Theatre (Greek "theatron"), enjoys the distinction of two spellings: in British English, "theatre" and in American English, "theater". There is no technical distinction between the meanings of the two spellings, however most theatre artists prefer the English spelling because it creates a historical nod to the ancient Greek term theatron. Some also use the American spelling to designate a theatre building and the English term to reference the art itself, as in the "art of theatre." Theatre is that branch of the performing arts concerned with the creation of stories or narratives for (or with) an audience using combinations of acting, speech, gesture, music, dance, object manipulation, sound and spectacle — indeed, any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, musicals, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera, mummers' plays, and pantomime.
- I don't like to be my own audience, I find that being my own audience, being in the audience, makes me self-conscious, basically. So I tune in sometimes, with the sound off, to check it out and I back up to it. In the future I will look at it when some time has passed.
- All the world's a stage / And all the men and women merely players / They have their exits and their entrances / And one man in his time plays many parts ...
- By increasing the size of the keyhole, today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door.
- The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one's office for a job.
- Quoted in "Tennessee Williams" in Profiles (1990) by Kenneth Tynan (first published as a magazine article in February 1956)
- A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
- If you want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, be an audience.
- If you have a message, call western union.
- The theater is a great equalizer: it is the only place where the poor can look down on the rich.
- A playwright is a lay preacher peddling the ideas of his time in popular form.
- Acting is merely the art of keeping a large number of people from coughing.
- Know your lines and don't bump into the furniture.
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