Theatre Quotes

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

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Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.

Ralph Richardson

Acting is mostly about listening. If you just focus in on what the other person is saying, acting takes care of itself to quite a large extent.

Alan Rickman

Acting is not a state of being ... but a state of appearing to be. You can't be eight times a week without going stark staring mad. You've got to be in control.

Noel Coward

Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.

Glenda Jackson

Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.

Kate Reid


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