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Purdy's New National


Chatham Street (Roosevelt & James), New York, NY

Born of the demand for escapist entertainment during the depression and Panic of 1837, the Chatham Theatre offered low-priced entertainments to neighborhood audiences. Manager A. H. Purdy guided it through its most successful years, from 1850 to 1857, renaming it Purdy's New National Theatre. Later, the Panic of 1857 changed Purdy's fortunes, and he handed off the theatre to a series of managers, none of whom could slow the theatre's descent into obscurity.

Built: 1837   

Theatre Names Named
Purdy's New National 1850     aka Purdy's National
National Theatre 1850     
Chatham Theatre 1837     
ProductionsProduction Dates
The French Spy
Play, Original
1859 - Closing date unknown
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Play, Original
Aug 23, 1852 - Closing date unknown
National Theatre
The Magic Deer
Musical, Original
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Mar 08, 1852 - Mar 12, 1852
Chatham Theatre
New York As It Is
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Written by B.A. Baker
Apr 17, 1848 - Jul 25, 1848
The Enchantress
Musical, Original, Drama, Opera
Music by Mr. Cunningham; Libretto by Alfred Bunn
May 26, 1846 - Jun 06, 1846
Norman Leslie
Musical, Original
Dec 05, 1842 - Dec 05, 1842