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Top 100 Quotes About The Theatre

#1. The theatre, like the fresco, is art fitted to its place. And therefore it is above all else the human art, the living art. - Author: Romain Rolland
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#2. I want to do movies that I'm proud of where my kids, at some point, can see and I can feel comfortable sitting there watching it with them. And just that move people. That make people feel a little bit better about themselves when they leave the theatre. - Author: Kevin James
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#3. In the modern media age we are rarely surprised by what we see. Whether it's on television or film or in the theatre, everything is so advertised, so trailed, that most entertainment is merely what you thought it was going to be like. - Author: Rowan Atkinson
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#4. For a long time, it was hard for me to get my work done in Chicago. Silk Road gave me opportunities to do shows like 'Golden Child' - shows that nobody else seemed interested in. And they bring an artistic integrity to the work that matches anything you'll find at a bigger theatre. - Author: David Henry Hwang
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#5. I feel as if I could be any thing or every thing, as if I could rant and storm, or sigh, or cut capers in any tragedy or comedy in the English language. - Author: Jane Austen
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#6. I started doing theatre, and that's when I really fell in love with the profession; I learned a lot. It felt a bit weird to go from living in New York on Broadway to university, so I kept putting it off. Then, eventually, I had to give up the place. - Author: Bel Powley
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#7. I've always said the theatre is my church. It's where I feel God the most. It's where I know there's a God. - Author: Ruthie Henshall
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#8. The bad things about theatre get balanced by the good things in film and vice versa. So to tell you the truth, I love it when I can go back and forth - it feeds different parts of you and exercises different muscles. - Author: Willem Dafoe
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#9. The idea of doing theatre always terrified me because I get terrible stage fright. In the early 1970s I was offered a panto but the thought of going on stage was just too mortifying. - Author: Britt Ekland
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#10. I studied drama in high school, and when I was 18, I studied at the Actors Studio in New York. Then I moved to London when I got engaged to Bryan Ferry, and I studied at the National Theatre there. - Author: Jerry Hall
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#11. I started in theatre, and for me, it was all about transformation. You transform into the character that you're playing. - Author: Rainn Wilson
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#12. By the time I was seven, I did a sonnet at Shakespeare's Globe theatre for Shakespeare's birthday because my dad had been at the first season of the Globe and was friends with the artistic director. Somehow, that lead to me doing a sonnet! - Author: Alfred Enoch
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#13. I love the instantaneous nature of filming rather than the repetition of working in the theatre, but that maybe because I haven't had great experiences working in the theatre. - Author: Emilia Fox
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#14. 'The Hateful Eight' is like theatre. - Author: Jennifer Jason Leigh
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#15. I'm grateful to be working. The most exciting thing for me is that I never get bored - I've done comedy, drama, musical theatre and now Shakespeare. - Author: Sheridan Smith
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#16. I still feel I belong to the theatre. There is nothing more challenging and exciting for an actor than performing before a live audience. The stage is the real testing ground for an actor. - Author: Anupam Kher
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#17. Telly and films has been my thing, not necessarily by choice, and if the right piece of theatre came along, I would jump at it. - Author: Darren Boyd
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#18. I think as a filmmaker my first contribution would just be to make a good movie that people would love to see and leave the theatre charged, with a sense of excitement. - Author: Michael Moore
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#19. It's a whole different kind of anxiety. But the great thing about doing a theatre job is that once the ball starts rolling you just have to go with it, it's inexorable. - Author: Emily Watson
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#20. I personally would like to bring a tortoise onto the stage, turn it into a racehorse, then into a hat, a song, a dragoon and a fountain of water. One can dare anything in the theatre and it is the place where one dares the least. - Author: Eugene Ionesco
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#21. I've always tried to not let movie, television or theatre be all that my life is about. I've always tried to get involved in the community or my family now I have kids. - Author: David Morse
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#22. Anatomy is to physiology as geography is to history; it describes the theatre of events. - Author: Jean Fernel
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#23. The only theatre I do is my own. Somehow, my life is the only life that I can play. - Author: Marina Abramovic
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#24. What you find in the theatre is that if you're good, no matter what color you are, the audience will buy that - whoever you are. - Author: James Avery
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#25. There's all that brain work involved, remembering all those lines in a script. I find I have to eat a lot of fish, late - but not too late - in the afternoon. Doing theatre, you need to be like an athlete in training. - Author: Jerry Hall
