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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
theatre
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a theatre criticBritish English, a theater critcic American English (= of plays)
a theatre directorBritish English, a theater director AmE:
▪ Laura Thompson is a theatre director now in the middle of rehearsals for 'Romeo and Juliet'.
a theatre districtBritish English, a theater district AmE:
▪ The restaurant is located in the middle of New York’s theater district.
a theatre/concert ticket
▪ The special rate includes theatre tickets and transport from the hotel to the theatre.
alternative music/theatre etc
▪ Tucson’s alternative radio station
appear at a theatre etc
fringe theatre
hotel/theatre/cinema etc foyer
operating theatre
puppet show/theatre/play
▪ a 20-minute puppet show
television/film/theatre producer
theatre/business etc people (=people who work or are involved in the theatre etc)
▪ The hotel was full of business people.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
live
▪ Designed by the eminent architect C. J. Phipps, the Royal has enjoyed a history of live theatre since 1884.
▪ The site promises to be strong on interactivity, boasting online tours of museums and live theatre workshops.
▪ One natural source of finance and experience was the world of show business - live theatre and cinema.
▪ Colours of a dancer's mettle A stint in television made choreographer Lea Anderson long for the pure movement of live theatre.
▪ If live theatre turns you on you can choose from several plays or musicals each night.
local
▪ More than 40 homes were flooded, valuable shop stocks were ruined, and the local theatre turned into a swimming pool.
▪ Roy and Joyce Lee will arrange activities for you, including trips to the local theatre, and horse-riding.
▪ Why not support your local theatre?
▪ Everyone locally is keen to support their local theatre.
▪ Our team visited schools, colleges, libraries, hospitals and even backstage at the local theatre.
▪ It includes everything from when the hairdresser is coming, to appointments at the hospital or outings to the local theatre.
▪ In addition, local theatre company Stage Beyond will provide street theatre, storytelling and face painting.
popular
▪ The most notable of these is the widespread use of popular theatre throughout the region.
▪ Richmond Theatre, a popular touring theatre, frequently shows West End productions.
■ NOUN
company
▪ Currently at the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, the theatre company are doing just that.
▪ Ghatak was a committed Marxist, who began his career working in a political theatre company.
▪ Academics will work with theatre companies to find ways of involving the public in social research.
▪ A leftwing theatre company sponsored the follow-up, organised on stage by a budding theatre director, Joseph Losey.
▪ See the famous plays of the Bard performed by one of the world's greatest theatre companies.
▪ Three of the six theatre companies selected to take part in this year's festival come from Northern Ireland.
▪ The Armada Festival, which also visited Derry last year, promotes contact between different theatre companies.
critic
▪ Indeed, his position as Town's theatre critic meant that she was getting some evenings out free as well.
▪ We challenged them to make our theatre critic, Joe Riley, laugh.
▪ Brandon Thomas opted to unveil his Aunt away from London fearful that the capital's theatre critics would tear it to pieces.
director
▪ The theatre director Schuh was there and he saw me sitting by myself during the interval.
▪ A leftwing theatre company sponsored the follow-up, organised on stage by a budding theatre director, Joseph Losey.
▪ In his speech he made no mention of her second husband, the emigre theatre director Fyodor Komisarjevsky.
▪ Stuart Browne, a playwright and theatre director whose only book this is, died just before Christmas.
▪ Philip who's a theatre director planned to follow in a week.
fringe
▪ We consider bingo in Plaistow. Fringe theatre in Islington is too bourgeois.
▪ Mime has never enjoyed a place on centre stage, it lives in the shadows of fringe theatre and the Big Top.
group
▪ There was a mushroom growth of grant-aided housing associations, community advice centres, radical theatre groups and co-operative bicycle repair shops.
▪ Another letter from the middle school was about a visiting theatre group and asked for money as well as a tear-off slip.
▪ At the age of 12, Tupac joined a Harlem theatre group and studied ballet and acting.
▪ Betty Caplan on the blossoming of an experimental theatre group Magdalena takes root.
▪ He spent two years with the Link-Up community theatre group and has directed for the Compass Theatre.
▪ Among the cast of clowns is the Brouhaha theatre group and poet Jegsy Dodd.
▪ A small theatre group takes on the task of mounting a Passion Play in Montreal.
lecture
▪ The centre also has a lecture theatre and processing lab.
▪ Everybody was assembled in the lecture theatre at the appointed time, but no lecturer had arrived.
▪ The interior, now a lecture theatre, has stucco decoration from the mid-17C.
