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Sarah Bernhardt in the title role of L'Aiglon (The Eaglet) by Edmond Rostand, Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, 1900.


This section presents an overview of the history of theatre and its milestones: the major periods, the famous artists—playwrights, directors, designers and actorswho influenced its development, and finally, a panorama of theatre architecture, past and present.

Major historical eras

Major playwrights

Great directors

Great designers

Major actors

Theatre architecture: historical overview and contemporary trends

  • Ancient Greek theatre - Coming soon
  • Elizabethan theatre - Coming soon
  • Renaissance Italy - Coming soon
  • Contemporary frontal auditorium – Bayreuth - Coming soon
  • An example of a configurable theatre (National Arts Centre Studio) - Coming soon