People’s life can’t be imagined without arts. They are not only entertainment for us, but also the way of expressing our thoughts and exchanging them through time and space. As the thoughts are often different, the art is so varied. So every nation has its own art with specific features. I wish to speak about British arts. In fact the position of the arts in Britain may be described as a mixture of public apathy and private enthusiasm. The reason of it is that government financial support is quite low. So many forms of the arts in Britain rely heavily on private sponsorship. The reason for it is probably a low profile of the arts in GB. The art subjects at schools tend to be pushed to the sidelines. TV programmes devoted to the arts are shown late at night. And finally the artists have comparatively little public recognition. Nevertheless we should admit that British arts are famous all over the world not without a reason. I think, it is better to start with what British people are the most proud of. Theatre. The theatre has always been very strong in Britain. Obviously, there’s London’s west End and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, but I would like to remark that provincial theatres have great shows too. They are called “repertory” theatres, every town has its own “repertory” theatre, where the same group of professional actors stages a different play every week. What’s more I should mention that today “pantomimes” are quite famous. That is a lavish performance of a well-known fairy story, but men and women swop their roles, so the male lead is often played by female and vise verse. Finally, I should say that British theatre has such a fine acting tradition that Hollywood is forever raiding its talent for people to star in films. In contrast, cinema in Britain is generally regarded as not quite part of “the arts” at all – it is simply entertainment. Another important part of art is music. Listening to music is a very common leisure activity in...
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