(Photo by Vince Mountain.)
A theatre is composed of two basic parts: a place for the audience, and a place for the actors to perform. Optionally, it may also have space in which to provide a setting or “scene,” a special environment within which the action of a play takes place. With these three elements we can describe any theatre building and begin to assess its usefulness.
Different Kinds of Theatres
Most of the older theatres we visit today—and some of the newer ones—were built ...