1 where you go to see plays, etc.
ADJ. large | little, small | crowded, packed The theatre was packed for the opening night. | open-air | puppet The pier has a unique little puppet theatre.
VERB + THEATRE go to, visit I haven't been to the theatre for ages.
THEATRE + NOUN ticket | production | audience | manager, staff
PREP. at a/the ~ We were at the theatre last night. | in a/the ~ There's a bar in the theatre.
ADJ. good, great He writes the sort of dialogue that makes great theatre. | live | amateur | commercial, professional | fringe, provincial, repertory There was some good fringe theatre at the festival. | classical, contemporary, experimental, modern, music/musical, popular | street We saw some good street theatre while we were in Paris. | community, youth | political (often figurative) The Chancellor's speech was an absorbing piece of political theatre.
VERB + THEATRE study He is studying Greek theatre.
THEATRE + NOUN studies | critic
3 work of acting in/ producing plays
VERB + THEATRE be in, work in | go into He wants to go into the theatre when he finishes university.
THEATRE + NOUN director, producer | company, group
4 in a hospital
VERB + THEATRE take to He's already been taken to theatre for the operation.
THEATRE + NOUN nurse, sister
PREP. in (the) ~ She was in the operating theatre for two hours.