Forms of Theatre

French tragedy

A type of tragedy originating in Europe in the 18th century is a bourgeois tragedy (German: Bürgerliches Trauerspiel). It is a byproduct of enlightenment thought, the rise of the bourgeois elite, and the ideals that it represents. It is distinguished by the fact that its main characters are ordinary people.
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Entertainment geared toward adults includes dancing, simple costumes, singing, and comedic sketches in Europe and the USA starting in the 1840s.


A humorous performance intended to amuse the audience.
Any play with a happy conclusion was referred to as a comedy in Greek and Roman theatre, regardless of how humorous it was.
Sketch comedy is a collection of brief, unrelated sequences that feature comic and stylized acts and quips that may be sarcastic or on-topic.
High comedy is a subgenre distinguished by elegant speech, sarcasm, stinging humor, or critique of life. It is often referred to as pure comedy or highbrow comedy.
Low comedy, commonly referred to as lowbrow humor, is more physical comedy that employs slapstick or farce solely to make the audience laugh.
Also, see SATIRE.


Is a theatre performance followed by dinner, either at a nearby restaurant. There are still numerous locations worldwide where a meal accompanies a live performance, typically in a tourist-focused themed attraction, even though it was popular in the 1950s in the USA (called Dinner Theater). Examples include murder-mystery themes, medieval themes, or magic acts with meals served. These occur daily in Las Vegas or Orlando, Florida.


Theatre that employs entirely or partially pre-existing documentary content (such as newspapers, government reports, interviews, etc.) as source material for the script, ideally without changing its phrasing, is referred to as a documentary theatre, sometimes known as a theatre of fact.
It is referred to as VERBATIM THEATRE when it focuses entirely on the words of others, typically members of the public, in a specific circumstance.

an imitation of action. Used to summarise and comment on the primary plot in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


Stage Layout for End-On (

Traditionally, the audience is seated so everyone can see the stage from the same angle. A Proscenium Arch theatre has seating like this.
Additionally called Proscenium Staging.

It is possible to divide the end-on stage into nine sections: upstage right, upstage center, upstage left, center stage right, center stage, center stage left, downstage right, downstage center, and downstage left.