Quotations on Theatre

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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.
- Stella Adler
(Keywords: Life, Truth, People, Theatre, Word)

I loved living and breathing theatre so much that I decided I had to find a way to bring my desire to act and my ability to support myself together. I'd run through the possibilities in Washington, so that meant moving to New York.
- Karen Allen
(Keywords: Ability, Act, Desire, Living, Possibilities, Support, Theatre, Washington)

We are suffocated by writers who want to enlighten us with their truths. For me, the theatre is beautiful because it is a secret, and secrets seduce us, we all want to share secrets.
- Howard Barker
(Keywords: Secrets, Theatre, Want, Writers)

The theatre only knows what it's doing next week, not like the opera, where they say: What are we going to do in five years' time? A completely different attitude.
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Keywords: Time, Attitude, Opera, Theatre, Years)

Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained - until now - in theatre.
- Brenda Blethyn
(Keywords: Talent, Actors, Now, Theatre, World)

I don't think it's the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it.
- Edward Bond
(Keywords: Job, Propaganda, Theatre, Will)

Theatre sports is the best improv training period.
- Wayne Brady
(Keywords: Sports, Theatre, Training)

As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien.
- Gavin Bryars
(Keywords: Art, Music, Time, Idea, Performance, Artists, Painting, Theatre, Writing)

My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre.
- Steve Buscemi
(Keywords: Actor, Theatre, Training)

My college training was primarily in theatre, with an eye to becoming a director, actor, or producer.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Actor, College, Eye, Theatre, Training)

It's great to be in a film that's able to have people really want to become socially conscious, to walk out of the theatre and want to do something.
- Don Cheadle
(Keywords: People, Film, Theatre, Want)

I've been doing theatre since I was 5 years old.
- Claudia Christian
(Keywords: Old, Theatre, Years)

Fundamentally, whether directing in the theatre or a film, you have to be a good storyteller, regardless of the form. The thing I had to work hardest at was thinking in shots.
- John Crowley
(Keywords: Work, Film, Theatre, Thinking)

Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French.
- Cyril Cusack
(Keywords: English, Identity, Irish, Theatre, World)

I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room.
- James Denton
(Keywords: Actors, Pretty, School, Theatre, Training)

I became an actor by doing school plays and youth theaters, and then National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. And then I did study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. For me that was a good way to enter the field, to work in the theater.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Keywords: Music, Work, Actor, London, School, Study, Theater, Theatre, Youth)

What I want to give in the theatre is beauty, that's what I want to give.
- Dame Edith Evans
(Keywords: Beauty, Theatre, Want)

Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it.
- Harvey Fierstein
(Keywords: People, Theatre, Want)

I am a theatre actor, but the last ten years I've taken parts in movies because it keeps me in money.
- Michael Gambon
(Keywords: Money, Movies, Actor, Theatre, Years)

I am drawn to writing and directing as it is most like the feeling I had when I was a teenager with my puppet theatre. You are more in control of everything and involved in every aspect of production, so more challenged and fulfilled.
- Richard E. Grant
(Keywords: Control, Feeling, Production, Theatre, Writing)

People come to the theatre to be excited and uplifted - I want to inspire my audience.
- Edward Hall
(Keywords: People, Theatre, Want)

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.
- Jim Henson
(Keywords: Art, Design, First, Planning, Television, Theatre, University)

The world 's a theatre, the earth a stage, Which God and Nature do with actors fill.
- Thomas Heywood
(Keywords: Nature, God, Actors, Earth, Theatre, World)

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Keywords: Film, Theatre, Worth)

I think I want to pursue a movie career and maybe even pursue some theatre.
- Katie Holmes
(Keywords: Career, Theatre, Want)

For me, making films is like being on vacation, it's a nice walk. But theatre is like mountaineering. You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top.
- Isabelle Huppert
(Keywords: Being, Theatre, Vacation)

Firstly I did it in this huge theatre in Avignon, then to smaller places, then bigger places. You have to change the volume of the voice, give more or less. The way you have to relate to space makes it like sculpture.
- Isabelle Huppert
(Keywords: Change, Sculpture, Space, Theatre, Voice)

Soon I worked during twelve years in theater works of the prestigious Theatre National Populaire. It was the best time of my life, the most difficult, the most interesting, the most exciting.
- Maurice Jarre
(Keywords: Time, Life, Theater, Theatre, Years)

I think the same way about theatre, you go out there and you are creating a world for a moment that can actually have a real impact on people, present some kind of story that gives you something to think about when you walk away, feeling enriched - if it works out well.
- Jeffrey Jones
(Keywords: People, Feeling, Present, Theatre, World)