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#26. I love going to see the theatre whether it's a Broadway play or a Russian ballet company. - Author: Michael Ealy
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#27. I was prepared for the theatre, but not for the nuts and bolts. - Author: Matthew Ashford
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#28. 'Miracle at St. Anna.' I was challenged by Spike Lee. When he offered me the film, he looked me square in the eye and said, 'You start this film off and you end this film. I don't want a dry eye in the theatre. Can you pull that off?' He was dead serious. - Author: Laz Alonso
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#29. It is not theatre that is indispensable, but something quite different. To cross the frontiers between you and me. - Author: Jerzy Grotowski
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#30. Theatre is a game of hide-and-seek. For both the hiders and the seekers, the thrill is in the discovery. When the rules of the game are too vague or too complicated, however, the audience can lose its urge to play; the prize no longer seems quite worth the hunt. - Author: John Lahr
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#31. The Greeks already understood that there was more interest in portraying an unusual character than a usual character - that is the purpose of films and theatre. - Author: Isabelle Huppert
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#32. In the world of musical theatre, if everyone says it's a good idea, you wonder why nobody has done it before. - Author: Tim Rice
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#33. Thinking back on the outing to the theatre, she added, 'I want a man, not a preening peacock! - Author: Katherine Givens
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#34. Everybody wants to go see the big hit [at the theatre]. Not because it's any good. Because it's the big hit and everybody wants to be able to talk about the big hit. - Author: Edward Albee
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#35. When it all comes true Just the way you planned It's funny but the bells don't ring It's a quiet thing. - Author: Fred Ebb
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#36. Lo! 'tis a gala night
Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears [ ... ] - Author: Edgar Allan Poe
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#37. That's the thing - you do a job like 'Shameless,' and suddenly that's why you can get a job like 'The Virgin Queen', not because of all the classical theatre you've done. But we can be very snippy about television. It's absolutely the most potent and powerful form of storytelling we have. - Author: Anne-Marie Duff
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#38. I did 'Degrassi' for five years in Toronto, and I made the decision to quit the show to go to theatre school, which a lot of people thought I was really crazy to do, but it was one of those major decisions in my life that I haven't regretted - hopefully I won't! I really wanted to go to school. - Author: Jake Epstein
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#39. In the theatre, every form once born is mortal; every form must be reconceived, and its new conception will bear the marks of all the influences that surround it. - Author: Peter Brook
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#40. New York City is one of the greatest places on the planet. You have the best in food, art, theatre, and definitely people-watching. - Author: Matt Bomer
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#41. Theatre was an art form that I didn't really respect, and because I wanted to shake it up and do different things on stage, I was able to combine all the things I'd learnt through writing on my own. - Author: Martin McDonagh
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#42. You say a line and you wait for them to laugh, then you say another line and you wait ... It felt weird to me. But it's interesting and the energy is almost like theatre, I suppose, with all the people there. - Author: Sherilyn Fenn
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#43. Without class differences, England would cease to be the living theatre it is. - Author: Anthony Burgess
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#44. Theatre is the art form of the present: it exists only in the present, and then it's gone. - Author: Simon McBurney
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#45. I'd like to think that we strive in film and theatre to tell great stories, and I believe in the power of storytelling in our culture. - Author: Andy Serkis
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#46. Theatre is filled w/ passion, risk and drama (as much behind-the-curtain as on stage), perfect ingredients for documentary storytelling. - Author: Dori Berinstein
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#47. One of the things he liked about playwriting as to any other kind of writing is that a playwright is a w-r-i-g-h-t, not a w-r-i-t-e; in other words, that a playwright is more of a craftsman than an artist of the big novel. - Author: Simon McBurney
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#48. Doing gigs is great, but when you come together for a production in the theatre, that is something I have a lot of respect for. - Author: Eliza Doolittle
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#49. Primarily, I am a prose writer with axes to grind, and the theatre is a good place to do the grinding in. I prefer comedy to 'serious' drama because I believe one can get the ax sharper on the comedic stone. - Author: Gore Vidal
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#50. If a composer is to reach his audience emotionally - and surely that's what theatre music is all about - he must reach the people through sounds they can relate to. - Author: Richard Rodgers
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#51. People in America, they're getting dumber, they're getting less able to analyze something and think critically, and pick apart the underlying elements. And more and more ready to make a snap judgment regarding something at face value, which is too bad. - Author: William Missouri Downs
