Haymarket Theatre (Boston, Massachusetts)

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Haymarket Theatre, Boston, ca.1800

The Haymarket Theatre (1796-1803) or Hay-Market Theatre was a theatre in late-18th century Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Organized by Charles Stuart Powell, it occupied a large, wooden building "opposite the Mall on Common (later Tremont) Street, near Hatch's Tavern."[2] In addition to dramatic plays, the theatre presented some 62 musical entertainments during its first 5 years.[3] The Haymarket "was seldom used after 1800, and on March 3, 1803, it was offered for sale at auction on the condition that it be removed in 60 days."[2]

Works performed[edit]

View of Tremont St. in Boston, showing Haymarket Theatre, ca.1796


  1. ^ a b c d Don Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby, eds. The Cambridge history of American theatre, Volume 2. Cambridge University Press, 1998; p.53.
  2. ^ a b c d Richard Stoddard. The Haymarket Theatre, Boston. Educational Theatre Journal, Vol.27, No.1, March 1975; p.63.
  3. ^ Susan L. Porter. English-American Interaction in American Musical Theater at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. American Music, Vol. 4, No. 1, British-American Musical Interactions (Spring, 1986); p.11.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m George Oberkirsh Seilhamer. History of the American Theatre: New foundations. Philadelphia: Globe Printing House, 1891
  5. ^ Samuel Birch. The adopted child, : a musical drama, in two acts. As performed at the Hay-Makket [sic] Theatre, Boston. Boston: : Printed by B. Edes, Jun. for John West, no. 75, Cornhill, 1798.
  6. ^ WorldCat Samuel Birch
  7. ^ WorldCat John Daly Burk
  8. ^ a b Massachusetts Mercury; 08-22-1797
  9. ^ WorldCat James Cobb
  10. ^ Advertisement: "Hay Market Theatre. Mr. Villiers' night ... On Wednesday evening, April 25, 1798"
  11. ^ Boston Gazette, and Weekly Republican Journal; 04-02-1798
  12. ^ a b Columbian Centinel, 10-04-1800
  13. ^ Advertisement: "Hay Market Theatre. Mr. Villiers' night ... On Wednesday evening, April 25, 1798 ... The married man, or, A school for husbands. ... To which will be added ... the Descent of Apollo. ... the evening will conclude with a farce ... called, The note of hand, or, A lesson for gamesters"
  14. ^ Boston Gazette, and Weekly Republican Journal; 08-14-1797
  15. ^ Early American imprints. First series ; no. 48806. ("Hay-Market Theatre : On Monday evening, May 27th, 1799, will be presented (for the last time) the celebrated drama of The stranger; or, Misanthropy and repentance. Translated from the German of Kotesbue [sic]. ... : To which will be added (never performed in Boston) a comedy in 2 acts, called the Wandering Jew; or Love's masquerade.")
  16. ^ Early American imprints. First series ; no. 48066 ("Hay-Market Theatre. On Friday evening, September 15th, '97 : Will be presented, a comedy, called, The young Quaker; or, The fair American. ... To which will be added ... Don Juan; or, The libertine destroyed")
  17. ^ WorldCat Walley Chamberlain Oulton
  18. ^ WorldCat William Preston
  19. ^ a b Columbian Centinel; 05-01-1799
  20. ^ Boston Price Current and Marine Intelligencer; 07-31-1797
  21. ^ Massachusetts Mercury; 07-02-1799

Further reading[edit]

  • Letter to the editor. Polar Star and Boston Daily Advertiser; 12-30-1796
  • William Warland Clapp. A Record of the Boston Stage. Boston: J. Munroe & Co., 1853

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Coordinates: 42°21′9.87″N 71°3′51.68″W / 42.3527417°N 71.0643556°W / 42.3527417; -71.0643556