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From Encyclopedia Brittanica, –
“Theatre, also spelled theater, in architecture, a building or space in which a performance may be given before an audience. The word is from the Greek theatron, “a place of seeing.” A theatre usually has a stage area where the performance itself takes place. Since ancient times the evolving design of theatres has been determined largely by the spectators’ physical requirements for seeing and hearing the performers and by the changing nature of the activity presented.”
And, from Wikipedia, “Theatre or theater (from Greek theatron – ??????? – from theasthai, “behold”) is the branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle – indeed any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to the standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera and mummers’ plays”.
The 2016 Tony Awards are set for June 12/16 and the winners were Best Musical – Hamilton, taking 11 awards, including book, original score, actor Leslie Odo, Jr, featured actor Daveeed Diggs, featured actress Renee Elise Goldsberry, costume design Paul Tazewell, lighting design Howell Binkley, best direction Thomas Kall, best choreography Andy Blankenbuehler, best orchestrations Alex Lacamoire; best play – The Humans, Best revival of a play – A View From the Bridge; best musical revival The Color Purple
2015 has seen the loss of great stars like Jim Bailey, Theodore Bikel, Michael Burgess, Judy Carne, Jack Carter, Natalie Cole, Toller Cranston, Wes Craven, E. L. Doctorow; Patricia Elliott, Anita Ekberg, Brian Friel, Frank D. Gilroy, Leslie Gore, Don Harron, Edward Hermann, Dean Jones, Christopher Lee, Judith Malina, Geraldine McEwan, Patrick McNee, Anne Meara, Keith Michell, Ron Moody, Leonard Nimoy, Maureen O’Hara, James Horner, B.B. King, Christopher Lee, Robert Loggia, Albert Maysles, Anne Meara, Leonard Nimoy, Maureen O’Hara, Betsy Palmer, Robin Phillips, Luise Rainer, Roger Rees, Wayne Rogers, Gene Saks, Omar Sharif, Fred Thompson, Dick Van Patten, Jon Vickers, Betsy Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Wilson, Julie Wilson, Holly Woodlawn.
OLIVIER AWARDS 2016 WITH MASTERCARD WINNERS
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton
Best Entertainment and Family
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre
Best Costume Design
Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design
Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre
White Light Award For Best Lighting Design
Mark Henderson for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best Sound Design
Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
Best New Opera Production
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Dame Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre
Virgin Atlantic Best New Play
Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre
Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre
Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman
Magic Radio Audience Award
The Phantom Of The Opera
Best New Comedy
Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre
Best New Dance Production
Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at Royal Opera House
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House
Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music
In The Heights – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Orchestrated and Arranged by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman at King’s Cross Theatre
Best Theatre Choreographer
Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best Musical Revival
Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Best Actor in a Musical
Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical
Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
MasterCard Best New Musical
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre
I developed/found my interest in theatre when in High School. I got a chance to see a dress rehearsal of “Streetcar Named Desire,” and that literally changed my life. This was at the Red Barn Theatre in Jackson’s Point, which was Canada’s oldest summer theatre venue, long since burned down. My next live theatre was in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra, Deborah Kerr and John Kerr in “Tea and Sympathy.” When I moved to Toronto, I literally saw everything at the Royal Alexandra, from J.B, Anastasia, Luther, The Visit, with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Diary of Anne Frank, Separate Tables with Geraldine Page, The Best Man, Advise and Consent, The Miracle Worker, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Look Homeward Angel, Auntie Mame, and musicals like South Pacific, Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, King and I, Finian’s Rainbow, L’il Abner, etc. No wonder I got hooked on live performances.
Also when in High School, my mother took me to Stratford to see the Stratford Shakespearian Festival. This was another whole new world to me, and theatre began to take over my life. Not from an acting point of view, but just being an audience member. Now at 75, my major interest is theatre. On a trip to New York City or London I will see 10 shows in a week.
In 1959 I went to New York for the first time, in a weekend we saw Raisin in the Sun with Claudia McNeil, Once Upon a Mattress, with Carol Burnett, and Leave It To Jane.
In 1965 I got to London for the first time, and saw Maggie May, Creeps, Killing of Sister George, Homecoming and Amen Corner, again with Claudia McNeil.
The great talents I have seen on stage is amazing. From the Lunts, to Mary Martin, Albert Finney, Julie Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Angela Lansbury, the Redgraves, Barbara Streisand, Ingrid Bergman, Lillian Gish, Vivian Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Perkins, Jessica Tandy, Judy Garland, Judy Holliday, Ethel Merman, to name a few. For this last 60 years my time spent in the dark has been most worthwhile and a very rewarding experience. I feel I have experienced the most that theatre had to offer.
I hope this site will give you some insight into this fantastic world of make-believe. It is set up by theatres, not only those current and bookable, but those that have been abandoned or demolished over time, including year, location, seating capacity and major productions. It is a great research site for not only theatregoers, but actors, students and teachers of the arts:
By long runs on Broadway, Off Broadway, London, and Toronto:
And by what is on in major cities, like New York, London and Toronto