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Is theatre primary purpose to educate the public?

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May 26, 2008 9:51PM

It depends what school of thought you come from. For many its primary purpose is to entertain. From a cynic's point of view, anything that costs money to use/see/get exists solely to sell itself. Otherwise, its primary purpose depends on the show. The Madness of King George or Les Miserables, for example, teach the audience about interesting times in history. Shows like Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, in addition to being highly entertaining, make you think about ethics and philosophy. Despite this variance, the one thing that most shows share is a goal of entertaining the audience.