Theatre In England
Theatre has always been an important part of the culture of any country or civilisation. It allows the audience to immerse themselves in the emotions of another, whether joy or frivolity in the case of a comedy, or deep sorrow and regret, as in a tragedy. This has a particularly cathartic effect. In centuries past, it has not always been acceptable to display emotions openly. For this reason, the theatre was deemed the only acceptable place to laugh, cry, guffaw, yell and gasp in emotive outbursts.
The reconstructed Globe on the south bank of the Thames in London,
a wonderful place to visit.
The theatre of old was as varied as it is today. This made it appealing to an array of onlookers, making theatre a cultural attraction to the masses. All that was not allowed in early theatre was to attack the King. Other than that, it was a free-for-all. Depending on the personal tastes of theatre-goers, they would tend to support one or two specific theatres. As the line between the working class and the upper class blurred in terms of the entertainment they enjoyed, theatrical productions adopted a less high-brow wit and a more ‘slapstick’ one. Another part of the evolution of theatre was that the audience now demanded more of a spectacle and less impressive dialogue. They wanted props, costumes and effects. Today, these are still crucial elements to an impressive show.
Costumes were a very important part of English theatre, and remain so today. Creative and dramatic pieces communicate much of the storyline and character profile, creating drama as well as a sense of realism. A large portion of the budget goes to creating such pieces. Because theatre became about the spectacle created, the audiences demanded grand get-ups where appropriate. This started a trend amongst theatre companies to lend one another certain pieces to save costs. Others hired them out. This is still done in many cases.
Today, visitors to England are urged to see at least one major theatrical production. There are always classic favourites on show (particularly in London), as well as exciting new productions.
For more information, please view: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/