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


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



  • 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.



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



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



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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



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



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



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



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



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



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



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



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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



  • 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.



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



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



  • 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.



  • 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'.



  • 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.



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



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



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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



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



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



  • 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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