Original Ad For John Wilkes Booth’s Acting Debut

This is absolutely amazing. We found the original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for John Wilkes Booth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Charles Street Theatre on Tuesday, August 14th, 1855.

John Wilkes Booth in Richard III
John Wilkes Booth in Richard III
portrait of John Wilkes Booth
portrait of John Wilkes Booth


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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Scott Carberry

    I wonder what the address of the Charles Street Theater was?