(Original post by FrenchGal)
I go to the theatre alone all the time...
There is something that I find very strange in reading this thread: a lot of people only talk about musicals when they talk about the theatre - and looking at most thread on this Theatre and Live Comedy board, I see that musicals are really a big thing. I mean, I used to live in the UK, I know that it is a big thing, especially with this Andrew Lloyd Webber thingy on telly, but I wouldn't have thought that when you say 'theatre', a lot of people assume you mean musicals.
Yup... people on this thread are saying "omg it costs £30 minimum, that's why I don't go", well for "ordinary" theatre it doesn't cost that much at all... I am going to blame Lord Lloyd-Webber, High School Musical, Glee, all those other talent shows where people sing a lot from musicals, etc. Though it's pretty obvious that musicals have a wider appeal which is why they're so popular.
I think part of it was the way we're taught about theatre at school. Most of the time we studied play scripts the same way as we studied books. Particularly with Shakespeare, we were given the script and got fed up of trying to decipher it, before
going to see the play at the theatre - perhaps it should've been the other way round? I don't know how many kids studying Shakespeare for GCSE English actually get to see the play performed - we did but I'm going to assume my school's lucky as the RSC at Stratford isn't far away (plus, the school or the parents were able to pay). I seem to remember we got sick of over-analysing the language in Richard III, but then when we'd actually seen it on stage it changed people's perceptions completely and, shock, they actually quite enjoyed it.
Also attention spans are going down as people spend more time on the computer, and need something interactive to keep them occupied - I know some people who can't even sit in front of the TV without getting fidgety. Theatre is almost as un-interactive as you can get, it starts once or twice a day in a specific place, at a time that's not of your choosing, and you can't even pause it, so it probably seems really dated to some people.