Carcanet, 1993 - 316 pages
Theatre has provided many words and meanings which we use - ignorant of their origins - in everyday writing and speech. This is the first book to explore 2000 theatre terms in depth, in some cases tracing their history over two and a half millennia, in others exploring expressions less than a decade old. Terms are defined, shown in use and cross referenced in ways which will fascinate theatregoers, help serious theatre students and encourage those actively engaged in the theatre to examine the familiar from new angles.
abbreviation according action actor alternative American appears applied artistic attested audience become borrowed Branagh Britain cast character comedy comes comic common commonly create curtain dance dates denote derived describe descriptive direction director door drama earlier early effect Elizabethan employed English example flat French frequently genre give given influence interesting Italy known language later leading least lighting lines London manager meaning move movement nature nautical night noun opening origin performance period person phrase piece play Players plot popular possibly practice present probably production quoted refer rehearsal role scene scenery sense Shakespeare side skills sometimes sound stage stand suggests synonym technique term theatre theatrical things tion traditional tragedy usage usually variety verb Whilst word