Convergence is what's happening, especially as labor costs and manpower costs go up, up, up. In the 1900s at Drury Lane, there were famous pantomimes every year, with 500 people backstage, including 40 men under a canvas cloth to create a stormy sea. Labor was cheap, but that was the last great era of theatre. There were train crashes and sinking troop ships and a man called Sensation Smith who came in just to stage spectacular scenes. In classical European theatre in France and Italy there ...

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