teapot school

Definition

Theater

  • A derogatory term for the early 19th-century school of acting in whichthe performer would declaim stiffly while striking a statuesque pose - typically with one hand on the hip and the other outstretched like a teapotspout. The style was particularly associated with John Philip Kemble,whose rather stiff manner was aggravated by gout and asthma.
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