Definitions for Theatre
ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə-the·atre
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Theatre.
theater, theatre, housenoun
a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
"the house was full"
dramaturgy, dramatic art, dramatics, theater, theatrenoun
the art of writing and producing plays
field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operationsnoun
a region in which active military operations are in progress
"the army was in the field awaiting action"; "he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: theatre, Fr. theatrum, Lat.
This wise and universal theatre,
Presents more woful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
When the boats came within sixty yards of the pillar, they found themselves all bound, yet so as they might go about, so as they all stood as in a theatre beholding this light. Francis Bacon.
Shade above shade, a woody theatre
Of stateliest view. John Milton.
In the midst of this fair valley stood
A native theatre, which rising slow,
By just degrees o’erlook’d the ground below. Dryden.
Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, "a place for viewing"), itself from θεάομαι (theáomai, "to see", "to watch", "to observe"). Modern Western theatre comes, in large measure, from the theatre of ancient Greece, from which it borrows technical terminology, classification into genres, and many of its themes, stock characters, and plot elements. Theatre artist Patrice Pavis defines theatricality, theatrical language, stage writing and the specificity of theatre as synonymous expressions that differentiate theatre from the other performing arts, literature and the arts in general. A theatre company is an organisation that produces theatrical performances, as distinct from a theatre troupe (or acting company), which is a group of theatrical performers working together.Modern theatre includes performances of plays and musical theatre. The art forms of ballet and opera are also theatre and use many conventions such as acting, costumes and staging. They were influential to the development of musical theatre.
Theatre is a live performance art form that involves the creation and presentation of stories, characters, or events through the enactment of scripted or improvised dialogue, physical movement, music, and other elements. It typically takes place in a designated space called a theater and is performed by actors or performers in front of an audience, aiming to entertain, educate, and provoke emotional responses. Theatre incorporates various artistic disciplines such as acting, directing, set and costume design, lighting, sound, and stage management to bring stories and themes to life. It can encompass a wide range of genres and styles, including plays, musicals, dance performances, operas, and experimental and avant-garde productions.
an edifice in which dramatic performances or spectacles are exhibited for the amusement of spectators; anciently uncovered, except the stage, but in modern times roofed
any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc
that which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater
a sphere or scheme of operation
a place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war
Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance. Elements of design and stagecraft are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον, itself from θεάομαι. Modern Western theatre derives in large measure from ancient Greek drama, from which it borrows technical terminology, classification into genres, and many of its themes, stock characters, and plot elements. Theatre scholar Patrice Pavis defines theatricality, theatrical language, stage writing, and the specificity of theatre as synonymous expressions that differentiate theatre from the other performing arts, literature, and the arts in general. Theatre today includes performances of plays and musicals. Although it can be defined broadly to include opera and ballet, those art forms are outside the scope of this article.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
thē′a-tėr, n. a place where public representations, chiefly dramatic or musical, are seen, a play-house: any place rising by steps like the seats of a theatre: a building adapted for scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, &c.: scene of action, field of operations: the drama, the stage.—adjs. Theat′ric, -al, relating or suitable to a theatre, or to actors: pompous: artificial, affected.—v.t. and v.i. Theat′ricalise, to adapt to dramatic representation: to make stagy.—ns. Theat′ricalism, Theatrical′ity, staginess, artificiality.—adv. Theat′rically, in a theatrical manner: in a manner suiting the stage.—n. Theat′ricalness.—n.pl. Theat′ricals, dramatic performances.—v.i. Theat′ricise, to play a part.—ns. Theat′ricism, theatricality, affectation, staginess; Theatromā′nia, a craze for play-going; Theat′rophone, a telephone connected with a theatre. [Gr. theatron—theaomai, I see.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Theatre' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1799
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Theatre' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1769
Rank popularity for the word 'Theatre' in Nouns Frequency: #727
The numerical value of Theatre in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Theatre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
You don't merely give over your creativity to making a film-you give over your life In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously you have no option but to confront the mould on last night's washing-up.
We are very tied to social distancing measures. As long as they are still in place, a mainstream return to theatre and musical theatre in particular looks pretty impossible.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive for deaf theatre-goers who would like to come into the theatre anytime they want, it's really fundamental that organizations like the National Theatre -- in its really privileged position -- does this type of work for the entire sector.
This is the night to go to the theatre, like Abraham Lincoln.
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- il teatroItalian
- rạp hátVietnamese
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