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Theatre (Greek "theatron"), enjoys the distinction of two spellings: in British English, "theatre" and in American English, "theater". There is no technical distinction between the meanings of the two spellings, however most theatre artists prefer the English spelling because it creates a historical nod to the ancient Greek term theatron. Some also use the American spelling to designate a theatre building and the English term to reference the art itself, as in the "art of theatre."
Theatre is that branch of the performing arts concerned with the creation of stories or narratives for (or with) an audience using combinations of acting, speech, gesture, music, dance, object manipulation, sound and spectacle — indeed, any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, musicals, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera, mummers' plays, and pantomime.
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History: Sanskrit Plays • Natya Shastra • Natya Shastra of Bharata • Koodiyattam • Bhasa • Kālidāsa • Kathakali • Bhavabhuti • Harsha • Chinese theatre • Cantonese Opera • Beijing Opera • Ramakien • Noh • Bunraku • Kabuki • Butoh • Theatre of Ancient Greece • Theatre of ancient Rome • Medieval theatre • Commedia dell'Arte • English Renaissance theatre • Restoration comedy • Restoration spectacular • Neoclassicism • Twentieth century theatre
Philosophy: Aristotle • Poetics • Konstantin Stanislavski • Antonin Artaud • Bertolt Brecht • Orson Welles • Peter Brook • Jerzy Grotowski • Meisner technique • Stanislavsky System • Method acting • Presentational acting
Awards: Back Stage West Garland Awards • Drama Desk Award • Evening Standard Awards • Green Room Award • Hans-Reinhart-Ring • Helpmann Award • Joseph Jefferson Award • Laurence Olivier Awards • London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards • Lucille Lortel Award • Manchester Evening News • Matilda Award • New York Innovative Theatre Awards • Molière Award • Obie Award • Ovation Awards • Sangeet Natak Academy Award • Theatre Pasta Theatre Awards • Tony Award
Stagecraft: Theatre director • Playwright • Actor • Production team • Set designer • Lighting designer • Costume designer • Sound design • Dramaturg • Stage management • Production manager • Technical theatre Template:/box-footer