The history of theatre and the Church

An increasing number of Christians in today’s church are becoming involved in the life of theatre, whether it be on the stage or on the film set, and this is indeed encouraging; there needs to be more ‘salt and light’ of Christ in this very needy industry. But it has not always been so in church history. In this brief article I shall endeavour to bring to light the Christian attitude to theatre in the first five centuries of the church, and then give a brief outline of the church’s attitude to theatre after that.