Theatre – A Stage For An Act

The drama is a very ancient form of art and reached a high pitch of excellence around the world. The actual theaters in those days were very primitive, and hardly any scenery was used, but the dramas produced are the greatest in English literature. Theatres today are places of delightful, as a rule, in the evening after the work of the day. The buildings are large and comfortable, and the scenery is magnificent and realistic.

The scenic arrangements delight the eye, the music charms the soul, and the situations created by the plot are such as to fire up the interest, and make us lose the sense of our own troubles and worries in sympathy with the joys and sorrows of those who present upon the stage. The modern theatres of India are chiefly the result of imitation of European theatres and, though there are dramas enacted of great merit and elevating in their moral tone.

Some of the most popular theatres around the world

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London

The original Globe theater was built by Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, in 1599. One feature faithfully recreated is the roof, Shakespeare’s Globe has the first and only thatched roof permitted in London since the great fire of 1666.

BAM Harvey Theater, New York

The BAM Harvey opened in 1904 as a venue for Shakespearean plays, It was converted into a cinema in 1942. It was one of the most exciting theater renovations in the world.

National Noh Theatre, Tokyo

Forget cement and plasterboard — Japan’s Noh theater was constructed in 1983 from 400-year-old Bishu-Hinoki Cypress trees. It’s open on three sides and the seating spreads out from the stage in a fan shape.

Salle Richelieu, Paris

The Salle Richelieu, also known as the Comedie Francaise, was built in the late 1600s. The grand staircase is lined with busts of important figures from the theater’s past — the bust of French playwright Corneille is rather worn, due to the belief that touching it will bring good luck.

Tampa Theatre, Florida

Tampa Theatre is the work of architect John Eberson, who also designed the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. Highlights include a 900-pipe Wurlitzer organ and 99 bulbs embedded in the ceiling to resemble twinkling stars.