Examples of {{Actor Allusion}}s in {{Theatre}}.


* OlderThanSteam: In ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', Polonius mentions having played the role of Julius Caesar as a youth, and being killed by Brutus; it is believed that the same actor in Shakespeare's company (probably John Heminges) played both Polonius and Caesar. It's also believed that the original actor of Hamlet, Richard Burbage, also played Brutus in ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', thus stabbing the same actor in two different plays.
** In fact, most of Shakespeare's plays had some level of ActorAllusion, as he worked with a set company whose members took on the same sort of roles in most of their productions, and whose parts were often tailored to their specific style or talent.
** Will Kemp, Shakespeare's resident clown, played the original Bottom in [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Midsummer]], and later played Dogberry in [[Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing Much Ado]]. This happens in the latter:
---> '''Borachio''': (To Dogberry) YOU ARE AN ASS!!!
** John Sincklo, a supporting player, is referenced in Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew as looking like a jailor (the Beadle in Theatre/HenryIVPart2) or supplier of poisons (the Apothecary in RomeoAndJuliet).
** Robert Armin, who replaced Will Kemp as regular comedian in Shakespeare's company, leading to Shakespeare's comic rules becoming {{Deadpan Snarker}}s instead of loud buffoons, trained as a goldsmith before becoming an actor. Touchstone in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' (probably the first major role to be written for him) is named after a tool used by jewellers to assess the quality of metals.
* During a run on Broadway of ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', Creator/WhoopiGoldberg adlibed a line when her character was presented with a choice of slaves as part of the plot. Rejecting an elderly slave for purchase, she stated. ''What am I going to do with that old white man? I got one at home.'' Goldberg was known for dating Creator/FrankLangella at the time.
* In ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde The Musical'', during the song "Chip on Your Shoulder", Christian Borle's character Emmett suggests that Elle sell some of her excess junk on eBay. Before appearing as Emmett, Borle was in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAkuWGMimQA this commercial]].
* The 2010 production of Dick Lee's ''Fried Rice Paradise'' stars Taufik Batisah, whose character Johan is a struggling singer. Someone suggests that he join a talent search competition, to which Johan replies "you know these singing contests, never can win!" Taufik Batisah was the winner of the first season of Singapore Idol.
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', the ShowStopper "No Time At All" was sung by Irene Ryan, who had just spent nine years playing Granny on the hit sitcom ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''. The song included these lyrics:
-->Now, I could waylay some aging roué\\
And persuade him to play in some cranny,\\
But it's hard to believe I'm being led astray\\
By a man who calls me Granny!
* In ''Peter and the Starcatchers'', Christian Borle's character gets hurt and shouts [[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Oh My God]] for awhile.
* According to ''Open A New Window'' by Ethan Mordden, Creator/LucilleBall's starring role in the 1960 musical ''Wildcat'' had her saying to a sheriff, "D'you ever know a guy named [[Series/ILoveLucy Fred Mertz]]?"
* In the final second stage ''Theatre/SeraMyu'' musical, Sailor Lead Crow posed as the choreographer of an all-female dance team. This was a nod to the fact that Ado Endou, the actress who portrayed Crow, was also the show's choreographer.
* In a London production of the pantomime ''Aladdin'' Sir Creator/IanMcKellen, playing Widow Twankey (so in drag) said "oh no, not again" when he learned that there was a [[Film/LordoftheRings magic ring]] involved.
* In a touring roduction of "The Sunshine Boys", Dick Van Dyke walks into the living room, almost bumps into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnII4_W9k3E an ottoman]] gives it a long stare, and then does a take to the audience. Brought the house down without saying a word.
* The 1983 Broadway revival of ''Theatre/PrivateLives'' had Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/ElizabethTaylor as the leads ... which, as Burton noted during rehearsals, meant that some of the dialogue would come across as far more humorous than Coward could have intended.
* A form of Creator Allusion in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': the song "Right Hand Man" begins with the phrase "32,000 troops in New York Harbor" repeated three times. In Creator/LinManuelMiranda's previous show, ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', the lottery winning of $96,000 is split up into three sums of $32,000.