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Greek Theater Although theaters developed in many parts of Greece it was in Athens where the most dramatic styles the world has known was formed Ancient Greek theaters were built in natural open air sites on conveniently shaped hills This allowed a great mass of people to enjoy a show at one timeThe Ephesus could hold 56000 people Unlike later dramas which could be endlessly duplicated Greek manuscripts existed as a single fragile piece Many of them have been destroyed over time and the few that have survived are treasured and said to be priceless Due to the immense size of the audience actors placed emphasis on exaggerated action and speech And colourful symbolic masks and costumes where used Medieval Theater Medieval Theater started in churches - the reason why medieval plays were about bible stories At first it became customary for priests to act out brief scenes during Christmas and Easter These acts attracted large crowds and more elaborate versions were created when crowds increased so much that seating extended out onto the steps and streets Finally the church refused to allowed priests to partake in any such events again so ordinary people began these performances outside Performances were set in the town square with several stage settings around the square This was as such because there were no proper theaters or areas large enough to hold the entire stage Elizabethan Theater Englands theater developed rapidly in the years following the defeat of the Spanish Armada The dominant feature of Elizabethan theater was the stage There were three parts to the stage 1 The fore stage which jutted out into the audience a fare way this was used for outside scenes 2 The inner stage this was used for scenes inside a building 3 An upper stage or balcony which was used for miscellaneous purposes There were three parts to the stage as there were no scene changes or breaks during the
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