Definition of proscenium arch in English:

proscenium arch


  • An arch framing the opening between the stage and the auditorium in some theaters.

    ‘The effect I want is different to the proscenium arch, but the proscenium arch developed because the spectacle of a group of people on stage was fascinating.’
    • ‘It is a proscenium theatre, but the proscenium arch is made almost invisible by its dark colour, uniting the audience and actor in a single room.’
    • ‘It stretches into the auditorium, with a fire-breathing dragon atop the proscenium arch, and winged monkeys flying over our heads.’
    • ‘Beyond the proscenium arch was the scenic stage, which featured three tiers of movable shutters and their corresponding tiers of masking wings.’
    • ‘It is a commonplace observation that Hitchcock often liked to launch scenes by framing a frame, more or less explicitly alluding to the proscenium arch of classical theatre.’
    • ‘Next came the introduction of surtitles in the opera house, either above the proscenium arch or, in some theatres, on individual screens in front of each seat.’
    • ‘So, while it is a comical work, its satire doesn't just remain within the proscenium arch; it reaches out over the orchestra pit and gives an electric shock to the good people in evening clothes.’
    • ‘The stage sported some twenty-nine doors - some at ground level, others opening off two suspended galleries, yet others opening out of the walls of the proscenium arch or half-concealing the musicians in their gallery in the wings.’
    • ‘The theme of metatheatricality is foregrounded through the use of a proscenium arch, which frames the Crucible's theatre-in-the-round.’
    • ‘The stage is oval in plan, behind a proscenium arch, flanked by paired piers and columns that support a parted impediment.’
    • ‘It's not just a proscenium arch and a sign saying ‘theatre’ above the door.’
    • ‘This platform allowed painters and plasterers access to the domed auditorium ceiling and proscenium arch.’
    • ‘A proscenium arch is outlined in electric bulbs on the backdrop; the choreographic format is a series of disparate ‘numbers.’’
    • ‘One wall displayed a slightly tilted, multicolored outline of a triumphant half circle, establishing the proscenium arch, accompanied by two straight lines of unequal length.’
    • ‘When I was a kid and the BBC showed live theatre productions (and they were genuinely live in those days), they pretty much just stuck a camera in front of the proscenium arch and switched it on.’
    • ‘I say ‘went to the theatre’ but, in fact, that which happened within the proscenium arch was the least of our concerns: it was the before, during and after that made it such a top night out.’
    • ‘Yet the principle of the proscenium arch, which institutes the separation of spectators and performers, was continually subverted during the festival.’
    • ‘In most of the theater photographs, a darkened proscenium arch and decorative architectural details enclose a rectangle of dense, milky light.’
    • ‘With a bust of Mozart crowning the proscenium arch, the figure of poetry seated to the left, that of music to the right and the 16 feet diameter chandelier above it looks quite magnificent.’
    • ‘The body's relationship to the proscenium arch disappeared.’


proscenium arch

/prəˈsēnēəm/ /prəˈsiniəm/ /prōˈsēnēəm ärCH/ /proʊˈsiniəm ɑrtʃ/