Theatre slang

Your Family History - - Tracing Your Theatrical Ancestors -

Our Vic­to­rian an­ces­tors had a whole raft of theatre-re­lated slang terms. See http://men­talfloss.com/ ar­ti­cle/68089/30-words-and-phras­esvic­to­rian-the­atri­cal-slang for a whole list – in­clud­ing roof-scrap­ers, dead­heads and but­ton-busters, the lat­ter be­ing an ironic term for a bad co­me­dian. Roof-scrap­ers were those sit­ting in the top gallery seats; dead­heads were those, such as theatre crit­ics, who didn’t pay for ad­mis­sion.

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