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Theatre

(intermediate level)

TRUE OR FALSE?

(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)

   1

  • You can buy or book theatre tickets at the box office.
  • The person sitting in the box office is called a booking clerk.

     


   2

  • A matin‚e (at the theatre) is usually a performance in the early afternoon.
  • A lot of theatres in London don't have their own company.

     


   3

  • When there are no more seats left, the performance is 'fully booked'.
  • Theatre tickets in London are about the same price as cinema tickets.

     


   4

  • You can still queue for the gallery when a performance is fully booked.
  • There is always standing room in British theatres.

     


   5

  • The gallery is the most elegant part of the theatre with separate boxes.
  • The first row in the gallery is called the 'dress circle'.

     


   6

  • Returned theatre tickets are re-sold 30 minutes before the curtain in England.
  • You can still see a play by queuing for returns if you don't book in advance.

     


   7

  • The most elegant place to sit in the theatre is in a box.
  • Seats in the stalls are much cheaper than seats in the gallery.

     


   8

  • The stalls are the lower part of the theatre right in front of the stage.
  • 'Stall' also means a compartment for one animal in a stable or cow shed.

     


   9

  • The way how actors and actresses play their parts is called performance.
  • One showing of a play is called a performance as well.

     


  10

  • In most theatres there is a curtain between the audience and the gallery.
  • The stage is a raised platform on which the actors appear in a theatre.

     


  11

  • A separate box for distinguished theatre guests is called a compartment.
  • A row of seats can be called a circle in the theatre, but not in the cinema.

     


  12

  • Actors and actresses perform the play before it is rehearsed.
  • The final rehearsal is called the 'dress rehearsal'.

     


  13

  • Actors and actresses rehearse the play before it's performed.
  • The first performance of a play is called the 'first night'.

     


  14

  • The head of the theatre is usually call-ed a headmaster.
  • The actors and actresses are instructed by a director.

     


  15

  • The head of the theatre is called a theatrical manager.
  • Actors and actresses play scenery on the stage before the dress rehearsal.

     


  16

  • The furnishing of the stage in a theatre is called the scenery.
  • Smaller things used during a performance are called props.

     


  17

  • The audience will clap their hands if they don't like the play.
  • The curtain goes up when the play starts and goes down when the play ends.

     


  18

  • If an actor forgets his lines there's nobody who could help him.
  • Actors and actresses play parts.

     


  19

  • The prompter is responsible for putting the props on the stage.
  • The upper part of the stage behind the curtain is called the prompter's box.

     


  20

  • When an actor forgets what he has to say the prompter whistles to him.
  • The prompter is the head of a wandering theatre company.

     


  21

  • When an actor forgets his lines, the prompter whispers to him.
  • The audience can't see the prompter, but they can see the top of his box.

     


  22

  • The entrance hall in a theatre may be called the foyer.
  • You're not allowed to smoke in the foyer of a British theatre.

     


  23

  • The upstairs buffet is open only in the intervals in an English theatre.
  • The parts that a play consists of are called acts.

     


  24

  • A play consists of acts, and acts consist of scenes.
  • An interval is the break between two acts of a play.

     


  25

  • Actors and actresses wear costumes when they appear on the stage.
  • Rows in a theatre in Britain may not be marked by numbers, but by letters.

     


  26

  • The audience might whistle or hiss when they don't like the play.
  • There are no long monologues for an actor who has only a minor role.

     


  27

  • The gallery in a theatre can be referred to as 'the gods'.
  • The foyer can also be called the lobby.

     


  28

  • The best actors always sing out of tune when they perform a musical.
  • Ballerinas and ballet dancers in England have a free ticket to any cinema.

     


  29

  • The actors and actresses playing in a play are called the cast.
  • A curtain call is when actors come out to bow after the performance.

     


  30

  • The cloakroom is the cheapest part of the gallery at the theatre.
  • You can hardly see the stage from the cloakroom.

     


  31

  • People leave their coats and umbrellas in the cloakroom at the theatre.
  • The actor with the chief part in a play is called the leading actor.

     


  32

  • Stage directions are printed instructions to actors about their parts.
  • They include the positions and movements of the whole cast in a play.

     


  33

  • It's the stage director who sets up the scenery and takes care of the props.
  • The stalls may be called the orchestra in American English.

     


  34

  • It's the stage director who manages the production of a play.
  • But he hasn't got the right to instruct the actors at the rehearsals.

     


  35

  • A safety curtain is a fireproof curtain between the stage and the auditorium.
  • The scenery is set up by stage hands.

     


  36

  • The woman who shows you to your seat in a theatre is called an usherette.
  • A comedy that people can laugh at is called a puppet show.

     


  37

  • A theatre bill is a set of cheap tickets to certain performances.
  • Most British cinemas run continuous performances.

     


  38

  • You're not allowed to smoke in British cinemas during the performance.
  • The producer of a film is the person who makes it.

     


  39

  • The producer pays the costs of a film while the director makes the film.
  • The lobby (entrance hall) in a cinema cannot be called the foyer.

     


  40

  • You can't see thrillers at the theatre, they're especially for movie shows.
  • A film is called a 'movie' in American English. The cinema is the 'movies'.

     


  41

  • The lines that the actors say are written on the screen in a dubbed film.
  • An X film in Britain is only for people over eighteen years of age.

     


  42

  • There is no newsreel or adverts in British cinema performances.
  • The actors' lines are written on the screen in a subtitled film.

     


  43

  • There is no difference between a cameraman and a photographer.
  • The film is shot by the film director and his cameraman.

     


  44

  • A documentary is always a subtitled adventure film.
  • A scenario is the written outline of a play or a film.

     


  45

  • A feature film is a full-length film in a cinema programme.
  • You're allowed to see but one film with one ticket in cinemas in Britain.

     


  46

  • A cartoon is a comical film in which only comedians are the cast.
  • An animated film is a film of adventures with lots of thrilling situations.

     


  47

  • The producer of a film is never the arranger.
  • There are no intervals in British cinemas.

     


  48

  • A theatre critique is the person who writes critics on plays.
  • A cartoon is a film made by photographing a series of drawings.

     


  49

  • There is no cloakroom in most of the big cinemas in Britain.
  • You can never see a morning performance at a British cinema.

     


  50

  • The leading actors in a film are called the offstage crew.
  • You can't reserve a seat at an English first-run cinema.

     


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