dress circle


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dress circle

n.
A section of seats in a theater or opera house, usually the first tier above the orchestra.

dress circle

n
(Theatre) a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor

dress′ cir′cle


n.
a curving division of seats in a theater, opera house, etc., usu. the first gallery.
[1815–25]

dress circle

- So called because it is a circular row of seats at an entertainment, the spectators of which are expected to be in dress clothes.
See also related terms for seats.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dress circle - a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra; "they had excellent seats in the dress circle"
seating, seating area, seating room, seats - an area that includes places where several people can sit; "there is seating for 40 students in this classroom"
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
References in classic literature ?
On christmas night, a dozen girls piled onto the bed which was the dress circle, and sat before the blue and yellow chintz curtains in a most flattering state of expectancy.
Tumultuous applause followed but received an unexpected check, for the cot bed, on which the dress circle was built, suddenly shut up and extinguished the enthusiastic audience.
1959: Two licensed bars opened in the theatre, The Garrick Bar in the Dress Circle and The Leon Bar in the Stalls (named after Leon Salberg, who owned the theatre from 1911 to 1938).
There was no pit at the back of the stalls, but otherwise the audience were divided as they had been in the Victorian building: stalls (now seating 494), dress circle (239), and balcony (267).
Also during the day, the dress circle will be open for afternoon tea and the opportunity to view the theatre's centenary displays, while official Olympic storyteller Cathy Roberts will be spinning tales for the under-fives.
When the doors opened, I raced up the flights of stairs but found the Dress Circle slots full, so I continued up to the Balcony and claimed a spot.
London West End Show pounds 295 20 November As an alternative to visiting London for shopping why not enjoy dress circle seats at a West End Show(to be announced).
When he was in Rose Marie at the New Theatre, the only seats we could get were in the dress circle - but we were disappointed to find these were behind each other.
The dress circle,' he said in a low voice, 'is this way.
John Thomson, the third member of the Library's Ballets Russes research team, complemented the Hall article with a piece on how we managed this extraordinary documentation of the Russians' performances, which was taken from the front row of His Majesty's Theatre's dress circle between 1938 and 1940.
A night's B&B at the three-star Royal National Hotel and a rear dress circle show ticket costs from pounds 48pp.