A brief History of Theatre

A brief History of Theatre

Theatre continued to find its place in our history; the plays also finding a fringe element even then to proclaim about perceived and real injustices and to introduce new ideas and values. Roman theatre continued development of the plays and actors and a growing awareness of the audience. Lavish productions and amphitheaters where built where ever the Romans settled and certainly they brought them to Britannica.

Cicero, a great Roman Orator, philosopher and statement in the latter years of the Roman Empire, well knew the value of words to his audience. A compatriot of his was the famous Roman actor, Quintus Roscius Gallus, a comedy actor who also played in the popular tragedies. Roscius well knew the value of the use of gestures to involve, excite and amuse his audience. It is said he and Cicero competed to see who could best express the same thought, either by use of word of movement. The beginnings of our trade, combinations of words, actions and gestures to convey a meaning or feeling that will entice and involve our audiences.

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