From 1682 to 1695, as if the Restoration had not come, there was but one theatre
'About this time, and when he had been existing for upwards of a year no one knew how, I had a short engagement at one of the theatres
on the Surrey side of the water, and here I saw this man, whom I had lost sight of for some time; for I had been travelling in the provinces, and he had been skulking in the lanes and alleys of London.
When his brother and sister first told him what their experience had been, he instantly declared that he would go to Venice in the interest of his theatre
. The circumstances related to him contained invaluable hints for a ghost-drama.
It's delightful to hear it in a London theatre
. That laugh, now, when she doubles over at the hips--who ever heard it out of Galway?
This thought hath been carried so far, and is become so general, that some words proper to the theatre
, and which were at first metaphorically applied to the world, are now indiscriminately and literally spoken of both; thus stage and scene are by common use grown as familiar to us, when we speak of life in general, as when we confine ourselves to dramatic performances: and when transactions behind the curtain are mentioned, St James's is more likely to occur to our thoughts than Drury-lane.
Happily for him, a love of the theatre
is so general, an itch for acting so strong among young people, that he could hardly out-talk the interest of his hearers.
We will not have to think of anything, save when, in any theatre
or place of entertainment, a trained-animal turn is presented before us.
'Miss So-and-so, of the Theatre
Royal, Drury Lane?'
I went first to the barrier separating us from the stalls, and looked for the Count in that part of the theatre
. He was not there.
Utterson's nerves, at this unlooked-for termination, gave a jerk that nearly threw him from his balance; but he recollected his courage and followed the butler into the laboratory building through the surgical theatre
, with its lumber of crates and bottles, to the foot of the stair.
These incidents had made the memory of his last talk with Madame Olenska so vivid to the young man that as the curtain fell on the parting of the two actors his eyes filled with tears, and he stood up to leave the theatre
And what chance would I have in the theatre