Only Theatre of Pain is the debut studio album by American rock band Christian Death, released in March 24, 1982 by record label Frontier. The album was produced by Christian Death and Thom Wilson. It is considered by most critics to be the harbinger of deathrock.
On the 1993 CD reissue of the album (and subsequent issues), the band's 1984 EP Deathwish (recorded prior to Only Theatre of Pain) was appended to the original album.
Only Theatre of Pain was praised by critics upon its release. Mick Mercer of Melody Maker called it the "gothic album to out-gothic all others".
Around the time of its release, a presenter on a religious TV program, in a special on "Satanic influences", reportedly broke a copy of the album on air.
In its retrospective review, Record Collector wrote, "Only Theatre of Pain's influence should not be underestimated". Alex Ogg, writing in The Rough Guide to Rock, was less favourable, calling the album "self-aggrandizing doom rock redeemed only by strong musicianship."
On April 13, 2007, the remaining members of the Only Theatre of Pain line-up of Christian Death reunited as Christian Death 1334 to perform the album in full at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The addition of "1334" to the end of the band's name was reportedly to make a distinction from the Valor Kand-led version of the band, which includes none of the group's original members; "1334" was also Rozz Williams' "signature number". At the time, it was reported by Blabbermouth.net that the band were working on new songs and were to commence the recording of a new album later in the year, but this never materialized.