Meaning of footlights in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʊtlʌɪts/

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plural noun

usually the footlights
  • A row of spotlights along the front of a stage at the level of the actors' feet.

    ‘Australians have created over 700 original musicals, though few of them see the light of day, let alone the footlights of Her Majesty's.’
    • ‘In the cavernous stage of the Richmond Theatre all the nuances of the performance, if any, were lost in the attempt to get the material across the footlights effectively.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say they are excellently put across the footlights.’
    • ‘Why he chose to cross over the footlights and climb onto the stage and be an actor in this story is beyond me.’
    • ‘The water, representing the Milky Way that kept the lovers apart, ran downstage to the footlights, and into a basin.’
    • ‘We don't know our stage directions anymore and the footlights are fading into the shadows.’
    • ‘A bank of overhead lights swivelled to supplement the beams of the footlights, while the stereo system poured out a constant stream of foot-tapping music.’
    • ‘The Oedipus stage manager paces anxiously by the footlights.’
    • ‘The sad thing is that the waves of love that broke across the footlights every time he stood on a stage were probably never equalled in his private life.’
    • ‘But instead of acting, he is on the other side of the footlights, and he is finding that the pressure is greater in his new role.’
    • ‘It is entirely up to the dancer to create the atmosphere… to project or translate the choreography across the footlights in a manner that is meaningful for the audience.’
    • ‘While novelty ignites temporary enthusiasm on both sides of the footlights, the Washington Ballet's most urgent need would seem to be productions of proven old works.’
    • ‘And his will be a hard act to follow: the footlights are bright with public attention, the script well known, and the chorus voices primed for their cue.’
    • ‘That got lost before it crossed the footlights.’
    • ‘That was why the opera was verismo; the chorus singing the part of the townspeople on stage were speaking the minds of the real audience out beyond the footlights.’
    • ‘I've played opposite a lot of people I've really liked, and I've seen nothing on screen - it just doesn't cross the footlights, or translate or screen.’
    • ‘Never final, admittedly flawed, it was arguably a masterwork as its proponents on both sides of the footlights have proclaimed with passion.’
    • ‘He set himself down in a chair amid the footlights.’
    • ‘Olson has a magnetism that leaps across the footlights.’
    • ‘The appearance of pity and fear on both sides of the footlights seems not to rule out catharsis as a principle in dramatic criticism.’