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Announcement of Performance by Junius Booth, April 14, 1865

At the time of Lincoln’s murder, Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., older brother of assassin John Wilkes Booth, was wrapping up a two-week engagement at Pike’s Opera House in Cincinnati in a production of The Three Guardsmen. When news of the assassination reached the Queen City, the play was quietly ended and newspapers reported on April 17th that Junius Brutus Booth had left the city.

This is a digital reproduction from the original newspaper advertisement in the Cincinnati Daily Gazette, April 14, 1865.

From the CMC Newspaper Collection.

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Announcement of Booth Performance

PIKE’S OPERA HOUSE.
GRAND MATINEE
Saturday Afternoon, April 15.
The eminent Tragedian,
Junius Brutus Booth,
Will appear in conjunction with the
DRAMATIC COMPANY,
And renowned
ZAVISTOWSKI TROUPE.
The splendid drama, founded on Dumas’ celebrated
romance, entitled
THE THREE GUARDSMEN;
Or, The Queen, the Cardinal and the Adventurer.
D’Artagnan, an Adventurer ………… J. Brutus Booth.
The performance will conclude with a grand Ballet
Divertisement by the ever-popular
ZAVISTOWSKI TROUPE.
Doors open at 1 o’clock; commences at 2 o’clock.
admission to all parts of the house, 25 cents.

Pike's Opera House.
BENEFIT of the popular Artiste,
MISS E. J. PHILLIPS,
And positively last night of the eminent tragedian,
JUNIUS BRUTUS BOOTH.
SATURDAY EVENING, April 15, will be per-
formed Kotzebue’s celebrated play of the
STRANGER.
The Stranger ……………………… Junius Brutus Booth.
Mrs. Haller …………………………… Miss E. J. Phillips.
Divertisement by the
ZAVISTOWSKI TROUPE.
To conclude with the beautiful comedy, entitled the
MYSTIC MARRIAGE.
Count Rafael Di Villani ………….. Junius Brutus Booth.
Matinee Saturday afternoon, at 2 o’clock.
THREE GUARDSMEN.
Monday evening, the celebrated Artiste, Mrs. F. W.
LANDER, formerly Miss J. M. DAVENPORT.

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