Definition of theatrical in English:

theatrical

adjective

  • 1Relating to acting, actors, or the theatre.

    ‘theatrical productions’
    • ‘His stepfather, Ludwig Geyer, was an actor who roped the whole family into theatrical productions.’
    • ‘In the 20 or 25 years of his theatrical career, Shakespeare produced 37 plays.’
    • ‘In a play packed with theatrical metaphors, he suggests even dictators are actors.’
    • ‘Yes, Baltinglass Amateur Dramatics are back with a theatrical treat for us.’
    • ‘Fair enough, he criticises the theatrical performance, the acting, the drama, the setting.’
    • ‘He has recently performed in successful theatrical productions of Beau Brummel and Sleuth in the West End.’
    • ‘Mercer's dialogue required highly accomplished actors with years of theatrical experience.’
    • ‘The long silences really worked in a theatrical space.’
    • ‘Powell's dramatic presence is obvious and his theatrical contribution assisted greatly in telling the story.’
    • ‘In the end the play seems less a debate about modern art than a clever theatrical con trick in which we, like Adam, emerge decisively duped.’
    • ‘This is the theatrical equivalent of the whodunnit you buy at the airport as you go on holiday.’
    • ‘One of the greatest theatrical comebacks ever is about to be staged in the East End.’
    • ‘The company had an imaginative director and two budding theatrical costumiers who saved the day.’
    • ‘Much as I admire the new theatrical economy, I also feel a lot of American drama suffers from a telescoped urgency.’
    • ‘Schlusser has chosen a deliberately anarchic style for the story, subverting theatrical convention for effect.’
    • ‘This was Siobhan's first major role in a theatrical production.’
    • ‘To some, he is a theatrical god, to others, an egotistical showman.’
    • ‘The basic conditions of theatrical performance force actors to use words and signs that the audience can understand.’
    • ‘I'm sure that he has appeared in many fine theatrical productions during his long career as actor.’
    • ‘The appeal of The Producers as a musical was its wicked wish to mock the whole pantomime of theatrical production and all who play in it.’
    • ‘He pulled and pushed at the social and theatrical conventions of his day and constantly experimented with new dramatic form and technique.’
    • ‘It by no means has the same effect eighty years later but the entertaining allegory remains a stimulating theatrical event.’
    stage, dramatic, thespian, dramaturgical
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    1. 1.1 Exaggerated and excessively dramatic.
      ‘Henry looked over his shoulder with theatrical caution’
      • ‘Try the theatrical manner in which the player fell to the ground clutching his face after an elbow had brushed his cheek.’
      • ‘He begins by telling me, in his theatrical manner, what attracted him to Sutton in the first place.’
      • ‘It's an undeniably theatrical production, as flamboyant as a Broadway musical.’
      • ‘‘Behold the wrath of a woman wronged!’ he stated in a theatrical manner, arms extended in front of him and palms upturned and pointing towards me.’
      • ‘Illuminated by a giant spotlight, Leon made a theatrical entrance to dramatic music.’
      • ‘Audience members left in a manner more theatrical than anything they had been watching.’
      • ‘Perhaps the music is theatrical and dramatic, and that is what it's all about.’
      • ‘Frequently theatrical and melodramatic, it captured the tensions of wartime Britain, thriving in enforced isolation.’
      • ‘Jackson shrugs his shoulders and waves his fingers in the air in a wild, gesticulating, heavily theatrical manner.’
      • ‘I wanted to have a show where I can dance and be more dramatic, theatrical.’
      • ‘Her interpretations are dramatic, even theatrical, but never ‘over the top’.’
      • ‘He opted for a strong theatrical style, exaggerating every tone and gesture and playing with great energy and ebullience.’
      exaggerated, ostentatious, actressy, stagy, showy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overripe, histrionic, actorly, affected, mannered, artificial, stilted, unreal, forced
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noun

  • A professional actor or actress.

    ‘a boarding house that catered for theatricals’
    • ‘Yes, I can just see myself at a home for retired theatricals, beret on at a rakish angle, red shoes, lipstick up to my nose, telling people how fantastic I was at the Royal Shakespeare Company.’
    • ‘She was the late, loved Dame Thora Hird, who lived the last months of her life in Brinsworth House home for retired theatricals.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek theatrikos (from theatron ‘theatre’) + -al.

Pronunciation

theatrical

/θɪˈatrɪk(ə)l/