Multi-branch theater

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A multi - branch theater is a theater with a repertoire system or a semi-stagione system that shows its own productions in several branches of the stage arts. Own soloist for each division ensemble dedicated. Usually they all play on the same stage.

The state and city ​​theaters in the German-speaking area and in Eastern Europe are for the most part three- part theaters (or “three-part houses”) with music, drama and dance.

Sometimes these classical branches are divided into further branches, i.e. the music in music theater and concert , the music theater in turn in opera , operetta and musical , and the stage dance in ballet and dance theater . The decisive factor for the division of divisions is whether there is a separate organization for each of these divisions. Many theaters refer to themselves as four or even five-branch houses.

In more recent times, the children's and youth theater as well as the puppet or figure theater are run as separate branches.

In addition, there are often two-part theaters with opera and drama or opera and ballet (which are often called the opera house ).

Until the middle of the 19th century, this division was not yet in the sharpness of today. Opera singers often had to take part in the acting or actors had to sing along in the opera. The participation of singers and actors in ballet was also common for a long time (see mimics ). Today there is only a few productions that are of minor importance in terms of prestige , such as operettas or Christmas fairy tales.