Spiritually the idea of a theatre in a dream highlights the idea of the microcosm within the macrocosm – the small within a larger framework. A stage is a representation of our own life play. We are able to observe and be objective about what is going on. By externalizing the ‘play’into a particular framework such as a rehearsal we can manipulate our lives.
Psychological / Emotional Perspective:
The theatre is a scenario that has meaning for many. Because it is a social venue, it has relevance in people’s relationships with one another. To be in the spotlight, for instance, might signify our need to be noticed. To be up in ‘the gods’might suggest that we need to take a long-term view of a situation. To be on stage in a dream is to be making ourselves visible.
Everyday Material Aspects:
In dreams about the theatre it will depend which part of the theatre is highlighted:if the stage, then a current aspect of our lives being drawn to our attention. If it is the auditorium, then our ability to listen and understand the relevance is what is significant. An open-air stage suggests communication with the masses rather than a selected audience. A moving stage signifies the need to keep moving, even while performing a role. The play we create in our dreams as an aspect of our lives is particularly relevant. If we are not involved in the action, it indicates we are able to stand back and take an objective viewpoint. If we are very involved it will be from an emotional perspective.
You might also like to consult the entries for Actor and Audience.