January 8, 1849 (Monday)

In the Counting House all day.

For the accommodation of a friend went to the Walnut St. Theatre this evening.  Performance very poor. Saw Miss Julia Daly, Mrs. Vandevier, in Norristown, who was unfortunate enough to marry another lady’s husband.

The John Haviland designed Walnut Street Theatre has been on the corner of Walnut and 9th Streets since 1809 and is now America’s oldest theater.  When the dome was added a couple of years after the theater opened, it was the tallest structure in Philadelphia. Nathan Beekley will spend many evenings in this locale.

On the bill that night was Court and City, a five-act comedy by Richard Brinsley Peake (1792–1847) and An Irish Engagement, a one-act farce by William Watts.

Walnut Street Theatre January 8, 1849

from the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 8, 1849, page 3, col. 6.

  • Plays in the AAS collection by Richard Brinsley Peake
  • Plays in the AAS collection by William Watts
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