▪ The lecture theatre disgorged its students.
▪ Kara was sitting on the far side of the lecture theatre, well away from the source of the cry.
▪ Magician's Road, in the well equipped lecture theatre or in the Museum galleries.
▪ A group of students hard at work in a lecture theatre in the University Building.
operating
▪ Spiralling leg fractures, cysts, ventricle failure also saw her whisked into the operating theatre.
▪ From the small gallery above the operating theatre the whole process was obscure, if sickeningly bloody, to the watching Cowley.
▪ You closed the door like a surgeon entering the operating theatre.
▪ His shaping room had the brightly lit intensity of an operating theatre, the mystery of a chemical laboratory.
▪ Once again she was aware of the sounds in the operating theatre.
▪ At the hospital, a surgeon was called and the boy was taken immediately into the operating theatre.
▪ A young woman is wheeled into the operating theatre for laparoscopy.
people
▪ I know theatre people are hardly your choice of party companions.
▪ There had been no announcement of her substitution, but theatre people were notoriously careless about such things.
puppet
▪ The workroom was extremely tidy and four chairs were set in a row in front of the puppet theatre.
▪ Last weekend the highlights were marionettes miming to Die Fledermaus at the puppet theatre and a country music festival.
street
▪ Beforehand there will be a historical walk around the city, a street theatre show and an ecumenical service.
▪ There will be celebrations, a writers' conference, a number of important art shows, street theatre and circuses.
▪ Nearby, there's an international festival of children's theatre and another of street theatre and music.
▪ In addition, local theatre company Stage Beyond will provide street theatre, storytelling and face painting.
▪ There was music, puppet shows, street theatre, side shows, stalls.
ticket
▪ Milton would get you theatre tickets, special hotel rates, restaurant reservations and still wonder if you needed anything more.
▪ This includes theatre tickets, and transport from the hotel to the theatre.
▪ The theatre special of £38.00 per person includes en-suite room, Yorkshire breakfast and theatre ticket.
▪ Reasonably priced theatre tickets and affordable health care are tangible.
▪ One concert or theatre ticket is included in the price, other tickets are available on request.
■ VERB
go
▪ A.R. You both went into the theatre together from the same drama school?
▪ She had to go back to the theatre and see this thing through, for tonight, at least.
▪ We looked forward to going to the theatre every evening.
▪ That is why we are going to the theatre.
▪ Stella and Geoffrey went back to the theatre without collecting the paint.
▪ Aristotle wrote about it in relation to drama and what we can gain by going to the theatre.
▪ For him, looking at X-rays is like going to the theatre or watching a good film.
▪ We did other things like going to the theatre and doing improvisation.
leave
▪ Just before Lisa left for the theatre I had a word with her.
▪ He'd come straight to her after leaving the theatre, and his impatience thrilled her to the core.
▪ But you left the theatre three months ago, Lee.
▪ The doorkeeper said nobody in costume had left the theatre.
▪ We can't wait to leave this theatre, this atmosphere, this trap.
▪ Her father was unwell, she explained; it would be helpful if everyone would leave the theatre as quickly as possible.
work
▪ Ghatak was a committed Marxist, who began his career working in a political theatre company.
▪ Do you enjoy working in the theatre?
▪ Many people involved in film work as directors, writers and actors also work in advertising, theatre and television.
▪ The readings are given by Vanessa Rosenthal who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film.
▪ Academics will work with theatre companies to find ways of involving the public in social research.
▪ Is it coincidence that all your main actors usually work in the theatre?
▪ I got this idea then because I was working in the theatre, so I was interested in the effects of light.
▪ Brooklyn born, he gave up academia in the 70's to work in theatre and write plays.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Many of NATO's nuclear weapons in the European theatre are obsolete.
▪ She does some TV work, but theatre remains her first love.
▪ the use of theatre in primary school education
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Anyhow, I married her out of lust and a sort of snobbism for the theatre in general and pretty actresses in particular.
▪ I've never been in a fire in a theatre before - thankfully they're almost unheard of.
▪ In the 1870s his career as a theatre architect started rapidly.
▪ In theory the theatre can hold about 2,800 people, although new security measures limit this on most occasions to around 2,000.
▪ It will probably be among the most wonderful experiences you've had in any theatre.
▪ The utopian theatre of 1917 Berlin and Vienna was still on the horizon.
▪ Those enthusiasms right now center on the theatre.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Theatre

