Theatre Venues UK Map
A map of hundreds of theatre venues throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales. It marks small black-box studio spaces and mid-scale touring stages; likewise large ‘number one’ playhouses and opera houses. Provided by Tom Neill, this is therefore the most comprehensive online list of UK theatre venues.
Theatre was introduced from Europe to the United Kingdom by the Romans. Auditoriums were constructed across the country for this purpose. One example has been excavated at Verulamium. By the medieval period, theatre had developed with the mummers’ plays. This was a form of street theatre associated with the Morris dance. It concentrated on themes such as Saint George and the Dragon and Robin Hood. These were folk tales re-telling old stories. The actors travelled from town to town performing these for their audiences in return for money and hospitality.
Scottish theatre falls into the Western theatre tradition, although many performances investigate other cultural areas. The main influences are from North America, England, Ireland and Continental Europe. As a result of mass migration, both to and from Scotland, Scottish literature has been introduced to a global audience. This creates an increasingly multicultural Scottish theatre.
Theatre in Wales includes dramatic works in the Welsh language and English language. Actors from Wales have achieved international recognition. As a literary tradition, drama in Wales dates to morality plays of the 15th century. Two extant miracle plays Y tri Brenin o Gwlen and Y Dioddefaint a’r Atgyfodiad represent short individual plays. Ymddiddan y Corff a’r Enaid can be compared to the Everyman tradition.
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