Playbill featuring one of the last American performances of the acclaimed 19th century Shakespearean actor, John Vandenhoff

Playbill featuring one of the last American performances of the acclaimed 19th century Shakespearean actor, John Vandenhoff

Boston: Eastburn’s Press, 1841. Unbound. This playbill broadside measures 7.5” x 17.5”. In nice shape with some light soiling and toning. The “Jan’y 22d, 1841” playbill advertises “Shaksperean Week!” at the Tremont Theatre in Boston, featuring “Mr. Vandenhoff’s Benefit, and Positively his Last Appearance” as well as Miss Vandenhoff for this Night Only!” During the performance, Vandenhoff performed as Mercutio and Coriolanus; his daughter (Charlotte Elizabeth) as Juliet. Very good. Item #009542

John Vandenhoff, one of the most prominent Shakespearean actors of the 1800s, began acting in 1808 and made his debut at Covent Garden Theatre. He first journey to the United States in 1837 where he performed to much acclaim in Boston and New York. He revisited America in 1839, with his daughter. Following this engagement at the Tremont Theatre, the Vandenhoffs performed once more in New York before returning to England.

At the time of listing, no Vandenhoff U.S. playbills are for sale in the trade, however the Rare Book Hub shows one was sold at auction in 1903. OCLC shows no institutions hold playbills from any of Vandenhoff’s U.S. engagements.

Price: $150.00

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