(Greek "theatron"), enjoys the distinction of two spellings: in British English, "theatre" and in American English, "theater". There is no technical distinction between the meanings of the two spellings, however most theatre artists prefer the English spelling because it creates a historical nod to the ancient Greek term theatron
. Some also use the American spelling to designate a theatre building and the English term to reference the art itself, as in the "art of theatre."
Theatre is that branch of the performing arts concerned with the creation of stories or narratives for (or with) an audience using combinations of acting, speech, gesture, music, dance, object manipulation, sound and spectacle — indeed, any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, musicals, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera, mummers' plays, and pantomime.
Creatures of Impulse
is a short story by English dramatist W. S. Gilbert
, which he later adapted for the stage with music by composer-conductor Alberto Randegger
. Both the short story and the play concern an unwanted and ill-tempered old fairy who enchants people to behave in a manner opposite their natures, with farcical
results. The short story was written for The Graphic'
s Christmas number of 1870, and the play was first produced at the Court Theatre
on 2 April 1871. It originally included six songs, but three were eventually cut, and some productions dispensed with the music entirely. While the lyrics survive, the music was never published and is lost. Reviews of the play were mostly positive, though it was criticised for the lack of a significant plot or superstructure to support its comic premise. Nonetheless, reviewers found it enjoyable, and it was a modest success, running for 91 performances and enjoying revivals into the early part of the 20th century. Gilbert had already written a considerable body of stories, plays, poems, criticism and other works before writing Creatures of Impulse
and would go on to write the libretti
to the famous Savoy operas
(composed by Arthur Sullivan
) between 1871 and 1896.
- Alastair Sim on stage and screen
- Bernard Lee on stage and screen
- Ian Carmichael on stage, screen and radio
- Carry On series on screen and stage
- David Niven on screen, stage, radio, record and in print
- George Formby on screen, stage, record and radio
- Hattie Jacques on stage, radio, screen and record
- John Barrymore on stage, screen and radio
- John Gielgud, roles and awards
- John Le Mesurier on stage, radio, screen and record
- Ralph Richardson, roles and awards
- Songs, sketches and monologues of Dan Leno
- Terry-Thomas on screen, radio, stage and record
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
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