Definition of read-through in US English:



  • An initial rehearsal of a play at which actors read their parts from scripts.

    • ‘Six scripts will be selected for the next stage of read-throughs and workshops with the participating theatres.’
    • ‘We see the script read-through, which reveals Lee's excellent working relationship with his cast.’
    • ‘‘Everyone who works there is welcome to attend the read-through: it's the only theatre that does that, and I've never encountered that before, but it means everyone feels like it is their play,’ she says.’
    • ‘Your writer has done a small disservice to our craft of acting by making it look like all actors do is have a round-table read-through and giggle and magically an episode appears.’
    • ‘But the cast is ‘way more comfortable than their peers’ with such issues, Martin realized, especially when he found them discussing gay rights with a positive slant at the read-through.’
    • ‘At the read-through, she hid behind her script.’
    • ‘Sue and I have a few scenes together this time around but often we only meet at read-throughs.’
    • ‘The first read-through having gone well, the actors were given a half-hour break before coming back to rehearsal; only Clark stayed behind, not in the mood for walking around with the others.’
    • ‘After reading it through for the fiftieth time I started to hallucinate and after another couple of read-throughs I very nearly gave up the will to live).’
    • ‘These are a little complicated, and it took me a few read-throughs to figure it out.’
    • ‘It's the same Wednesday read-throughs, and the scripts have to be in Tuesday and the rehearsal done on Friday.’
    • ‘After the first read-through, the star demands rewrites.’
    • ‘Six scripts will be selected for development - this stage will involve read-throughs and workshops with the participating theatres.’
    • ‘Anyone keen to audition is welcome to attend a read-through at the school tonight at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘Yeah, we had read-throughs every week during the writing sessions, and everyone got to give notes on everything.’
    • ‘I love that you point out the silly typos I continue to miss even after many read-throughs.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night we'll start off with a read-through with full cast, at seven-thirty.’
    • ‘If the read-through goes well, I'll assume everything's going to be fine.’
    • ‘The money will help cover solicitor's fees, read-throughs, director and creative team fees, and generally get the show up on its feet.’
    • ‘The cast moved seats into a circle for the first read-through of their scripts.’
    inspect, examine, check, monitor, read through, look through, scan, run through, cast an eye over, leaf through, flick through, flip through, browse, give someone a once-over, give someone the once-over, give something a once-over, give something the once-over, take stock of, view, peruse
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