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National Theatre Quotes


"I've done a lot of costume drama and theatre - the National Theatre and In fact, most of my work at the theatre, at the National Theatre anyway, was period." - Brenda Blethyn

"I would have started the National Actors Theatre 30 years earlier" - Tony Randall

"American politics is theatre. There is a frightening emotionalism at national conventions." - Robert Dallek

"I would have started the National Actors Theatre 30 years earlier." - Tony Randall

"I'm at the National Theatre School, which is like the Juilliard of Canada." - Jake Epstein

"I never achieved my first goal in the National Actors Theatre, which is to have a permanent Acting Company" - Tony Randall

"Working at the National Theatre is just wonderful. There is no place like the South Bank on a summer's afternoon." - David Harewood

"I never achieved my first goal in the National Actors Theatre, which is to have a permanent Acting Company." - Tony Randall

"I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly." - Howard Barker

"Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French." - Cyril Cusack

"I just wanted to be one of those actors who works at the National Theatre the whole time." - Robert Emms

"The National Youth Theatre did one very simple but incredible thing for me: it made me realise I had choices." - Gina Mckee

"I'd auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and I didn't get a place and it was terrifying." - Matthew Macfadyen

"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"I've never done stand-up; I came via small-scale touring theatre, through the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, then I got employed on that as an actor who had a humorous sensibility." - Mark Williams

"Places like the National Theatre or Sheffield, these great engines of theatre, make us cutting edge because they can be experimental. They can do plays that nobody else can afford to do in ways nobody else can afford to do." - Toby Stephens

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"National injustice is the surest road to national downfall." - William E Gladstone

"I worked in rep for six years, then I came to London and to the National Theatre. What's better than that" - Imelda Staunton

"I had a very nice, cozy childhood. I did lots of plays at school and worked with the National Youth Theatre as a teenager." - Lucy Punch

"I worked in rep for six years, then I came to London and to the National Theatre. What's better than that?" - Imelda Staunton

"Baseball is our national game." - Calvin Coolidge

"The national pastime is juiced," - Jose Canseco

"Immigration security is national security." - Kellyanne Conway

"There is no national science, just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science." - Anton Chekhov

"The happy ending is our national belief." - Mary Mccarthy

"Culture Clash is a national treasure." - Philip Kan Gotanda

"War is the national industry of Prussia." - Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

"National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius." - Henry Tuckerman

"The National League is baseball to me." - Kerry Wood

"It has become an ongoing national joke." - Charles Thomson

"It has become an ongoing national joke." - Billy Childish

"Overcriminalization has become a national plague." - George Will

"I've been proud to be national champion." - David Millar

"Gross National Product is our Holy Grail." - Stewart Udall

"Soon I worked during twelve years in theater works of the prestigious Theatre National Populaire. It was the best time of my life, the most difficult, the most interesting, the most exciting." - Maurice Jarre

"My teachers encouraged me to audition for some professional work during our summer vacation. I landed my first job. It was for the National Theatre Company's Mimika Pantomime troupe. I ended up touring with them for the next two years." - Didi Conn

"I started elocution lessons because I was being teased, and I had a brilliant drama teacher. At the age of 14, I appeared at the National Theatre in 'The Crucible.'" - Gina Bellman

"The deaf community is in a favorable position because they have a national theatre and training groups of their own to get them started. Deaf actors have often acquired very valuable skills and experience before they get their break." - Richard Masur

"A perfect weekend in London has to start on Friday night, by going to the theatre, the Donmar or the National. It's a cliche for an actor, but I enjoy going as much as possible." - Helen Mccrory

"My old manager of the Irish National Theatre said 'Don't worry about being a star, just worry about being a working actor. Just keep working.' I think that's really good advice." - Colm Meaney

"I spent two years in the military service, then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre, though, and then I was definitely on my way." - Anthony Hopkins

"I was very lucky. I left college, and Richard Eyre was in charge of the National Theatre. I was offered the lead in 'The Seagull' with no experience and went on to do five plays there." - Helen Mccrory

