Philadelphia: Brown's Steam-Power Job and Book Printing Office for Wheatley's Arch Street Theatre, 1857. Paper broadside, printed in black, 9.5 x 19 inches. Creased, light spotting, occasional small chips, not affecting text. Archivally matted and framed, framed piece measures 13 x 23 inches.
Broadside for the March 2, 1857 debut of Shakespeare's Henry IV at Wheatley's Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia. The elaborate production features “entirely New and Gorgeous Scenery, New and Splendid Costumes, Armor, Banners, Weapons and Insignia of Royalty, All taken from the most reliable authorities, and now presented at AN IMMENSE COST. . . . Alarms! Grand Battle! Single combat!" Henry IV shares the bill with a “Laughable Farce" entitled Object of Interest, and a footnote indicates separate ticket prices and seating options for “Colored Persons." A fascinating piece.