Abbey's New Park Theatre / NYC

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Park Theatre(NYC) – 21-5 Park Row – first important theatre in the U.S. and known as “the Old Drury of America,” it was built in 1798 to replace the John Street Theatre and was New York's only playhouse for 25 years.


As You Like It, 1786;
Female Patriotism or Death of Joan d'Arc, 1798;
Hunchback; Andre, 1798, (3 performances);
She Would Be Soldier or The Plains of Chippewa, 1819;
Brutus or Fall of Tarquin, 1819;
Tale of the Neutral Ground, 1822;
Widow's Son or Which is the Traitor, 1825;
Midsummer Night's Dream, 1826;
Gladiator 1831, Lion of the West, 1831;
Hamlet 1832;
People's Lawyer, 1842, (1 performance);
Fashion or Life in New York, 1845, (20 performances);
Metamora or The Last of the Wampanoags. 1829;
Bianca Visconti or The Heart Overtasked, 1837;
In 1841 London Assurance ran for 3 weeks;
Colonel Sellers, 1874, (119 performances);
Mighty Dollar 1875, (104 performances);
Our Boarding House, 1877 (104 performances);
Divorcons, 1882

Destroyed by fire in 1820, it reopened in 1821 as The New Park Theatre, It was expanded to 2600 seats in 1874 and in 1876 the name was changed to Abbey’s New Park Theatre. It burned down in 1882 and was demolished.

A 2nd Park Theatre: the first professional playhouse built in Brooklyn became known as the "Park Theatre" from 1863 – 1876 when it became burlesque. It burnt down 1908 and not rebuilt.
(A third "Park": from 1889 to 1894 the Herald Square Theatre was also known as "Park Theatre.")