Definition of First-nighter

1. Noun. Someone habitually a spectator at the openings of theatrical productions.

Generic synonyms: Playgoer, Theatergoer, Theatregoer

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Literary usage of First-nighter

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1. Life on the Stage: My Personal Experiences and Recollections by Clara Morris (1901)
"James Lewis used to say to me: " Clara is the biggest fraud of a first-nighter the profession can show. There she'll stand shivering and shaking, ..."

2. The Popular Theatre by George Jean Nathan (1918)
"The melodrama that wins the first-nighter's endorsement is based on the theory that the greatest crises in men's lives must inevitably occur after sundown. ..."

3. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1890)
"Never was or will be a " first-nighter." Books are piled up all over the house from the basement up ! Our house has no basement. These books were picked up ..."

4. My First Book: The Experiences of Walter Besant, James Payn, W. Clark by Jerome Klapka Jerome (1897)
"I had the pleasure of seeing my signature more than once in the columns of certain theatrical journals, in the days when I was a constant first-nighter, ..."

5. The Savoy: An Illustrated Monthly of 1896 Reproduced in Five Volumes by Arthur Symons (1896)
"The standing- room by the bar is the resource of the first-nighter with friends who cannot get a seat in the front row. ..."

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