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You need three things in theatre - the play, the actors, and the audience, and each must give something. - Kenneth Haigh

The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation. - Stella Adler

Acting is not a state of being ... but a state of appearing to be. You can't be eight times a week without going stark staring mad. You've got to be in control. - Noel Coward

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. - Oscar Wilde

Good actors are good because of the things they can tell us without talking. When they are talking, they are the servants of the dramatist. It is what they can show the audience when they are not talking that reveals the fine actor. - Cedrick Hardwicke

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. - Oscar Wilde

In the theatre, a hero is one who believes that all women are ladies, a villain one who believes that all ladies are women. - George Jean Nathan

What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending. - William Dean Howells

You ask my advice about acting? Speak clearly, don't bump into the furniture and if you must have motivation, think of your pay packet on Friday. - Noel Coward