Definition of footlights in English:


plural noun

usually the footlights
  • A row of spotlights along the front of a stage at the level of the actors' feet.

    • ‘The Oedipus stage manager paces anxiously by the footlights.’
    • ‘A bank of overhead lights swivelled to supplement the beams of the footlights, while the stereo system poured out a constant stream of foot-tapping music.’
    • ‘Australians have created over 700 original musicals, though few of them see the light of day, let alone the footlights of Her Majesty's.’
    • ‘Never final, admittedly flawed, it was arguably a masterwork as its proponents on both sides of the footlights have proclaimed with passion.’
    • ‘He set himself down in a chair amid the footlights.’
    • ‘We don't know our stage directions anymore and the footlights are fading into the shadows.’
    • ‘Olson has a magnetism that leaps across the footlights.’
    • ‘The water, representing the Milky Way that kept the lovers apart, ran downstage to the footlights, and into a basin.’
    • ‘In the cavernous stage of the Richmond Theatre all the nuances of the performance, if any, were lost in the attempt to get the material across the footlights effectively.’
    • ‘Why he chose to cross over the footlights and climb onto the stage and be an actor in this story is beyond me.’
    • ‘I've played opposite a lot of people I've really liked, and I've seen nothing on screen - it just doesn't cross the footlights, or translate or screen.’
    • ‘The sad thing is that the waves of love that broke across the footlights every time he stood on a stage were probably never equalled in his private life.’
    • ‘That was why the opera was verismo; the chorus singing the part of the townspeople on stage were speaking the minds of the real audience out beyond the footlights.’
    • ‘And his will be a hard act to follow: the footlights are bright with public attention, the script well known, and the chorus voices primed for their cue.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say they are excellently put across the footlights.’
    • ‘The appearance of pity and fear on both sides of the footlights seems not to rule out catharsis as a principle in dramatic criticism.’
    • ‘It is entirely up to the dancer to create the atmosphere… to project or translate the choreography across the footlights in a manner that is meaningful for the audience.’
    • ‘That got lost before it crossed the footlights.’
    • ‘While novelty ignites temporary enthusiasm on both sides of the footlights, the Washington Ballet's most urgent need would seem to be productions of proven old works.’
    • ‘But instead of acting, he is on the other side of the footlights, and he is finding that the pressure is greater in his new role.’