250 Useful Words Describing Theatre Performances

Below is a really useful list of over 250 words drama and theatre students can use in school essays to help describe theatre performances they have seen with the class.

Going to see a professional theatre performance is such a rich and rewarding experience for drama students. Junior students often come back to the classroom and discuss with their teacher aspects of the show they saw. Usually in the lower grades, this show has come to your school.

But in the senior years, where students normally go to an external venue to see a theatre show, coming back to class and analysing the performance can sometimes be a bit tricky. A written analysis or evaluation of a theatre performance can often be daunting task for many students. Even very capable students often have trouble using the most appropriate word or words to describe what they saw.

This is a list of adjectives that will help students describe a theatre show in general. It can also be used to describe in-house class performances fellow classmates. Using some of these words in the table below will help make that student essay even more powerful. there’s no reason why this list cannot be used by university drama or theatre students, also.

If you’re stuck on the meaning of a word on the list, use the dictionary link at the bottom of the table. Below that is also a list of other posts on The Drama Teacher for tables of words describing more specific aspects of theatre performances.

Words Used to Described Theatre Performances

abhorrenthandsomeproficient
absorbinghard-hittingprofound
abysmalheartwarmingpurposeful
accessibleheavypurposeless
accomplishedhelpfulqualified
adequatehilariousquestionable
admirablehistoricalradiant
adversehollowrank
airyhumbleravishing
alarminghumourousreasonable
amazingimmaculaterefined
ambitiousimmersiverefreshing
amusingimportantregretful
appealingimpressiverelevant
appropriateinadequateremarkable
arrestinginappropriaterepugnant
astonishingincompetentrepulsive
attractiveincrediblerevolting
awfulineffectiverotten
badineffectualsatisfactory
barrenineptsatisfying
beautifulinferiorscenic
boringingeniousseamless
breathtakinginsufficientsecond-class
brilliantintelligentsecond-rate
brokenintenseself-indulgent
capableintolerableserious
captivatingirrelevantserviceable
cleverirresistibleshabby
cogentjollyshaky
coherentkindheartedsharp
colourfullacklustresheepish
commendablelameshocking
commonlarger-than-lifeskilful
compellinglavishskilled
competentlazyslow
conclusivelightsluggish
convincinglightheartedsnappy
dazzlinglikeablesolid
decentlistlesssombre
deeplivelysophisticated
demandingloveablesound
depressinglovelyspectacular
directmagenticspirited
disgracefulmagicalstandout
distastefulmagicalsterile
distinguishedmajesticsterling
divinemanicstriking
dramaticmarvellousstrong
dynamicmasterfulstunning
dysfunctionalmasterlysublime
effectivemediocresubpar
elaboratememorablesubstandard
electricmesmerisingsuccessful
emptymild-manneredsufficient
encouragingmiserablesuitable
energisingmodestsuperb
engagingmovingsuperior
enjoyablemultiskilledsuspenseful
entertainingmusicalsweet
enthrallingnauseatingtalented
enticingnegativetasteful
eventfulnoteworthytasteless
excellentobscuretelling
exceptionaloff-puttingterrific
excessiveoffensivetremendous
excitingoptimistictrite
exemplaryoutstandingtriumphant
exhilaratingoverpoweringtrivial
extraordinarypainfulunbefitting
eye-poppingpatheticunproductive
fantasticpedestrianunsuccessful
far-fetchedperfectunsuitable
fastpersonableunusable
feasiblepersuasiveuseful
feeblepettyuseless
finepicturesquevalid
first-classpitifulvaluable
flawlessplausibleviable
focusedpleasantweak
forcefulpleasingweighty
frivolouspointlesswell-constructed
fruitlesspolishedwell-defined
functionalpoorwell-made
futilepotentwell-rounded
gentlepowerfulwholesome
giftedpracticalwicked
goodpresentablewoeful
grandpretentiouswonderful
greatprettyworthless
grimprofessionalworthwhile

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Words Describe Theatre Performances

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