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The greatest theatre that I experienced in my life was The Living Theatre and they were Off-Off-Broadway. And that was in the fifties.

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David Tennant

I like the liveness of it (theatre, fh) Ė that awful feeling of being on the spot. I must assume the responsibility for that moment, for those actions that happen at that particular time. I donít find theatre that different from painting, and itís not that I think of painting as theatre or vice versa. I tend to think of working as a kind of involvement with materials, as well as rather focused interest which changes.

Robert Rauschenberg

I've lost interest in the theatre because you can't get what you want ever. I used to think it would be wonderful to see what you had written come to life. Here in Australia it's very hard to get an adequate performance because of the state of the theatre; but even if you have the best actors in the world it's never what you visualised. One can't say all one wants to say, one can't convey it.

Patrick (Australian novelist) White

The utter childishness of our provincial public's verdict upon any art-manifestation that may chance to make its first appearance in their own theatre ó for they are only accustomed to witness performances of works already judged and accredited by the greater world outside ó brought me to the decision, at no price to produce for the first time a largish work at a minor theatre. When, therefore, I felt again the instinctive need of undertaking a major work, I renounced all idea of obtaining a speedy representation of it in my immediate neighbourhood: I fixed my mind upon some theatre of first rank, that would some day produce it, and troubled myself but little as to where and when that theatre would be found.

Richard Wagner

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Andre Maurois
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