Theatre Quotes
What book of rules says the theatre exists only within some ugly buildings crowded into one square mile of New York City? Or London, Paris or Vienna? Listen, junior, and learn. Want to know what the theatre is? A flea circus. Also opera. Also rodeos, carnivals, ballets, Indian tribal dances, Punch and Judy, a one-man band...all theatre. Wherever there's magic and make-believe and an audience, there's theatre. Donald Duck, Ibsen, and The Lone Ranger. Sarah Bernhardt, Poodles Hanneford, Lunt and Fontanne. Betty Grable, Rex and Wild, and Eleanora Duse. You don't understand them all. You don't like them all. Why should you? The theatre's for everybody - you included, but not exclusively - so don't approve or disapprove. It may not be your theatre, but it's theatre of somebody, somewhere.

BILL SAMPSON, All About Eve (1950)

Nothing is forever in the theatre. Whatever it is, it's here, it flares up, burns hot and then it's gone.

KAREN RICHARDS, All About Eve (1950)

Allow me to explain about the theatre business: The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.

PHILIP HENSLOWE, Shakespeare in Love (1998)

I would stay asleep my whole life, if I could dream myself into a company of players.

VIOLA DE LESSEPS, Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Life has no purpose. It is everywhere undone by arbitrariness. I do this and it matters not a jot if I do the opposite. But in the playhouse every action, good or bad, has it's consequences. Drop a handkerchief and it will return to smother you. The theatre is my drug, and my illness is so far advanced that my physic must be of the highest quality.

ROCHESTER, The Libertine (2004)

The theatre is a chapel of arts, a precious cornucopia of creative energy.

MS. DARBUS, High School Musical (2006)

There are three things you can never have enough of in life...chocolate, friends and the theatre.

JESSICA FLETCHER, Murder, She Wrote, "Danse Diabolique" (1992)

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