Definition of front of house in English:

front of house

phrase

British
  • 1The parts of a theatre in front of the proscenium arch.

    ‘new seating will be installed and the front of house will be improved’
    • ‘At last wheelchair users can access the auditorium, with a lift installed in the front of house.’
    • ‘At the front of house, the bars would be improved and behind the scenes, the dressing rooms would be refurbished.’
    • ‘Now the council is requesting a more modest £5m split between both sources which it will match in order to complete a badly needed upgrade of the front of house and backstage areas.’
    1. 1.1 The business of a theatre that concerns the audience, such as ticket sales.
      ‘she runs front of house with maternal amiability’
      as modifier ‘a front-of-house manager’
      • ‘The front-of-house staff kept trying to hurry the man, but he would not be rushed.’
      • ‘As with all success there is the unseen background work and all involved are indebted for the support network which took charge of front of house, back stage, prompting, stage management, ticket booking office, raffle et.’
      • ‘All in all, a very creditable and happy show by everyone involved, the actors, musicians, front of house, tea persons and ticket sellers.’
      • ‘To those also who gave freely of their time to assist in front of house and back stage.’
      • ‘We also need helpers for backstage and front of house, publicity etc.’
      • ‘The members are all involved in staging a play from building the set, organising props, lighting, costumes and front of house, as well as acting and directing.’
      • ‘This includes directing, lighting, costume-making, choreography, front of house as well as performing on-stage.’
      • ‘It is well known for getting people involved in its ventures, whether through holding workshops, helping with set building or working the front of house.’
      • ‘The organisation is looking for people in all areas, such as committee, back stage, front of house, costumes, make up, set painting, etc.’
      • ‘As with the youth project, Phase II is designed to give a true taste of professional theatre and all its disciplines, including backstage and front of house.’

Pronunciation

front of house

/ˈfrʌnt əv ˌhaʊs/