An audience is a group of people who participate in a show or encounter a work of art, literature (in which they are called "readers"), theatre, music (in which they are called "listeners"), video games (in which they are called "players"), or academics in any medium.
- Furtwangler was once told in Berlin that the people in the back seats were complaining that they could not hear some of his soft passages. "It does not matter," he said, "they do not pay so much."
- Neville Cardus, in The Manchester Guardian (1935).
- I know two kinds of audience only one coughing and one not coughing.
- Artur Schnabel, in My Life and Music (1961).