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A theatre, or playhouse, is a structure where theatrical works or plays are performed or other performances such as musical concerts may be produced. While a theatre is not required for performance, a theatre serves to define the performance and audience spaces. The facility is traditionally organized to provide support areas for performers, the technical crew and the audience members. There are as many types of theatres as there are types of performance. Theatres may be built specifically for a certain types of productions, they may serve for more general performance needs or they may be adapted or converted for use as a theatre. They may range from open-air amphitheatres to ornate, cathedral-like structures to simple, undecorated rooms or black box theatres. Some theatres may have a fixed acting area, while some theatres such as black box theatres, may not, allowing the director and designers to construct an acting area suitable for the production. In Australia and New Zealand a small and simple theatre, particularly one contained within a larger venue, is called a theatrette. The word originated in 1920s London, for a small-scale music venue. (via Freebase)