- theater of war,
- theatre of cruelty,
- theatre of the absurd,
- theatrical film
Origin of theater
Examples from the Web for theatre
She reportedly studied French and Italian at Oxford before attending the prestigious Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris.Benedict Cumberbatch Announces Engagement in The Times|Tom Sykes|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
War of the Worlds (1953) I snuck into a theatre with my older brother to see this one.
I was really happy that the Theatre Wing approved that idea.Oscars Host Neil Patrick Harris on His Best and Worst Emcee Moments (VIDEO)|Neil Patrick Harris|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This prompted a lengthy discussion of optics and theatre among the panelists.
But they also reveal a waspish, bitter man frequently disillusioned with film and theatre.
If we went to the theatre we went in full dress, preceded by torch-bearers to the princely box.My Own Affairs|Louise, Princess of Belgium
Emeline had grown more and more infatuated with the theatre and all that pertained to it.The Story Of Julia Page|Kathleen Norris
To-day it reads curiously as the programme of a fashionable West End theatre.Ellen Terry and Her Sisters|T. Edgar Pemberton
Had he not loitered in the hall of the theatre, with coat-collar turned up, to hear just that?The Education of Eric Lane|Stephen McKenna
He was delayed at the theatre by matters concerned with the scenery of the new piece they were to mount upon the morrow.Scaramouche|Rafael Sabatini
- a building designed for the performance of plays, operas, etc
- (as modifier)a theatre ticket
- (in combination)a theatregoer
Word Origin for theatre
late 14c., "open air place in ancient times for viewing spectacles," from Old French theatre (12c.), from Latin theatrum, from Greek theatron "theater," literally "place for viewing," from theasthai "to behold" (cf. thea "a view," theates "spectator") + -tron, suffix denoting place. Meaning "building where plays are shown" (1570s) was transferred to that of "plays, writing, production, the stage" (1660s). Spelling with -re prevailed in Britain after c.1700, but American English retained or revived the older spelling in -er. Generic sense of "place of action" is from 1580s; especially "region where war is being fought" (1914).
The Theatre of the Absurd strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition and the inadequacy of the rational approach by the open abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought. [M. Esslin, "Theatre of the Absurd," 1961]