Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term papering the house.
On papering the house’s official page, we define the term as “distributing free tickets to early performances of a production to boost audiences and spread word of mouth.” But now we want to know what the term papering the house means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.
– Have you ever received free tickets to a show?
– If so, how did you get the invite? From a cast member? An email list? Elsewhere?
– Did you ever pay for a show only to realize most of the other audience members were “paper”?
If you’d like to make a video of your own about papering the house, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!
Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor