They tell a fictional story and embody various characters and the audience reacts directly, mostly emotionally and loudly, to what they see and hear. As a performer on stage, you get direct feedback from the audience for your game.
The theater can be divided into four classic sections:
First there is spoken theater, better known as drama, play or spectacle with the ever-popular comedy or tragedy, then music theater, in which one can enjoy operas, operettas and musicals, dance theater with ballet and puppet theater, such as marionette or shadow theater. A wide variety of artists are employed in all of these forms of theater. You need actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, conductors and many more.
As far as acting, singing and dancing are concerned, it is an advantage if an actor is well versed in all three disciplines, because with so many talents he or she is sure to get an engagement in one of the increasingly numerous musicals. There are also theaters that have multiple branches. These are called multi-branch theater, but unfortunately there are only a few of them left. Most theaters specialize and limit themselves to a single branch.
The history of the theater can be traced back to the early days of civilization. In the Stone Age people danced and in ancient Egypt religious festivals were embellished with theatrical elements. It was the ancient Greeks who invented new principles for their theater and thus created the theater as we know it today. Because now the theater also had to have an auditorium and the old Aristotle, not at all lazy, founded theater studies right away, because among other things he determined that the plot, place and time should form a unity in the drama. And so tragedies were eagerly rehearsed and performed.
The Romans enthusiastically embraced the idea of theater from the Greeks and built theaters and arenas throughout the Roman Empire, which were busily visited and whose most famous representative, the great Colosseum in Rome, is still largely standing.
Later in the Middle Ages, passion plays organized mainly by the church were held. It was mostly about stories from the Bible or about the lives of saints.
During the Renaissance, classical tragedies were rediscovered and new forms of comedy were written.
In the Baroque era, the theater became an indispensable element of splendid court life and many a crowned head tried themselves more or less successfully as actors on the court's own stage.
A commercial theater business soon developed in the big cities and since the rush of spectators grew and not only the nobility wanted to be entertained, the courtly theater soon turned into a popular theater. But even in a popular theater, the auditorium for a long time was designed in such a way that tiers and boxes reflected the hierarchy of society. Today, the rows of seats in the auditorium are primarily aligned according to the acoustics and not according to the social position of the viewer who sits on them.