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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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On Stage: Jekyll and Hyde, Leslie Bricusse (lyrics) and Greg Boyd (direction); set at the Houston Music Hall, by Vince Mountain.

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(Photo by Vince Mountain.)

Theatres

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

Picture-frame Theatres

Most of the older theatres we visit today—and some of the newer ones—were built ...

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