ Pomeroy's Democrat (Chicago), Jan. 6, 1869
  9. ^ a b King, Donald C. (2005), The theatres of Boston, Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co., ISBN 0-7864-1910-5, 0786419105
  10. ^ Boston Athenaeum. "Theater History: Theatre Comique, 240 Washington Street". Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  11. ^ "John Stetson". The Opera Glass. Boston. 3 (6). 1896.

Coordinates: 42°21′17″N 71°3′37″W / 42.35472°N 71.06028°W / 42.35472; -71.06028