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Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, "a place for viewing"), itself from θεάομαι (theáomai, "to see", "to watch", "to observe").

Modern Western theatre comes, in large measure, from the theatre of ancient Greece, from which it borrows technical terminology, classification into genres, and many of its themes, stock characters, and plot elements. Theatre artist Patrice Pavis defines theatricality, theatrical language, stage writing and the specificity of theatre as synonymous expressions that differentiate theatre from the other performing arts, literature and the arts in general.

Modern theatre includes performances of plays and musical theatre. The art forms of ballet and opera are also theatre and use many conventions such as acting, costumes and staging. They were influential to the development of musical theatre; see those articles for more information.

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Traversée : danse de nègres.
Mademoiselle des Chars dansant a l'Opera.
[Les Noces de Pelée et de Theétis]
Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theater of the worlde ... [Title page]
Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theater of the worlde ... [Title page verso]
Carro di Teti, Jacques Callot
Carro d'Amore, Jacques Callot
Entrée des sieurs de Vroncourt, Tyllon et Mariment
Jacques Callot - Entrée de son Altesse à pied
Entrée de Monseigneur Henry de Lorraine, Marquis de Moy soubs le nom de Pirandre.
Tempesta commossa da Amore ne campi Toscani: Alfonsus Parigius deli: et fecit
Stefano Della Bella - [Horse ballet].
Mme Vestris, as, Apollo. (In Midas)
[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis.]
[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis] F. Francart del. I. Torelli in. I. Silvestre F.
[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis] F. Francart del. I. Torelli in. I. Silvestre F.
Ferdinando Tacca - [L'Hipermestra].
Magny en habit de viellard dansant dans l'opéra de Thésée: Berain inv.
Aveline Pierre le Vieux - Les tombeaux du Roy de l'Isle de Naxos
Aveline Pierre le Vieux - Campagne et bocage agreable dans L'isle de Naxos
Habit d'Andimion du balet du Triomphe de l'amour.
Habits des nymphes de la suitte d'Orithie du balet du Triomphe de l'amour: J. Berin del.
Habit d'Indien du balet du Triomphe de l'amour: J. Berin del.
A prospect of the inside of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster, from the Quire to the East End, with the furniture thereof, as it apeared before the Grand Proceeding entred; shewing the position of the altar, theatre, thrones, chairs, pulpit, benches, seats and galleries.
Societatis Iesu Sacerdos P. Claudius Franciscus Menestrier.
Mademoiselle Desmastain en Pallas a l'Opera
Decoration de Theatre du ballet de Thetis represente en machine au Petit Bourbon devant leurs Majesté de l'invention de Jacq. Torelli Italien
L'opera
Set design for Il favore de gli dei, [1690].
Aveline Pierre le Vieux - [Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis]
Robert Bonnart - L'Esté
Mademoiselle du Fort dansant a l'Opera
Johannes van den Aveele - Armide
Johannes van den Aveele - Roland
Femme de qualité dansant.
Anne (or possibly Janneton) Auretti.
Le sieur Ballon et la delle. Prévost dans le ballet d'action des Scythes
Driade. J. B. Martin inv. sculp.
2 Trumpeters (The Blended Rose)
4-Italy
Jean Nicolas Servandoni: directeur de l'Opéra pour les décors
Monsieur Ballon. Danseur de l'opera.
For the Benefit of M. Walker.  Theatre Convent.  Royal Garden.
Masque en habit de paysan: C. Pr. S. C. Maj. M. Engelbr. sc. et excud. Aug[ustae] Vind[elicorum]
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Mr. Caverle[y] dancing master.
15-Belgium
Representation du théatre ou l'on joue les comédies pour le divertissement du Roy de Tunquin et de son cour
For the Benefit of Joe Miller.  Theatre Royal.  Drury Lane.  The Old Batchelor.
Fêtes données à Vienne à l'occasion du mariage de Joseph II avec Marie Josephine Antoinette de Baviére, le 23 Janvier 1765.
Johannes van den Aveele - Amadis
Achille et Polixene
Les peines et les plaisirs de l'amour
Ertinger Franz - Le Carnaval
Ertinger Franz - Pamone
Ertinger Franz - Le carnaval de Venise
Ertinger Franz - Thesée
Ertinger Franz - Les festes galantes
Ertinger Franz - Alceste
Ertinger Franz - Armide
Ertinger Franz - Bellerophon
Ertinger Franz - L'Europe galante
Ertinger Franz - Les fragments
Ertinger Franz - Le temple de la paix
Ertinger Franz - Psyché
Ertinger Franz - Amadis de Grece
Ertinger Franz - Amadis
Les festes de l'Amour et de Bachus
Ertinger Franz - L'idile de Sceaux
Ertinger Franz - Alcine
Ertinger Franz - Ulysee et Penelope
Ertinger Franz - Les Muses
Ertinger Franz - Iphigénie
Ertinger Franz - Télémaque
Ertinger Franz - Tancrède
Ertinger Franz - La vénitienne
The famous Dutch woman.
George White - Mr. Isaac, choreographer
[The dragon of Wantley].
Le petit sabotier. âgé de cinq ans et demi, dansant l'entrée de Pierrot.
Mr. Hardouin dansant à l'Opéra d'Yphigenie.
For the benefit of Mademoiselle Violette at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, Wednesday February the 11th
William de la Cour - Jacob de Gheyn II - La jardiniere Italienne
William de la Cour - L'Espagnolette
William de la Cour - La Siamoise
La bergere galante
Moore's engagement to Margery
Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century
Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century
Basan Francois - La guinguette
Commedia dell'arte - Arlequin - Rich, 1753
Unidentified ballet - Salle Marie
Madame Folliazzi Angellino, premiere Danseuse au Theatre Imperial.
Africain: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp
Paysanne galante: On fait usage de cet habit dans le Ballet de la Provençale et dans plusieurs ballets du même genre. J. B. Martin inv. et sculp
James Watson - Nancy Dawson.
Indienne: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp
Paysanne galante: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp
Miss Nancy Dawson.
Nancy Dawson.
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