"I don't see the theater as an establishment. The National Theatre has always seemed to me a people's theater. It was never meant to reinforce the values of the government of the day, nor does it, nor should it." - David Hare

"When you combine the men and women deployed from our military installations with activated reservists and members of the National Guard, Georgia is contributing more personnel to the theatre than any other State in our Union." - Sonny Perdue

"My parents say it all began with my role of Percy the Polar Bear back in nursery school! I began dance classes at the age of five (you would never guess though) and then I went on to join my local theatre group, Glantawe Players, at the age of eight and then Swansea Amateur Dramatics Society. I then joined the National Youth Music Theatre, so I really can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in Musical Theatre!" - Francesca Jackson

"We must infuse our lives with art. Our national leaders must be informed that we want them to use our taxes to support street theatre in order to oppose street gangs. We should have a well-supported regional theatre in order to oppose regionalism and." - Maya Angelou

"And people are so het up about the fact I'm in the theatre - it's like, 'Ooh these telly names, can they be any good?' I came out of RADA and my first job was at the National Theatre, but everyone wonders if I can cope. It makes me laugh." - Joanna Page

"In Britain, the theatre has traditionally been where the public goes to think about its past and debate its future. The formation of the National Theatre, at the Old Vic, near the South Bank, in 1963, institutionalized the symbolic importance of drama by giving it both a building and state funding." - John Lahr

"I love the theatre and theatre people." - Cyril Cusack

"National events determine our ideals, as much as our ideals determine national events." - Jane Addams

"The National Organization of Women is the national organization of witches." - Jerry Falwell

"Unemployment is bigger than a political party. It is a national danger and a national scandal." - Ellen Wilkinson

"Modest about our national pride - and inordinately proud of our national modesty." - Ian Hislop

"Mercury pollution from power plants is a national problem that requires a national response" - Tom Allen

"Let no one ever think for a moment that national debate means national division." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Theatre is immediate gratification" - Chita Rivera

"Theatre is immediate gratification." - Chita Rivera

"Nobody ever wins the National Open. Somebody loses it." - Bobby Jones

"We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions..." - George Washington

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"FC Barcelona is the national team of Catalonia" - Carles Puyol

"Heartbreak is the national anthem. We sing it proudly." - Taylor Swift

"Chinese national Internet policy is very simple: Block and clone." - Michael Anti

"I will open an era of grand national unity." - Park Geun-hye

"Bless the children, for the national debt is theirs." - Herbert Hoover

"I'm sorry I'm crying again on national television." - Kelly Clarkson

"Golf: The most ... perfect expression of National Stupidity." - Max Beerbohm

"I'd like to get into the National Guard." - Dan Quayle

"Peace is a national issue, not only government's responsibility." - Ashraf Ghani

"We would rather starve than sell our national honor." - Indira Gandhi

"Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries." - Ambrose Bierce

"We now have a national reputation for corruption." - Chris Redfern

"Queen Victoria - a mixture of national landlady and actress." - V S Pritchett

"Welfare is ... the victim of national compassion fatigue." - Ellen Goodman

"All Americans suffer from anxiety; it's a national disease." - Helen Nielsen

"The liberal agenda is the blueprint for national ruin." - James Cook

"Without establishing national laws, how can you suppress the rebellion?" - Ma Hongkui

"Driver's licenses are a crucial national security issue." - Phyllis Schlafly

"National borders aren't even speed bumps on the information superhighway." - Tim May

"Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish" - Robin Cook

"Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children." - Walt Disney

"I am an instigator of the national energies." - A. C. Cuza

"America has two national budgets, one official, one unofficial." - Matt Taibbi

"My very first magazine cover was the National Enquirer." - Carrie Underwood

"'National Security' is the root password to the Constitution." - Phil Karn

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"All upright Germans will be National Socialists, but only the best National Socialists will be party members!" - Adolf Hitler

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"Higher education is booming in the United States; the Gross National Mind is mounting along with the Gross National Product." - Malcolm Muggeridge

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"The theatre, our theatre, comes from the Greeks" - Edward Bond

