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John Street Theatre

15-21 John St., New York, NY

David Douglass' third theatre, modeled after his Southwark in Philadelphia. Presented Douglass' American Company of Comedians. During the British occupation, it was taken over by the military for amateur theatricals and renamed the Theatre Royal. Later, reverted back to its original name. When the American Company moved into a new theatre, it was closed. Grant Thorburn's Feed Store next door welcomed the additional space.

Built: 1767     Demolished: 1797

Theatre Names Named
John Street Theatre 1777     
Theatre Royal 1775     
John Street Theatre 1767     

Productions Production Dates
Edwin and Angelina
Musical, Original, Drama, Opera
Music by Victor Pelissier; Libretto by Elihu Hubbard Smith; Lyrics by Oliver Goldsmith
Dec 19, 1796 - Dec 19, 1796
The Sicilian Romance / Roman Father / Devil Upon Two Sticks
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Willliam Reeve; Libretto by Henry Siddons
Apr 27, 1796 - Closing date unknown
Tammany / The Agreeable Surprise
Musical, Original, Opera, One Act, Spectacle
Mar 03, 1794 - Apr 11, 1794
Needs Must
Musical, Original
Dec 26, 1793 - Closing date unknown
Notoriety / The Agreeable Suprise
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera, One Act
Music by Samuel Arnold; Libretto by John O'Keeffe
Nov 29, 1793 - Nov 29, 1793

John Street Theatre Production Dates
The Archers
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Benjamin Carr; Libretto by William Dunlap
Apr 18, 1796 - Apr 22, 1796
The Winter's Tale
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 01, 1795 - Closing date unknown
Julius Caesar
Play, Original, Tragedy
Mar 14, 1794 - Closing date unknown
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 05, 1789 - Closing date unknown
The Father
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by William Dunlap
Sep 07, 1789 - Closing date unknown
May Day in Town
Musical, Original, Operetta
Book by Royall Tyler; Lyrics by Royall Tyler
May 19, 1787 - May 19, 1787
The Contrast
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Royall Tyler
Apr 16, 1787 - May 12, 1787
Much Ado About Nothing
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 19, 1787 - Closing date unknown
As You Like It
Play, Original, Comedy
Jul 14, 1786 - Closing date unknown
The Critic
Play, Original
Jul 10, 1786 - Closing date unknown
The School for Scandal
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 12, 1785 - Closing date unknown
The Rivals
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 21, 1778 - Closing date unknown
She Stoops to Conquer
Play, Original
Written by Oliver Goldsmith
Mar 15, 1773 - Closing date unknown
King John
Play, Original, History
Jan 09, 1769 - Closing date unknown
Play, Original, Tragedy
May 03, 1768 - Closing date unknown
King Henry IV, Part I
Play, Revival, History
Feb 25, 1768 - Closing date unknown
The Merchant of Venice
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 28, 1768 - Closing date unknown
The Taming of the Shrew
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 08, 1768 - Closing date unknown
Play, Original, Romance
Dec 28, 1767 - Closing date unknown