Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:20:24 -0500


Subject: Re: Theatre/ -er

Having spent some years working in the theatre I was shocked to learn the

spelling was still an issue. My impression was that these days everyone

spelled it -re, even though it does smack of affectation. My impression was

confirmed by a glance at the NY Times where nearly everyTheatre (eg. the

Majestic) uses the -re spelling, the local Central NJ paper also confirmed

this usage. But in the Washington Post there were more -er spellings, notably

the Kennedy Center Theater, perhaps because someone thought that at least the

premiere theatre in our capital ought to resist the British invasion.

Anyway, though I could be wrong, I think theatre people in general would

rarely use the -er spelling.

Dale Coye