The Thalia Theatre was located at 46-48 Bowery (between
Bayard and Canal Streets, across the street from the Windsor Theatre) in Manhattan.
Thalia is advertising the Yiddish language version of Shakespeare's
Hamlet, starring Yiddish acting great Berta Kalich. Kalich is
well-known for this role.
the performance will be on Wednesday, January 30, 1895 (prob.)
placard, in part, states:
''Extra! Extra! For the first time in the Yiddish theater: Mme.
Bertha Kalich as Hamlet. The only other woman ever to have
undertaken the role of Hamlet was Sarah Bernhardt. Mme. Kalich
studied the part for six months with one of the greatest experts in
the field, Professor L. M. Gallotstam, the teacher of such supreme
artists as [E. H.] Sothern, Maude Adams, Annie Russell, and others.
We in the Thalia
Company are honored that she has chosen to appear with us. The great
critic Brochvogel and others have acclaimed her artistry; we will do
everything possible to help her play this difficult role to
photo: courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.