Definition of repertory in US English:



  • 1The performance of various plays, operas, or ballets by a company at regular short intervals.

    as modifier ‘a repertory actor’
    • ‘Sonya Delwaide's Chuchotements and Joanna Haigood's Descending Cords have become standards, and both repertory pieces were beautifully performed.’
    • ‘Don Quixote entered the Boston Ballet repertory in 1982, with Rudolf Nureyev's staging.’
    • ‘She shares the role in the CanStage production in repertory with white actor Caroline Cave.’
    • ‘The production is back in repertory and still well worth attending, even though there are several alterations, not all of them for the better.’
    • ‘Asfb begins its first season in August, with four weeks of mixed repertory performances in Santa Fe.’
    • ‘A preponderance of live music met the art deco glory of the Paramount Theatre on opening night of Oakland Ballet's third fall repertory program.’
    • ‘And in choice of both repertory and production styles, the company's tradition is to be exploratory and innovative.’
    • ‘Brian Wright started writing for theatre, television and radio after several years acting in repertory, cabaret and the West End, including a year in Beyond the Fringe.’
    • ‘What a tour de force in a theater hardly equipped to carry off this sort of repertory schedule: the stagehands must have a lot of sleepless nights!’
    • ‘By juxtaposing older repertory works with a premiere, these veteran Bay Area-based dancemakers offered some sense of their artistic development.’
    • ‘In the later 1700s Covent Garden and Drury Lane continued to provide English operas as part of the six days a week theatrical repertory.’
    • ‘I think that premieres and twentieth-century repertory are signs of a progressive spirit; I don't think the same of director-driven opera.’
    • ‘Three shows, described as a Gay Pride Season of Musical Cabaret, will be running in repertory for four weeks at the Jermyn Street Theatre, starting July 8.’
    • ‘End of Civilization has now joined Adult Entertainment, a companion play from George F. Walker's Suburban Motel series, in repertory at Factory Theatre.’
    • ‘Ruskin Place is Seaside's ‘artist colony,’ with mixed-use buildings and a lawn for the town's repertory theater performances and art shows.’
    • ‘North Carolina, the company will perform repertory works July 20-22, including Esplanade and Arabesque.’
    • ‘I love the respect for film that London has, having a National Film Theatre, how all the movie theatres show repertory on the weekends.’
    • ‘Because of this hodgepodge, the Theatre français de Toronto relies on classical repertory plays such as those by Michel Tremblay that the audience knows.’
    • ‘It set me to thinking about how reactions to the performances of repertory standards have become increasingly generational over the years, and how much expectations have changed.’
    • ‘After war service he co-directed with Olivier four fabled repertory seasons by the Old Vic Company in the West End: his great Shakespearian creation was Falstaff in both parts of Henry IV.’
    1. 1.1 Repertory theaters regarded collectively.
      • ‘Start getting experience with fringe shows and repertory theatres, particularly those with young designer programmes.’
      • ‘As in repertory theater, actors were required to supply their own costumes, and do their own make-up.’
      • ‘It was such an enormous success that it not only became a staple of Drury Lane's repertory but was also performed at Lincoln's Inn Fields and elsewhere.’
      • ‘The regional repertory theatres, which had spread throughout Britain after the war, were often adventurous.’
      • ‘A day in the life of a provincial repertory theatre company, who are visited by the author of their next play.’
      • ‘When I graduated, I got jobs in professional theatres, repertory, and stock theatres in Canada for a couple of years.’
      • ‘He entered repertory theatre in the late 1940s as an actor, and then worked as a racing driver and manager for the internationally successful Stirling Moss.’
      • ‘Despite these differences, film production was similar to the mode of production in theatrical repertory theaters.’
      • ‘The National Film Theatre is one of the best repertory film theatres in London - though less adventurous than the ICA or than it used to be itself.’
      • ‘He became the first director of Liverpool repertory theatre in 1911, and in 1918 he was awarded an MBE for his services to national entertainment during the First World War.’
      store, supply, stockpile, reserve, hoard, cache, reservoir, accumulation, quantity, pile, heap, load
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    2. 1.2 A repertory company.
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    another term for repertoire
    • ‘After years of backsliding, the New York City Ballet has recaptured the precision that its signature Balanchine repertory demands.’
    • ‘For a while, it was one of the most frequently performed operas in the repertory, but its popularity has waned lately and the Metropolitan's current revival almost makes it seem like a novelty.’
    • ‘Both of Alban Berg's operas rank as James Levine specialties, and both are in the Metropolitan's repertory this season for a few performances each.’
    • ‘Canterbury Choral Society is one of those substantial choruses in Britain that can tackle the biggest works in the repertory with absolute confidence.’
    • ‘The Washington Ballet's varied repertory attracted Gaither too.’
    • ‘If one looks hard, a small but viable repertory of choice American operas does exist.’
    • ‘I also had twenty Mozart Concerti in my repertory.’
    • ‘A credential-laden custodian of the Tudor repertory, Donald Mahler, was entrusted with the staging so that nothing would be lost in the translation.’
    • ‘The first woman pupil of Stanford at the Royal College of Music, she was also one of the leading viola-players of her time, and her prize-winning Viola Sonata is now firmly re-established in the regular repertory.’
    • ‘Porgy must be one of the longest and most physically demanding roles in the repertory, and Alvy Powell meets the challenge eloquently despite occasional traces of vocal strain.’
    • ‘Classic FM, Naxos and even some programmes on Radio 3 have emphasised repertory over performer, leaving new music without popular, trusted advocates.’
    • ‘For reasons having little to do with music, none of the dances here have held on to the repertory, as the Stravinsky and Copland ballets have, for example.’
    • ‘As an avid dance fan, I'm amazed at the vast repertory that ballet dancers must perform.’
    • ‘In much of the current Ballet Tech repertory, of course, the issue of first-class classical-dance capability doesn't arise.’
    • ‘It's not merely worth the occasional revival; it should be part of the active repertory of every major opera house.’
    • ‘The Staatsoper, with its historical Russian connection and classical repertory of romantic/narrative ballets, provides an anchor to tradition.’
    • ‘Its repertory featured Ballet Imperial, Concerto Barocco, Billy the Kid, The Filling Station, and Apollon musagète.’
    • ‘The tide is turning on some of these questions, and the growth of ABT's dramatic ballet repertory is a good context for looking back at our recent past.’
    • ‘Slatkin has a great reputation for his performances of the British repertory.’
    • ‘We have a lot of ballets in our repertory, and we keep adding new ones.’
    1. 2.1 A repository or collection, especially of information or retrievable examples.
      • ‘I blanch only slightly when the Wigmore Hall is referred to as a museum: after all, much of our repertory is from the 18th and 19th centuries.’
      store, storing place, storehouse, depository
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Mid 16th century (denoting an index or catalog): from late Latin repertorium, from Latin repert- ‘found, discovered’, from the verb reperire. Sense 1 (arising from the fact that a company has a ‘repertory’ of pieces for performance) dates from the late 19th century.