I'm writing a literature analysis essay on a play and was wondering which word I would use to describe the people viewing/reading the play.

I'm used to the word reader(s) as I have wrote essays for stories and novels but was unsure if this needed to be swapped for a word like viewer when writing about a play.

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You read a script and watch or attend a performance. You and your fellow readers are the readership. You and your fellow attendees are the audience.

  • The way a written play looks on the page and the way it sounds when pronounced are vastly different. Be specific whether you're talking about readers, performers, or audience. Mar 8, 2023 at 22:33

I would probably use the word "Audience" because audience could be somebody viewing, or reading the play

  • Would you really think of yourself as the audience if you're sitting at home reading a play? Mar 8, 2023 at 22:46
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