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Similarities
Both performances occurred as part of religious festivals (rituals) in honor of deities
Theatrical performances in both cultures occurred occasionally ( either seasonally or annually)
Performers used masks, costumes, and assorted props to embellish their performances
Free admission was applied for all the performances
In both cultures, the audience members were free to come and go
Dance, music, and singing were part of theatrical performances in both cultures
Chorus played an important role in Greek tragedy, the chorus of female singers existed in Egyptian rituals.
Greek tragedies and Egyptian rituals were performed in narrative tradition, they both included some action such as mock battles and rituals in their performances.
Differences
Greek theatre festivals included tragedies and comedies while Egyptians only performed mythological stories
The characters of Greek plays were gods, semi-gods, mortal elites, and ordinary people such as messengers, foreseers, and town people; while Egyptian play-rituals exclusively presented gods and semi-gods.
Priestess performers and dancers took major roles in Egyptian rituals while in Greece, only men performed on stage.
Greeks did not allow women or slaves to attend their Dionysian festivals; these groups were permitted to watch comedies at the time of Lenia festivals. Egyptian citizens, including slaves, women, and children could watch the ritual processions.
Egyptians used their temples and valleys to perform their rituals while Greeks had theaters specifically designed for the purpose of performances.
Greeks performed new plays each year; playwrights competed against one another. Egyptian priests used stories based on mythology and religion, thus there was no competition among Egyptians for artistic innovations.