"You don't choose the theatre; The theatre choses you" - Susan Sullivan

"The theatre, our theatre, comes from the Greeks." - Edward Bond

"I want to do theatre. I love theatre." - Heath Ledger

"My dad was a fairy," said Zach. "And by that I don't mean he dressed well and enjoyed musical theatre." - Ben Aaronovitch

"I'm not real. I'm theatre" - Lady Gaga

"I don't see enough theatre." - Luke Evans

"I trained in the theatre." - Danny Boyle

"Theatre was always my passion." - Stephen Moyer

"There's little money in theatre." - Cyrus Broacha

"If I were a place, the area of South Bank, in London. Between the Hayward Gallery, National Theatre and all other activities, I'm never bored. I would also say New York for the breathtaking skyline formed by the buildings and the fast pace of the city, whatever the time of day." - Robert Pattinson

"I think the writer's quite low down in the hierarchy really. But the fact that they took the piss out of Nicholas [Hynter] who, besides being the director, is also director of the National Theatre is, I'd have thought, slightly more risky." - Alan Bennett

"Getting the call to be in The Goblet of Fire was like being welcomed into the most exclusive upper circle of some elite actors' club. You sit on set with the cream of the National Theatre and the RSC, all clutching wands or wearing witches' hats." - David Tennant

"Broadway remains the closest thing we have to a national theatre, the place where the greatest number of people can potentially see new work. For an American playwright to say it doesn't matter is simply to capitulate to the current situation." - Tony Kushner

"I hear that the no-smoking crowd are now operating at the National. Surely that sort of mentality doesn't belong in a theatre, it isn't a place where you impose rules on people, it's a dirty radical place where an actor can work with a fag in his hand." - Michael Gambon

"I became an actor by doing school plays and youth theaters, and then National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. And then I did study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. For me that was a good way to enter the field, to work in the theater." - Chiwetel Ejiofor

"There is in our society a gulf opening up, a kind of cultural apartheid, between those who are brought up to feel our national culture is theirs, to take ownership of it, and enjoy the privileges of that, and those who are completely disfranchised, those - for example - who will never be taken to the theatre to see Shakespeare." - Richard Eyre

"I just love performing so much, and I threw myself into every musical theater production that was going in my home town and at school. And then, I went to the National Youth Music Theatre, which was really a galvanizing experience for me when I was 17." - Gugu Mbatharaw

"As far as I'm concerned, an audience is an audience. Whether it's an audience in Hull or the National Theatre, that's who you play to. It's not money - it's good to get some, but that's not why I do it. You do it because you have to, to tell a story." - Sylvester Mccoy

"The first time I came to London on my own, I was 15. I was absolutely oblivious to so many things. I had no expectations, no fears. I just came to do a National Youth Theatre season one summer. It was just brilliant." - Gina Mckee

"When I was 16, I played Macbeth at school and my English teacher said, 'I think you may have acting talent. Try to get into the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and see where you get.' I wouldn't have thought of that at all. I wanted to be a surgeon, but I wasn't a clever man." - David Suchet

"I did a lot of theatre when I started out. It was the Lyceum, the Citz, the Tron and the Traverse. I came to London and did the Royal Court, the National, 'King Lear' at the Manchester Royal Exchange. I did little bits of comedy, like 'Rab C Nesbitt,' but I wasn't predominantly about comedy." - Ashley Jensen

"I don't even think places like the National Youth Theatre (NYT) are necessarily about wanting to be an actor when you grow up. They're about meeting people from different backgrounds and different religions and different cultures, and mixing with people that you wouldn't ordinarily meet." - Ashley Jensen

"In much postmodern theatre ... the line between theatre and non-theatre is deliberately erased." - Jeremy Begbie

"Those concerns of a national character-such as air and water pollution that do not respect state boundaries, or the national transportation system, or efforts to safeguard your civil liberties-must, of course, be handled on the national level." - Ronald Reagan

"Baseball is not a conventional industry. It belongs neither to the players nor management, but to all of us. It is our national pastime, our national symbol, and our national treasure." - John Thorn

