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French Theater Vocabulary

French Theater Vocabulary

This page offers a complete list of French theatre vocabulary, including words such as le théâtre (theater), une pièce (play), un acteur (actor) and une scène (scene). Below the vocabulary list we’ve included a list of useful phrases for the theater.

Actors in a play
  • act un acte
  • aisle seat une place côté couloir
  • applause l’applaudissement (m)
  • aside un aparté
  • audience les spectateurs (m, pl), le public
  • backdrop le décor, l’arrière-plan (m)
  • backstage en coulisses
  • balcony le balcon
  • cast les acteurs (m), les comédiens (m)
  • actor/actress un acteur, une actrice, comédien, comédienne
  • comedy une comédie
  • costume un costume
  • curtain un rideau de scène
  • drama un drame
  • encore un rappel
  • hero un héros
  • heroine une héroïne
  • intermission un entracte
  • leading role le premier rôle
  • lobby le hall
  • makeup le maquillage
  • mime un(e) mime
  • minor role un petit rôle
  • music la musique
  • musical score une bande originale
  • opera l’opéra
  • orchestra l’orchestre (m)
  • orchestra pit une fosse d’orchestre
  • pantomime une pantomime
  • play une pièce de théâtre
  • playwright un dramaturge, un auteur dramatique
  • plot une intrigue
  • production une mis en scène
  • program un programme
  • prompt un réplique
  • rehearsal une répétition
  • scene une scène
  • scenery le décore
  • script le script, le texte
  • seating les places
  • sound track une bande sonore
  • theater le théâtre
  • ticket booth le guichet, la billetterie
  • to act jouer
  • to applaud applaudir
  • tragedy la tragédie
  • usher un placeur, une placeuse

Phrases for the theater

  • I’d like to see a play. J’aimerais bien voir une pièce.
  • Do you have a program? Avez-vous un programme?
  • Have you already seen this film? Est-ce que tu as vu ce film déjà?
  • Who is the star in the movie? Qui est la vedette dans le film?
  • Did you like the play? Est-ce que tu as aimé la pièce?
  • I love this actor/actresse. J’aime cet acteur/cette actrice!
  • I’d like to see a play. J’aimerais bien voir une pièce de théâtre.
  • Is it in English or French? Est-ce que c’est en anglais ou français?
  • Excuse me, these seats are taken. Excusez-moi, ces places sont prises.
  • Yes, I’ve seen it already. Oui, je l’ai déjà vu.
  • Yes, I liked it. No. I didn’t like it. Oui, j’ai l’ai aimé. Non, je ne l’ai pas aimé.
  • I don’t like plays that are too long. Je n’aime pas les pièce trop longues.
  • This actor is very well known. Cet acteur est très connu.

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