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The world's first plays were performed almost 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. The more Western idea of theatre, with a story, a hero, songs and characters on stage, began with the Ancient Greeks. Thespis, a Greek, was said to be the very first actor. That is why modern actors are called "thespians." In modern times, there are many different styles of plays. From comedies to dramas, from musicals to experimental theatre, there is something for everyone on stage.