Comparison and Contrast Essay: Theatre Production vs. Movies

In the busy life of the city, people often lack time for fun and relaxation but when they do find time, they often spend it on entertaining themselves. One form of entertainment is by watching productions, either on stage or in film. People often choose between theatre productions and movies based on their preferences. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the entertainment level, the quality of the characters’ performances and impact to the audience of theatre productions and movies.

Theatre productions and movies are both entertaining but they have entertainment levels which vary depending on how they are presented and how the audience perceive them. Since the main point of these it to entertain people, either through drama, comedy, or action; it is important that they reach a high level of entertainment in order to entice more people to watch them. Costumes, props, effects and the like add to the entertainment level. Most people find movies more entertaining because movies have more enhanced visual and audio effects for they can be edited through the use of computers and other equipments involved in move productions. Theatre productions, on the other hand, have limited effects. They are presented live therefore, they cannot be edited. In order to add more effects to the production, they rely on props and sound effects.

Other than the effects, people also look at the quality of the characters’ performances. Movies and theatre production teams usually hire or cast trained and experienced actors and actresses to play a part in their movie or stage production. In movies, since they are filmed, the actors and actresses can easily correct their mistakes. Whenever they make a mistake, the director can just shout “cut”, omit that scene and film again. For theatre productions, however, actors and actresses do their performances live so they have to be perfect in carrying out their roles since there is no director to cut the play and repeat the scene again during the actual performance day.

Having these characteristics, movies and theatre productions have different impact on the audience. Audience impact partly depend on the preferences of the people. Some people are more affected or moved by theatre performances, others by movies. Even so, movies have greater impact on people because they have a wider audience. They are more accessible and cheaper. Theatre productions are not available for everyone and not a lot of people are fond of them either.

Although movies and theatre productions are both entertaining, more people prefer watching movies because they are more practical and they have more enhanced visual and audio effects. But, in order to truly compare and contrast these two forms of entertainment, one must experience them both first.


I actually had fun writing this essay. When we were asked to think of a topic for our comparison and contrast essay, this was the first topic that I thought of because I know how some people would rather watch movies rather than theatre productions and vice versa. I find them both entertaining in their own way. For me, this is an interesting topic. I like how my essay turned out. It is very fun and entertaining. I believe that I was able to properly compare and contrast movies and theatre productions. I also believe that I was able to show what, for me, is the better option.

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