Theater \The"a*ter\, Theatre \The"a*tre\, n. [F. th['e][^a]tre, L. theatrum, Gr. ?, fr. ? to see, view; cf. Skr. dhy[=a] to meditate, think. Cf. Theory.]

  1. 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.

  2. Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc.

  3. That which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater.
    --Burns.

    Shade above shade, a woody theater Of stateliest view.
    --Milton.

  4. A sphere or scheme of operation. [Obs.]

    For if a man can be partaker of God's theater, he shall likewise be partaker of God's rest.
    --Bacon.

  5. A place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
theatre

chiefly British English spelling of theater (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

Wiktionary
theatre

n. (context Australia Canada NZ UK English) (alternative spelling of theater English)

WordNet
theatre
  1. n. a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full" [syn: theater, house]

  2. the art of writing and producing plays [syn: dramaturgy, dramatic art, dramatics, theater]

  3. 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" [syn: field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre of operations]

Wikipedia
Theatre (disambiguation)

Theatre or theater refers to representational performing arts, and semantically related to a stage.

Theater or theatre may also refer to:

In types of stage:

  • Theater (building), a building with a stage and audience seating for performances
  • Movie theater, a building used to show films to an audience
  • Theater (warfare), large geographic area where conflict occurs
  • Operating theater (or operating room), a room for carrying out surgical operations

In music:

  • Theatre (band), a mathcore band from South Africa.
  • Theatre (album) a 1983 album by George Gruntz

In places:

  • Theater (Metro Rail), a rail station in Buffalo, New York

In popular culture:

  • Theatre, a novel by W. Somerset Maugham
  • "The Theatre", a song on Very (album) by the Pet Shop Boys
  • Theater (song), the German entry to the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest

In military:

  • Theater (warfare), a region where a particular action takes place; a specific field of action, usually with reference to war
Theatre

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actressess, 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 ancient Greek drama, 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.

Modern theatre, broadly defined, includes performances of plays and musical theatre. There are connections between theatre and the art forms of ballet, opera (which uses staged, costumed performances with singing and orchestral accompaniment) and various other forms.

Theatre (band)

Theatre was an experimental mathcore outfit formed in the lower suburbs of Somerset West, South Africa in 2008. They bring genre-smashing music to the foreground that is both unique in construction and chaotic in design, which is brought forth by means of a notably destructive yet emotive performance, with "live shows that truly defy the norm".

Theatre (album)

Theatre is an album by Swiss pianist, composer, and arranger George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band '83 recorded in 1983 and released on the ECM label.

Theatre (film)

Theatre or The Last Supper'' (German:Das letzte Souper'') is a 1928 German silent film directed by Mario Bonnard and starring Marcella Albani, Heinrich George and Jean Bradin.

The film's sets were designed by the art director Julius von Borsody.

Usage examples of "theatre".

I had bought them dresses and linen in abundance, they were well lodged and well fed, I took them to the theatre and to the country, and the consequence was they all adored me, and seemed to think that this manner of living would go on for ever.

Edgar, came jostling after to share her knee with her scripts and suckle at her bosom while she learned her lines, yet she was always word-perfect even when she played two parts in the one night, Ophelia or Juliet and then, say, Little Pickle, the cute kid in the afterpiece, for the audiences of those days refused to leave the theatre after a tragedy unless the players changed costumes and came back to give them a little something extra to cheer them up again.

Singular, communed the guest with himself, the wonderfully unequal faculty of metempsychosis possessed by them, that the puerperal dormitory and the dissecting theatre should be the seminaries of such frivolity, that the mere acquisition of academic titles should suffice to transform in a pinch of time these votaries of levity into exemplary practitioners of an art which most men anywise eminent have esteemed the noblest.

There was, for instance, in the theatre to which I was attached, an old actor named Apel, who would take the part of grave-digger in Hamlet, and the same evening, in the after-piece, act the part of what you call the clown.

There began the fierce conflict of antagonistic ideas touching the respective powers of the State and of the Nation--a conflict which, transferred to a different theatre, found final solution only in the bloody arbitrament of arms.

French Hospital, with its up-to-date modern operating theatre for tackling the wounds in a strictly aseptic and scientific way within a few hours of the men being hit, are a tremendous help.

On the wide, shadowless, aseptic surface of the table the raincoat looked out of place, like some jolly, seedy old tramp who has strayed into an operating theatre.

The churchyard at Ashford, and the stone cross, from whence diverged the several roads to London, Canterbury, and Ashford, situated midway between the two latter places, served, so tradition avouched, as nocturnal theatres for the unhallowed deeds of the Wulfrics, who thither prowled by moonlight, it was said, to batten on the freshly-buried dead, or drain the blood of any living wight who might be rash enough to venture among those solitary spots.

It was clear that the coming winter campaign would be the supreme crisis of the struggle in the East, that the Russian southern flank in the Don and Caucasus regions was to be the theatre, and the oilfields of Baku and the domination of the Caspian area the immediate German goal.

And if the women on the promenade were homely and ill-dressed, even the bonnes in unpicturesque costumes, and all the men were slouchy and stolid, how could any one tell what an effect of gayety and enjoyment there might be when there were thousands of such people, and the sea was full of bathers, and the flags were flying, and the bands were tooting, and all the theatres were opened, and acrobats and spangled women and painted red-men offered those attractions which, like government, are for the good of the greatest number?

By way of amusing myself I began to go to the theatre, and the masked balls to which the Count of Aranda had established.

Every day the Princess Santa Croce told me that I could have the key to her box at the theatre whenever I liked to take Armelline and Emilie, but when a week passed by without my giving any sign she began to believe that I had really broken off the connection.

After telling her all the news I had heard in the theatre, I pretended to be obliged to go, and begged her to let me leave the count with her for a few minutes.

I wished to make a pilgrimage to Vaucluse and begged the landlord to procure me a good guide, and after I had dressed I went to the theatre.

She agreed that I could not do otherwise, but begged me to stay away from the theatre in future, telling me that she had got a rod in pickle for Tomatis which would make him repent of his impertinence.