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Purdy's New National

Chatham Street (Roosevelt & James), New York, NY
Built
1837

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Previously
known as
Previously known as
National Theatre
Chatham Theatre
Description
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.

LIST OF PRODUCTIONS

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