"We need fundamental change. In the past, national development led to people's happiness but now the link between national growth and improvement in people's lives has been severed." - Park Geun-hye

"America has had gifted conservative statesmen and national leaders. But with few exceptions, only the liberals have gone down in history as national heroes." - Gunnar Myrdal

"They're still a subject beholden to special interests, but at least they have a national constituency. At least they have to think about national majorities." - Mark Shields

"No nation ought to be without a debt. A national debt is a national bond; and when it bears no interest, is in no case a grievance." - Thomas Paine

"Forms of government are forged mainly in the fire of practice, not in the vacuum of theory. They respond to national character and to national realities." - George F Kennan

"To talk only about national security, national defense, means to be selfish, ambitious. It is discrimination, isolation. "It is just me. What do I care about others?"" - Evo Morales

"National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy, and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice." - Samuel Smiles

"In this age when there can be no losers in peace and no victors in war; we must recognize the obligation to match national strength with national restraint." - Lyndon B Johnson

"You know obviously a big TV or film break would be lovely, but I find that I'm essentially a theatre trained actor and that's what I love doing. I love fringe theatres in London, I love theatres like the Royal Court, Soho and the National obviously and if I could work in any of those and be a jobbing actor for a while then I'm very lucky." - Kit Harington

"Personally, I'd like as many children as I can pop out, I reckon. You come from a happy family; you want to create a happy family. And in the same breath, I'd like to be on stage at England's National Theatre, doing Miller and Chekhov. Give me a Sam Mendes/Tennessee Williams combination-that would be glorious. And to be making some Oscar-worthy movies with Scorsese. I'm always looking for the hard road. That way, you remain interested and interesting. Hopefully." - Emilia Clarke

"You know obviously a big TV or film break would be lovely, but I find that I'm essentially a theatre trained actor and that's what I love doing. I love fringe theatres in London, I love theatres like the Royal Court, Soho and the National obviously and if I could work in any of those and be a jobbing actor for a while then I'm very lucky." - Kit Harington

"I was doing a show at the National Youth Theatre, playing an old man. Before that I had played fat clowns and I thought, 'If I want to have the career I would like, I am going to have to lose weight.' I was just starting drama school, and found I was moving around a lot. I also started to eat sensibly. The weight just dropped off." - Harry Melling

"If you want more people to come to the theatre, don't put the prices at 50. You have to make theatre inclusive, and at the moment the prices are exclusive. Putting TV stars in plays just to get people in is wrong. You have to have the right people in the right parts. Stunt casting and being gimmicky does the theatre a great disservice. You have to lure people by getting them excited about a theatrical experience." - Catherine Tate

"I trained in the theatre and I love the theatre. I get such a thrill seeing anything in the theatre." - Ewan Mcgregor

"Chess and theatre often lead to madness." - Fernando Arrabal

"But theatre is always a difficult experience" - Isabelle Huppert

"The great theatre for virtue is conscience." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"As in a theatre, the eyes of men, after a well-graced actor leaves the stage, are idly bent on him that enters next." - William Shakespeare

"Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view." - John Milton

"You can only do so much theatre." - Victor Garber

"I am a huge theatre geek." - Sarah Rafferty

"Musical theatre is my first love." - Laura Benanti

"I'd love to teach theatre arts." - Enrico Colantoni

"I grew up performing in theatre." - Valorie Curry

"Theatre just fills me up so much." - Lea Michele

"I am essentially someone who comes from the theatre. I love the theatre. Unfortunately, theatre doesn't pay the bills. Only in theatre abroad, I get a wage." - Kabir Bedi

"Something about theatre perhaps scared me." - James Nesbitt

"I grew up in the theatre." - Jeremy Piven

"There's something wholesome about the theatre." - Ian Mckellen

"I have such a passion for theatre." - Nicole Trunfio

"My heroes were all in the theatre." - Damian Lewis

"Theatre gives you wings as an actor." - Randeep Hooda

"But theatre is always a difficult experience." - Isabelle Huppert



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