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#52. I have always been very fond of them (drama critics) ... I think it is so frightfully clever of them to go night after night to the theatre and know so little about it. - Author: Noel Coward
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#53. The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. - Author: Oscar Wilde
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#54. I'm always keeping an eye out for a period piece. I was trained in theatre, so most of the things we did were classical - Shakespeare, Moliere, and Chekhov. - Author: Dagmara Dominczyk
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#55. Musical theatre is something that I always wanted to be a part of, and my first ever role on the West End as Joseph in 'Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat' gave me a taste for it. - Author: Gareth Gates
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#56. I used to love stage above all, but that was when I was a single man. As I get older, the time commitment gets harder for theatre. - Author: Seamus Dever
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#57. I have a large personal collection of pictures. For every project, I choose images. Usually I don't do this until I've done an extensive script breakdown and distilled the text down to poetic form. I have to plant enough seeds so that there will be vibration. - Author: Christine Jones
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#58. I think it is so much more fun to discover film in the movie theatre when there is so much anticipation about the movie. - Author: Anne Hathaway
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#59. My biggest ambition when I was younger was to appear on stage at what was then Nimrod, which is the theatre where my father used to take me on Sunday afternoons to see matinees. The most extraordinary things used to occur on that stage. - Author: David Wenham
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#60. Every character is a part of you and a part of the character that you are going to evolve into that you are not yet. - Author: Angelina Jolie
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#61. I often make the analogy with tennis. Every match the rules are the same, but no game is ever the same. Theatre is like that. Every time is different. - Author: Kevin Spacey
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#62. I was never a joiner. I tried - I had people I admired and liked and wanted to hang with, but I ended up starting a theatre company and that took me back to Chicago ... I guess I wasn't a scenester in the end. Something must have worked out right, as I'm still here - but I'm only a binge socialite. - Author: John Cusack
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#63. I get on with actors, and when I'm doing a theatre show, it's great being with them all the time. But we're all alike, and it's much nicer being with people who are different. - Author: Phil Daniels
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#64. The theatre is not the place for the musician. When the curtain is up the music interrupts the actor, and when it is down the music interrupts the audience. - Author: Sir Arthur Sullivan
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#65. Theatre is liberating because it only works if it's truthful - that's what it requires. That's not true of film: the camera does lie. - Author: Helen McCrory
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#66. Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff didn't like the word 'horror'. They, like I, went for the French description: 'the theatre of the fantastique'. - Author: Christopher Lee
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#67. I like going to New York. I like the galleries and the theatre and the restaurants and bars and music. I think that city is more alive than Los Angeles. - Author: Sara Gilbert
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#68. Hollywood is a very interesting place to deal with. And having been a theatre person, I was quite surprised by the slipperiness of some people in Holly-weird. There was a part of me that just said, 'If this is the way the game is played, I'm not sure I want to play it.' - Author: Joyce DeWitt
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#69. I want everyone to feel as much as possible as if they inhabit the same space. They more fluid the relationship between actor and audience, the better. - Author: Christine Jones
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#70. Every book should begin with attractive endpapers. Preferably in a dark colour: dark red or dark blue, depending on the binding. When you open the book it's like going to the theatre. First you see the curtain. Then it's pulled aside and the show begins. - Author: Cornelia Funke
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#71. So far, I have been a spectator in this theatre which is the world, but I am now about to mount the stage, and I come forward masked. - Author: Rene Descartes
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#72. I do still like television very much, but the theatre does really have something special about it. - Author: Sarah Sutton
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#73. I saw 'Clueless' five times in the theatre when I was growing up. - Author: Lizzy Caplan
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#74. The theater is a great equalizer: it is the only place where the poor can look down on the rich. - Author: Will Rogers
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#75. I've always loved and enjoyed the theatre, but I have to say that none of our sponsorships have been done because I'm one of those chairmen and chief executives who goes gooey-eyed about something. They are done for a very specific marketing and commercial agenda. - Author: Lloyd Dorfman
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#76. One of the things I find very difficult about theatre is the repetition - that something can slide away from your original intentions. - Author: Ben Whishaw
