The 20th century brought great changes into the theatre.
Cinema, radio, television, video altered the course of the major
performing arts and created the new ones. But still there are
hundreds of puppet theatres, conservatoires and philharmonics,
musical comedy theatres, drama theatres and opera houses
where the audiences are excited at the prospect of seeing a
play and the actors are most encouraged by the warm reception.
But before going to a theatre you should book a ticket at a
The most expensive seats are in the stalls, boxes
and dress-circle. The seats in the balcony, pit and the upper
circle are less expensive, they are cheap. Then at the entrance
to the theatre the attendant tears your theatre ticket in half.
He gives you your half back so that you can find your seat by
its number. Another attendant shows you to your seat and
sells a programme that will tell you which parts the actors are
playing and how many acts there are in the play. Then you
take your seat and may enjoy the play.
I have always envied the dwellers of large cities. They have
so many opportunities to enjoy themselves. Theatres, cinemas,
variety shows, circus, conservatoire, concert halls, etc. are at
their desposal. In provincial towns like mine is we have only
amateur dramatics. That's why I always take the smallest
chance to go to a theatre when in a city.
1. Why have you always envied the dwellers of large cities?
2. Have you only amateur dramatics in your town?
3. Which seats are the most expensive, less expensive, cheap?