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The sphere of theater, and thus the goings-on in one of the Orlais' most prestigious establishments, is a close reflection the political climate of the country. Many a social scandal will even find itself immortalized as a play.
Before the rule of Empress Celene, artistic expression in theater was often stunted by the Chantry or the current ruler. At one point, any work performed had to be approved by both.  A particularly popular one to use as an allegory, Les Trois Soeurs, has in the past been banned tree times. 
Though theatrical works reflect central themes of Orlesian culture, such as disdain towards Fereldens and reverence for Kordilius Drakon, a few striking contrasts can also be found. In a country where The Grand Game can be a matter of life and death, a character's importance to the play and gender is clearly defined by the appearance of their mask, an article which once donned, is understood to be absolutely them. Elves have also done well in the theaters of Orlais, and are not only allowed to hold main parts and play humans but also can socially progress upon becoming famous.
- Wintersend, celebrated at the beginning of Pluitanis, is a holiday that has become a day for trade, theater, and, in some areas, the arrangement of marriages.