Playing to the Gods
Degrading one's vocation ad captanduin vulgus. The gods,
in theatrical phrase, are the spectators in the uppermost gallery, the ignobile vulgus. The ceiling of Drury Lane theatre was at one time
painted in imitation of the sky, with Cupids and other deities here and
there represented. As the gallery referred to was near the ceiling, the
occupants were called the gods. In French this gallery is nick-named paradis.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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