When was the first theatre opened? Some would say that the very first theaters were opened in Europe during the time of Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon. If this is your answer, you would be wrong! In fact, theatre was popular long before Shakespeare penned his now immortal dialogues. In fact, the very first theater on record was in Ancient Greece. Theater or drama was very popular in Greece, especially during 500 BC to about 200 BC. It was during this time that the city of Athens became very powerful. Athenians were known for their elaborate festivals to honor a god called Dionysus.Didnâ€™t catch that? This explains it. During this festival, plays were performed in theaters for citizens to enjoy. The plays consisted of tragedies, comedies, and satirical plays. Eventually, this tradition became popular in other city states. The very first theater was probably the Theater of Dionysus at Eleuthereus. This is located near the Acropolis in Athens and has been studied since the 18th century. Excavation of the site began in the late 1830′s and continued for the next century. During the height of its popularity, spectators probably sat on wooden benches in the theater to watch performances. Sadly, the seating area of theater collapsed early in the 5th century. After the collapse, the theatre was abandoned and performances were held elsewhere. While Shakespeare’s theatre in Straford upon Avon may be very familiar to us today, DIRECTV, this theatre was not the first theater that was opened. Instead, a site now littered with rubble in Greece holds that distinction.
The history of theater and the performing arts stretches back much further than most people realize. The earliest examples of performance can be traces to stories told around the campfire, and even the construction and development of the first early theaters may have occurred long before you might have thought possible. Stone ruins and archaeological site that can tell us something about the history of the arts are of great cultural significance, with some roman sites Read the rest of this entry »
If you have never attended a performance at a theater, you are in for an exciting experience. When you enter a theater, you will notice that the atmosphere is charged with energy. The charged atmosphere increases as soon as the lights grow dim and the performance starts. Watching a theatrical performance is a different experience than sitting in a movie theater. Even though the audience in a movie theater can exhibit applause, a theatrical performance encourages the audience to applaud the performers. If you attend a popular musical such as Les Miserables, you may find yourself standing up Read the rest of this entry »
Regardless if you grew up on the Upper East Side in New York City or in a parish district in Louisiana. One thing is common, the draw to see a Broadway play live. From the first flick of light to the soaring music, dancers that amazed you and tunes that catch you. There is nothing like catching a Broadway play in New York City.
Seeped deep in American history, Broadway was born. Ironically, it was Read the rest of this entry »
What Inspired Theatres To Be Popular?
Theatre or stage acting has been a popular form of art since Shakespearean time and beyond that to the 5th Century Greek tragedians era. Theatre emanated out of two major forms or overall themes. On the one hand, there was comedy and on the other was tragedy. Play would provide comic relief for the citizens of a tribe or town or city. Especially during war time, theatre was a way Read the rest of this entry »
How Have Plays Changed Over The Years
Over the years, theater and plays have changed drastically. The individual performances of plays have changed numerous time creating and expanding genres in the medium. There has been more experimental and avant=garde plays, as well as bigger production plays such as rock n roll musicals. Broadway has become even more popular as the generation gaps have grown increasingly large and theater has tried to change with the current trends and times.
It’s interesting to watch the result of how plays have changed over time. Read the rest of this entry »
Who Was The Stars In The First Play
Some of the most popular Greek tragedian writers were Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus. They were tragedy writers of their time as opposed to the comedic writers of the time that would write plays to create a type of cathartic comic relief for their works.
The stars of these first plays in the 5th Century BCE were the characters in the plays. These characters were mythological and would create many strong and polarizing emotions during the course of the play. The audience would usually be well versed Read the rest of this entry »
When was the first theatre opened? Some would say that the very first theaters were opened in Europe during the time of Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon. If this is your answer, you would be wrong!
In fact, theatre was popular long before Shakespeare penned his now immortal dialogues. In fact, the very first theater on record was in Ancient Greece. Theater or drama was very popular in Greece, especially during 500 BC to about 200 BC. Read the rest of this entry »