“I don’t rehearse films as much as opera or theatre. When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea. Experience showed me that the best performance was often left in a rehearsal room.”

Bruce Beresford

“Although the theater is not life, it is composed of fragments or imitations of life, and people on both sides of the footlight have to unite to make the fragments whole and the imitations genuine.”

Brooks Atkinson

“Good plays drive bad playgoers crazy.”

Brooks Atkinson

“The idea of doing theatre always terrified me because I get terrible stage fright. In the early 1970s I was offered a panto but the thought of going on stage was just too mortifying.”

 

Britt Ekland

“Feudal societies don’t create great cinema; we have great theatre. The egalitarian societies create great cinema. The Americans, the French. Because equality is sort of what the cinema deals with. It deals with stories which don’t fall into ‘Everybody in their place and who’s who,’ and all that. But the theatre’s full of that.”

 

Brian Cox

“We had a food store at the theatre and I used to pinch food. I pinched some trousers and shirts to keep me going but they would wear out. I was virtually on the breadline.”

 

Brian Blessed

“I almost failed drama at school. I hated it. It was all about the history of theatre.”

Brenton Thwaites

“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

“We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema – some actors don’t like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.”

 

Boris Spassky

“We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema – some actors don’t like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.”

 

Boris Spassky

“We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema – some actors don’t like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.”

 

Boris Spassky

“There’s a great charm in theatre; I enjoyed doing it for twelve years and did lots of plays. At this chapter of my life, I am a cinema actor, and I would like to continue to be so, and at some point I would return to the theatre.”

 

Boman Irani

“When I see someone filming me, I don’t usually think, ‘No, man, don’t put this up online!’ I’d think, ‘Hey man, you don’t get to go to shows very often, put down the camera and enjoy it!’ I love going to theatre and to shows so much.”

 

Bo Burnham

“You learn more discipline in the theatre than you do in movies or TV. You’re on stage every night and you have to sustain your energy level tor several hours.”

 

Blythe Danner

“When I see someone filming me, I don’t usually think, ‘No, man, don’t put this up online!’ I’d think, ‘Hey man, you don’t get to go to shows very often, put down the camera and enjoy it!’ I love going to theatre and to shows so much.”

Bo Burnham

“You learn more discipline in the theatre than you do in movies or TV. You’re on stage every night and you have to sustain your energy level tor several hours.”

Blythe Danner

“We didn’t have a movie theatre until I was about nine, so I just didn’t see them. But, once I got into movies I loved them.”

 

Billy Bob Thornton

“I think in the old days, everybody used to act really quickly because Hollywood was built by theatre people.”

 

Bill Nighy

“I went to the Glasgow Youth Theatre and they just let me in. But I was so shy that I was there for about six weeks without actually introducing myself.”

 

Bill Forsyth

“Pray to God and say the lines.”

 

Bette Davis