Play (theatre)

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This article is about the stage performance. For other uses of the term Play, please see Play (disambiguation).
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A 2005 high school performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth that took place in Washington state.

A play is a literary work intended for performance, typically in public. The performance is also called a play, and takes place on a stage, usually in a theatre.

The world's most famous playwright is William Shakespeare, and Hamlet is probably his most famous play.

A scene from the German-language play Die Grosse Wut des Philipp Hotz, staged in 1975 at the Carousel Theater, University of Tennessee.