I think I'm a better actress for having friends and interests outside the theatre. I wouldn't want to live my life surrounded by other actors all the time.
- Penelope Keith
(Keywords: Life, Time, Actors, Friends, Theatre, Want)

My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics.
- William Kempe
(Keywords: Actor, Ballet, Shakespeare, Theatre, Years)

Fifteen years before I became a screen actor, I was in the theatre. A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing. It's harder.
- Ben Kingsley
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Comedy, Theatre, Years)

When I play, I feel like I'm in a theatre, why should I look ugly then, because I'm a tennis-player?
- Anna Kournikova
(Keywords: Play, Tennis, Theatre, Ugly)

I'm trying to do the kind of projects that I want to see in the theatre.
- Nicholas Lea
(Keywords: Projects, Theatre, Trying, Want)

When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people.
- Vivien Leigh
(Keywords: Love, People, Act, Pleasure, Security, Sense, Theatre, Trying)

Kerri and I met at theatre camp when were 16 years old, which is pretty lame. The rest of us met when we founded the State at New York University in 1988. Most of our adult lives have been spent bickering with these people.
- Thomas Lennon
(Keywords: People, Old, Pretty, Rest, State, Theatre, University, Years)

The deaf community is in a favorable position because they have a national theatre and training groups of their own to get them started. Deaf actors have often acquired very valuable skills and experience before they get their break.
- Richard Masur
(Keywords: Experience, Actors, Community, Theatre, Training)

As a child I was taken to the pantomime or the theatre and I would always, always fall in love with somebody on the stage. And want to have sex with them.
- Ewan McGregor
(Keywords: Love, Sex, Theatre, Want)

From there I did a one year theatre acting course in Fife, and then three years of drama school in London.
- Ewan McGregor
(Keywords: Acting, Drama, London, School, Theatre, Years)

When we'd suggested doing it, the Theatre Royal management had said, 'Nobody wants to see Waiting for Godot.' As it happened, every single ticket was booked for every single performance, and this confirmation that our judgment was right was sweet. Audiences came to us from all over the world. It was amazing.
- Ian McKellen
(Keywords: Management, Performance, Audiences, Judgment, Right, Theatre, Waiting, World)

I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace's isn't such a stretch.
- Debra Messing
(Keywords: Friendship, Gay, Grace, Theatre, Will, World)

As a working actor, all I want to do is work. That's it. It's terrifying when you don't work. It's very hard when you don't work. There have been times when I've been out of work for like six months. I feel theatre to me is like manna.
- Sandra Oh
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Months, Theatre, Want)

Now I'm seen by more people in one episode than I was in 20 years of theatre and movies. It's gratifying to have an impact on 25 million people a night, but I can say goodbye to my lunch-pail life as a working actor. I'm scared I might be a celebrity.
- William Petersen
(Keywords: Life, Movies, People, Actor, Celebrity, Goodbye, Night, Now, Theatre, Years)

It was in New York, and I've always wanted to film in New York. And the writer was a teenage friend of mine. We did youth theatre together when we were 16 and always had a dream of making a film together. And ten years later, we've done it. So it's great.
- Rosamund Pike
(Keywords: Dream, Friend, Film, Teenage, Theatre, Writer, Years, Youth)

There's a tradition in British intellectual life of mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics, especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre.
- Harold Pinter
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Force, Theatre, Tradition)

The play is on top of me all the time, and I am constantly thinking about it. Even when I leave the theatre, I'll mumble the lines to myself or think about the way the character walks or holds himself.
- Donald Pleasence
(Keywords: Time, Character, Play, Theatre, Thinking)

I would have started the National Actors Theatre 30 years earlier.
- Tony Randall
(Keywords: Actors, Theatre, Years)

Our job is to make manifest the story, to be it. In a sense, the theatre is such a big star itself, bigger than any Shakespearean actor I could hire, that we should take the opportunity to fill it with voice and verse and movement, not interpretation.
- Mark Rylance
(Keywords: Opportunity, Actor, Job, Sense, Theatre, Voice)

With a theatre audience there's always the additional sense of a sustained challenge of which I'm acutely aware and for which you need to have the tools ready - your voice, physicality, brain.
- Greta Scacchi
(Keywords: Challenge, Sense, Theatre, Tools, Voice)

Thirty years ago dinner theatre used to be much more of a going concern than it is now.
- Ted Shackelford
(Keywords: Concern, Now, Theatre, Years)



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