An area designed for public recitations and performances. Greek cities had outdoor theatres not only for the classical tragedies and comedies but also for official assemblies. They were often large and were constructed with remarkably good acoustics. Paul was minded to enter the theatre at Ephesus (Acts 19: 30–31) but was dissuaded because of the crowd's hostility. The Jews put forward a spokesman, Alexander, perhaps to disclaim responsibility for Paul and Christianity, but he was shouted down.