A mildly derogatory term used by contemporary theatre professionals and scholars to refer to a theatrical production that is done in the exact manner of the original production of the play.

An example of some museum pieces are the replications of Shakespeare’s plays and The New Globe in London.

For many theatre professional it is essential that a production of an older text be done in such a manner that the text may reach a modern audience. This does not always mean “doing it in modern dress.” To prevent a play from becoming a museum piece it must merely be placed in context though choices in acting style, design and direction that allow an audience of today to get in touch with the heart of the play.

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