Today these forms, together with the more aristocratic and intellectual Noh, constitute a classical theatre based on practice rather than on theory.
They may be superseded as a result of the invasion of Western drama, but in their perfection they are unlikely to change.
Auxiliary theatre arts such as music and design also have their own controlling traditions and conventions, which the playwright must respect.
The size and shape of the playhouse, the nature of its stage and equipment, and the type of relationship it encourages between actor and audience also determine the character of the writing.
Not least, the audience’s cultural assumptions, holy or profane, local or international, social or political, may override all else in deciding the form and content of the drama.
These are large considerations that can take the student of drama into areas of sociology, politics, social history, religion, It is difficult to assess the influence of theory since theory usually is based on existing drama, rather than drama on theory.The concept in the Considering the inconvenience of such rules and their final unimportance, one wonders at the extent of their influence.The Renaissance desire to follow the ancients and its enthusiasm for decorum and classification may explain it in part.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!Similarly, the drama of the medieval church began with the chanted liturgies of the Roman mass.In the professional playhouses of the Renaissance and after, only rarely is music absent: Sidebar: Music in Shakespeare’s plays), and the skill with which he pursues dramatic ends with musical help is a study in itself.Every conceivable aspect of a play is treated, from the choice of metre in poetry to the range of moods a play can achieve, but perhaps its primary importance lies in its justification of the aesthetic of Indian drama as a vehicle of religious enlightenment. His heroic plays for this theatre established an unassailable dramatic tradition of depicting an idealized life inspired by a rigid code of honour and expressed with extravagant ceremony and fervent lyricism.At the same time, in another vein, his pathetic “domestic” plays of middle-class life and the suicides of lovers established a comparatively realistic mode for Japanese drama, which strikingly extended the range of both Bunraku and Kabuki.Nevertheless, discussion about the supposed need for the unities continued throughout the 17th century (culminating in the French critic (1609), written out of his experience with popular audiences, was a commonsense voice raised against the classical rules, particularly on behalf of the importance of comedy and its natural mixture with tragedy.In England both ) sought to accommodate Shakespeare to a new view of Aristotle.