Boston: F. A. Searle, Printer, 118 Washington Street, 1864. One broadside sheet, printed recto only. 18-1/8" x 6-1/4". Some age toning, light crease here & there, with the occasional spot or two. Horizontal fold-line. Still, a VG+ example of this fragile item. Item #41942
Margaret Julia Mitchell (popularly known as Maggie Mitchell) was an American actress, born in New York. She made her first regular appearance as Julia in The Soldier's Daughter at the Chambers Street Theatre in 1851. The parts in which she was best liked were Jane Eyre, Mignon, Little Barefoot, and Fanchon the Cricket. [Wiki]
In January 1861, At at De Bar’s St. Charles Theatre in New Orleans, Mitchell first appeared in Fanchon, the Cricket, a new secondhand adaptation by August Waldauer from George Sand’s story “La Petite Fadette.” Her characterization of the sprite of a heroine, which included a graceful and entrancing shadow dance, was an immediate sensation. Her Southern tour was cut short by the Civil War, and Mitchell took Fanchon to Boston and New York, where it was equally successful. Fanchon remained her mainstay for 30 years. Audiences never tired of it—her admirers included the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson—and even in her 50s Mitchell retained the winsome, elfin appeal that made her so successful. She also early obtained the rights to Fanchon, which enabled her to amass a considerable estate. [EB].
We find one institutional holding of this playbill, at the MHS. A rare survivor of this play's northern run.