We go to the theatre to see a play, that is to say, a performancegiven by actors and actresses. A play of a serious character, dealing withimportant human problems is called a tragedy. A play of a humorous, lightercharacter is a comedy (or a farce). Dramatists are called playwrights nowadaysand there are no longer such great dramatists as Shakespeare or G.B.Show.
If we want to go to the theatre we buy tickets at the box-officeand show them to the attendant at the entrance. In the building there is ahall, a large foyer and a cloak-room where we leave our overcoats, hats, etc.The audience can walk in the foyer in the intervals. Many doors lead to theauditorium consisting of stalls, boxes and balconies. In front of theauditorium there is a curtain separating it from the stage. The curtain riseswhen the play begins and falls at the end of each act.
Many people must work together to produce a play. The authorwrites it; the producer conducts the acting; carpenters, mechanics, designersprepare the scenery; electricians and light operators see to the light effectsand operate the floodlights. We, the playgoers (or fans) demand an interestingplot, good acting, impressive scenery — that is two hours of goodentertainment.
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