Definition of playhouse in English:



  • 1A theatre.

    ‘the Oxford Playhouse’
    • ‘James Burbage built the first dedicated playhouse, dubbing it the ‘Theatre’.’
    • ‘In 1576 a businessman, James Burbage, built a playhouse, called simply The Theatre, in Shoreditch.’
    • ‘This was the actor from the last time I had visited the playhouse!’
    • ‘Rob Bennett loved the challenge of designing a playhouse to suit his Victorian home in Indiana.’
    • ‘Early playhouses such as the Theatre and the Curtain had no substantial cover over the stage, only a turret-like tiring house with perhaps a short pentice extension.’
    • ‘Dean, you made it sound like you were performing at the local playhouse… not the fair!’
    • ‘He was the most famous Dutch painter of the 18th century, but he started out as an actor in the Amsterdam playhouse and he continued to paint stage sets after he had turned to full-time painting in 1723.’
    • ‘The playhouses where Shakespeare worked (the Theatre, the Rose, the Globe, and possibly some others) resounded with the clash of arms and the noise of cannon fire.’
    • ‘The streets were filled with alehouses, gambling dens and brothels, and the public was entertained by street performers, playhouses, and spectacles such as bear baiting.’
    • ‘Davenant had, in fact, received a Royal patent in 1639 to build a new playhouse to perform plays and musical entertainments, but the Civil War intervened.’
    • ‘The trust now says the only way to keep the theatre running is to construct a new building, which means demolishing the playhouse.’
    • ‘Viewing the drama and the playhouses as destructive of virtue and provocative of vice, the Puritans wished to close them down - a threat to Shakespeare's art and livelihood.’
    • ‘Weitzenhoffer's team said: ‘The idea of producing and presenting great theatre in these historic playhouses, as owners, is thrilling.’’
    • ‘The play is being performed in the playhouse's intimate Salberg Studio.’
    • ‘And those riots were often directed at playhouses in Shakespeare's day.’
    • ‘The popularity of the theatre in Georgian London was so significant that by the 1760s we believe there to have been over 12 000 theatregoers a week attending playhouses.’
    • ‘Whether it is an in-house presentation or a visiting production company, this tiny playhouse manages to give more than value for money.’
    • ‘By the time she had arrived at the playhouse, the actors had taken their lunch break.’
    • ‘Individual dressing rooms were not a feature of Elizabethan playhouses, so actors were to dress in whatever open space they could find.’
    • ‘It might be big business in some of our larger playhouses, but elsewhere around the country theatres are developing a new tradition of Christmas children's show.’
    auditorium, amphitheatre, hippodrome, coliseum
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  • 2A toy house for children to play in.

    • ‘Everything was pink and flowery and Ruby had told the truth - her bed was built into a massive playhouse built into the center of the large room.’
    • ‘Although much larger, the main house has the same spirit as the playhouse - both are sanctuaries where everyone who walks in feels like one of the family.’
    • ‘Keep large plastic toys, like playhouses and slides, outdoors or at least away from your child's sleeping area.’
    • ‘Full-time carer Amanda said: ‘The playhouse was crammed with toys, everything from bikes and scooters to dolls and balls.’’
    • ‘One night they went on a walk to a playhouse they had played in when they were little kids, and just laid down on the ground of it, and began talking, as usual, about everything.’
    • ‘It was a fairly large room, painted a soft yellow and filled with toys of all sorts: trains, teddy bears, building blocks, coloring books, crayons, playhouses, toy soldiers, paint sets, picture books, and many, many dolls.’
    • ‘An outside area will include a playhouse, ride on toys and container gardening.’
    • ‘The roof of one house had caved in and a children's playhouse, which four children had slept in a few days earlier, was a burnt-out shell.’
    • ‘Tall trees ensure it is not overlooked from the back and it includes a timber shed and playhouse and a boiler house.’
    • ‘When he was four years old, a little girl in his pre-school class taunted him from the top of a playhouse that he was ‘too little’ to ever climb that high.’
    • ‘Ophelia was outside the little playhouse at 6: 00 AM the next morning.’