Theatre Quotes

Words to the Wise
Quotations from a wide range of theatrical perspectives

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Musical Theatre

I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn't write anything without hope in it.

Oscar Hammerstein
Playwriting

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

Alfred Hitchcock
General, Playwriting

The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.

Enid Bagnold
Acting, Directing, General

It is not theatre that is indispensable, but something quite different. To cross the frontiers between you and me.

Jerzy Grotowski
General

The number of people who will not go to a show they do not want to see is unlimited.

Oscar Hammerstein
Acting, Directing

The two happiest days in a theatre person's life: The day you start on a new show and the day the thing closes.

Unknown
Acting

Acting isn't something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you're going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.

Lee Strasberg
General

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent.

Robert Brustein
Acting

Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.

Humphrey Bogart
General, Playwriting

I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.

David Mamet

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