The most effective moments in the theatre are those that appeal to basic and commonplace emotions-love of woman, love of home, love of country, love of right, anger, jealousy, revenge, ambition, lust, and treachery.
– Clayton Hamilton
But theatre is also a public event, a spectacle or a show, attempting to please or amaze the audience by a display of exceptional stage achievements, that is, special performances. In that sense, like sporting events or the circus, theatre serves what I shall call the performance function: it satisfies our natural desire to achieve or witness something extraordinary.
– Jean Alter
It is a hopeless endeavor to attract people to a theatre unless they can be first brought to believe that they will never get in.
– Charles Dickens
To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.
– Simon Callow
I have never regarded any theater as much more than the conclusion to a dinner or the prelude to a supper.
– Max Beerbohm
The theater is a humble materialist enterprise which seeks to produce riches of the imagination, not the other way around. The theater is an event, not an object. Theatre workers need not blush and conceal their desperate struggle to pay the landlords their rents. Theater without the stink of art.
– Charles Ludlam
A theater requires two good producers: one to produce the play, and the other to produce the cash.
– Evan Esar
The theatre is a tragic place, full of endings and partings and heartbreak. You dedicate yourself passionately to something, to a project, to people, to a family, you think of nothing else for weeks and months, then suddenly it’s over, it’s perpetual destruction, perpetual divorce, perpetual adieu.
– Iros Murdoch
I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost – it’s there and then it’s gone.
– Maggie Smith
It isn’t a shortage of good scripts that ails the theater; it is a shortage of producers who know a good script when they see one.
– George Jean Nathan
Theatre is a concentrate of life as normal. Theatre is a purified version of real life, an extraction, an essence of human behaviour that is stranger and more tragic and more perfect than everything that is ordinary about me and you.
– Eleanor Catton
You need three things in the theatre – the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.
– Kenneth Haigh
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
– W. R. Inge
The theatre, when all is said and done, is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated.
– H. L. Mencken
The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.
– Stella Adler
The true theater, because it moves and makes use of living instruments, continues to stir up shadows where life has never ceased to grope its way.
– Antonin Artaud