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#77. Even if the play is great, every day in theatre you have to question everything because the audience is new every day. I love that. - Author: Clotilde Hesme
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#78. I recall the night that President McKinley died. I was working at the time at a theatre in St. Louis. The oppressive feeling was in the air. I could not make the people laugh. - Author: Al Jolson
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#79. I know what it's like to have a young child at the weekend and feel like there is nothing to see in the movie theatre. Family is so important. - Author: Teri Hatcher
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#80. Kenji Mizoguchi is to the cinema what Bach is to music, Cervantes is to literature, Shakespeare is to theatre, Titian is to painting: the very greatest. - Author: Jean Douchet
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#81. We are a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theatre folk.We are the original displaced personalities, concentrated gatherings of neurotics, egomaniacs, emotional misfits and precocious children. - Author: Herman J. Mankiewicz
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#82. A creative and artistic home is what I've been looking for in the theatre. - Author: Kenneth Branagh
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#83. At college, I felt frustrated thinking three years was a long time and I just wanted a job but afterwards I was in employment the whole time. I got into a theatre company and started doing stand-up gigs for cash, so I lived hand-to-mouth, but there was always enough to pay the bills. - Author: Bill Bailey
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#84. You know that feeling when everyone around you is happy and you feel like you're standing back to watch them from afar? Like you're in this crappy little theatre all by yourself, watching the lives of other people who are totally fabulous? Yeah, that's me. - Author: Jen Naumann
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#85. The winter street is a salt cave. The snow has stopped falling and it's very cold. The cold is spectacular, penetrating. The street has been silenced, a theatre of whiteness, drifts like frozen waves. Crystals glisten under the streetlights. - Author: Anne Michaels
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#86. She understood about the comfort you can get from a small separate world, whether it's a theatre or a basketball team or the inside of a book. - Author: Susan Cooper
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#87. I'd auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and I didn't get a place and it was terrifying. - Author: Matthew Macfadyen
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#88. The theatre and traveling through my modeling jobs, all of those experiences have helped a lot actually. - Author: Alexis Bledel
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#89. Performing on stage is my first love - it's why I wanted to be an actor in the first place - and 'Arcadia' is the highlight of my career so far. I love the intimacy of a live theatre audience - you can really squeeze every last drop out of each scene. - Author: Tom Riley
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#90. People who have never done theatre before, and have only worked in front of a camera, would find it very difficult, I think, to know how to command a stage and work with the logistics of being on stage. They're very different. The theatre is quite tricky, actually. - Author: David Wenham
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#91. The only way to see the value of a play is to see it acted. - Author: Voltaire
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#92. I never imagined I'd go into acting, but I always loved drama, and when I was 16, I discovered the Library Theatre up the road. So I plucked up courage and asked if I could watch rehearsals. It was like Heaven. - Author: Lesley Nicol
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#93. His theatre was the clouds, where no spectacle repeated itself. On land he was a foreigner. Land for him was stasis, and it pulled him into immobility, which was his image of death.
- , - Author: Anais Nin
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#94. I did my New York debut at 21. It was 'On the Town' at the George Gershwin Theatre. New York is my artistic home. - Author: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
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#95. The bits I most remember about my school days are those that took place outside the classroom, as we were taken on countless theatre visits and trips to places of interest. - Author: Alan Bennett
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#96. I had learned to have a perfect nausea for the theatre: the continual repetition of the same words and the same gestures, night after night, and the caprices, the way of looking at life, and the entire rigmarole disgusted me. - Author: Isadora Duncan
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#97. In my gap year between college and drama school, I taught art at a hospice and worked at a little coffee shop across the street from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London when everything around it was still a construction zone. - Author: Juliet Rylance
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#98. The good die young - but not always. The wicked prevail - but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre. - Author: Helen Hayes
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#99. Even to an outsider like myself, not only in the theatre was such disunity evident, but in much else in government Spain. Alvarez del Vayo, Socialist Minister of Foreign Affairs, once asked, Why is it Spain's people are so great, but her leaders so small? - Author: Langston Hughes
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#100. I feel so sorry for younger actors who aren't able to have the opportunities that I had, starting out in repertory theatre. It's really tough on young actors now. - Author: Antony Sher
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