Theatre Etiquette

Arrive Early

• You must be in your seat for the play to start on time.
• The lights in the theater will dim as a signal that the play is about to start.

Be quiet during the play

• Do not talk.
• Do not unwrap candy.
• Do not make noise.
• You have a responsibility in live performance to the performers and to the rest of the audience.

Silence your electronics

• Make sure these items are turned off or set on ‘silent’ during the show:
• cell phones
• watches
• beepers.

Stay in your seat

• Audience members must stay seated during the performance.
• Audience members may stand only for an emergency.
• If you absolutely must leave, do so at a break or during applause.
• You should only re-enter the theatre at a break.

No recording or photos!

• Recording is NOT ALLOWED. This includes all photography, video or audio recordings.
• Such recording is illegal as well as annoying!


• If the play is very long, there will be an intermission, or short break, in the middle.
• You may stand and talk during intermission.
• Bathrooms can be very crowded, so take the shortest break possible.
• You must be back in your seat before intermission ends and the play resumes.

Be courteous

• Wait patiently at the ticket booth, the exit, the restroom, etc.
• Intermission time is limited—be quick.

Observe ALL rules

• Theatre rules are for the safety and well-being of the audience and the performers.
• Respect ALL rules and policies!

After the performance

• If you think the play was good, applaud enthusiastically.
• If you think a performance was truly outstanding, stand and applaud loudly (“standing ovation”).
• If you did not like it, sit quietly in your seat until you can leave.