The word theatre comes from the Greek “theatron” which means “a place to watch.”
During the 17th century, European theatre emerged. It was then that actors were able to move about on stage while playing their parts, thus creating a more realistic experience for audiences. The first public theater in England was called “The Theatre” and it opened in 1663.
In addition to these technical changes, many new forms of drama emerged in this period including comedy and tragedy, melodrama and farce. This made it difficult for audiences to distinguish between literary genres.
Theatre is an art form that has been practiced for centuries. It is a live performance of a dramatic work, usually a play.
For the sake of this article, we will be focusing on theatre as it applies to U.S. history
One of the first forms of theatre ever recorded was in Ancient Greece during the fifth century BC. It was called “dithyramb”. Originally, these performances were sung and danced during Dionysia festivals honoring Dionysus’s role in the death and rebirth cycle.
The Romans were one of the other civilizations to have theater before Europe did, with its origins coming from Ancient Rome around 240 BC. The Romans made use of theater as a form to express their political views and beliefs while also using it as a way to educate people on societal norms and
Theatre is a form of live performance that is both acted and watched with the audience in the place where it is taking place. The performers on stage use their voices and body language to depict the action.
Theatre was established in its various forms in Greece and Rome, and then spread through Europe during medieval times.
In recent years, theatre has had a resurgence in popularity with shows such as Hamilton (musical), The Lion King (musical) or Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy (play).