Proper Etiquette in the Theatre

February 14, 2020

Theatre Etiquette 

At the Broadway Theatre League, our goal is to ensure that all of our guests have an enjoyable experience. A lot of work goes in to a production to create a seamless show. For this reason, it’s really important that we show respect to those involved in the production. Here are some quick tips to make sure your theatre etiquette is on point!


  • Don’t arrive to the theatre late Now, we all know that traffic can get hectic, especially with this winter weather. So make sure to leave for the theatre early, setting aside some extra time just in case driving takes longer than expected. The house is open 30 minutes prior to the show. So please plan accordingly.
  • Dress for the occasion Although there are no dress codes,  we encourage all to dress for the occasion.  Business casual is always appropriate.
  • Shut off phones during performances We’re not just talking ‘no texting during performances’. Phones can also become a problem when the ringer goes off in the middle of a show. Don’t be that person! Silence or power off your phone prior to the start of the show.
  • Do not talk during shows Okay, this one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised. Please remember that talking – even whispering – not only distracts those on stage, but also fellow audience members.
  • No sing-alongs While an actor is onstage singing a song, this is not the time to show off the fact that you know the entire soundtrack word-for-word. Those onstage should be the only ones singing, unless they indicate in a specific song for the audience to sing or snap along.
  • No crunching! Unwrap snacks or cough drops prior to the show. It is appreciated that any sort of crunchy snacks, such as pretzels and potato chips, are avoided during the performance.
  • Take your trash out of the theatre with you Do not leave ticket stubs or wrappers on the ground. If you do not wish to keep your program, kindly return it to the ushers.
  • Express gratitude  Applause is encouraged when necessary. The actors are working hard for your entertainment, show them your utmost appreciation!
  • Enjoy the experience Not only the show itself, but the purchasing of the ticket, the time spent prior to the show, the beauty of the theatre and the memory that was made because you were there.



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