Реферат: Theatre in Great Britain

The centre of theatrical activity in Britain is London. There aresome 48 principal theatres in or near the West End and some 8 in the suburbs.Most of the theatres are let to producing managements on a commercial basis butsome are occupied by important subsided companies, including the NationalTheatre and Royal Shakespeare Companies.

The former stages classical and modem plays from all countries;the latter presents Shakespearean plays in Stratford-upon-Avon and a mixedrepertoire in London. Many non-repertoire theatres outside London present allkinds of drama and many also put on variety shows and other entertainment.Music in all its forms — pop music, folk music, jazz, light music and brassbands — plays an important role in British cultural life.

The widespread interest in classical music is reflected in thelarge audiences at orchestral concerts and at performances of opera, ballet andchamber music. Regular seasons of opera and ballet are given at the Royal OperaHouse, Covent Garden, London. Seasons of opera and operetta in English aregiven by the English National Opera.

There are several thousands of amateur dramatic societies inBritain (some 200 amateur youth theatres among them). Most Universities haveactive amateur drama clubs and societies.

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