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One who attends the theater.

play′go′ing n.


(ˈpleɪˌɡəʊɪŋ) theatre
(Theatre) the activity of attending the theatre
(Theatre) characterized by attending the theatre
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At the height of his playgoing, Godwin attended theater eighty
Andrew Gurr, in Playgoing in Shakespeare's London, 3rd ed.
In 30 years of playgoing, I have slumbered through much of the best that British drama has to offer.
One has to admire his time management" Author and historian Andrew Roberts "In 30 years of playgoing, I have slumbered through much of the best that British drama has to offer" Actor Michael Simkins Lord Hattersley, former deputy leader of the Labour Party, above "I was single.
30) To a large segment of the playgoing public, indeed--like the citizens of Knight of the Burning Pestle, whose demands rapidly skew toward random showcases of martial prowess and oratorical bravado, and who incessantly interrupt to cheer and jeer them--"plays" must have been not organic, imaginative experiences so much as conglomerations of display, their advantage over other entertainments their variety and the direct suffrage they afforded.
56)) An expense account kept for Sir Edward, Viscount Conway, a naval volunteer, records regular payments for playgoing at the Cockpit and Blackfriars in of 1634-35.
T]he panorama also served a much-needed alternative to the theatre in a period when playgoing was unthinkable to the 'serious' families of London.
The Culture of Playgoing in Shakespeare's England: A Collaborative Debate.
The Book of the Play is collectively interested in such "histories," in early modern drama in print and in manuscript, specifically with their alternate modes of production and reception as distinct from those we associate with playgoing.
Levin's argument is further confirmed by Andrew Gurr, who writes that the "high proportion of women at the playhouses testifies to the popularity of playgoing for the illiterate, since few women of any class, even in London, could write their names" and that "women from every section of society went to plays, from Queen Henrietta Maria to the most harlotry of vagrants" (56, 58).
Overall, Kiernan finds audiences to be involved and appreciative, and the Globe space to make playgoing more fun.
But here is the proof with its cross-references to many learned figures including Andrew Gurr, the author of Playgoing in Shakespeare's London.