The future of theatre is one that is very uncertain.
While there will always be people who will want to perform for others and there will never be shortage of material either from the ancient Greek canon or the great tragedies that have been performed in theatre houses for centuries, along with new material that has been and is being produced everyday, the fact remains that the way the world views and connects to things has vastly changed over the years.
Theatre, especially Broadway, was always somewhat considered the realm of the very wealthy sort, like the Ballet or the Opera was at one time. The shift that has occurred with the invention and spreading of the Internet tore down the curtain of that shadowy and elite world for all the world to see.
In today’s hardwired world, there are so many new ways to view any material – whether it is the plays that were once performed or even movies that were once the domain of movie theatres to an almost exclusive degree.
Will people still want to get dressed up and head to the center of the city to see a play being performed on stage when they can simply log on and see from the comfort of their own homes the way they have eschewed the movie theatre over the past decade or so? That remains to be seen.
There will certainly always be a certain segment of the population who for whatever reason, whether for the historical connection or feelings of being elite and entitled who will want to head to the theatre: somewhat similar to what has happened to live entertainment, with concerts and tours that should have been buried by live broadcasting or holograms. None of this has happened, and artists keep enjoying their hordes of fans in stadiums and clubs alike. Maybe the same will happen to playwrights and actors?