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Tips on Theatre Etiquette

Travel Host Magazine
Summer 2010
Page 43
Tips on Theatre Etiquette

Many people love the theatre and with Spoleto quickly approaching, a question we may ask is; is there theatre seating protocol?

Etiquette suggests that there is theatre sitting protocol and it includes arriving to the theatre 15 minutes before the show starts to allow for visitation to the restrooms and concession stand and to also allow time to find your seats before the curtain rises.

If while searching for your seating number, you pass in front of those patrons already seated in your row, please make sure you face them as you do. This allows you to greet them and excuse yourself face to face, rather than putting your backside to them as you pass. 

Etiquette suggests it is not polite to get up during the performance, or leave early, unless it is an emergency. These actions are typically distracting to the people around you; often…. right at the best part of the show.

Please remember, the pleasure of these events is enhanced by your behavior towards others and the behavior of others towards you.

Author: Cynthia Grosso

Source: Travel Host Magazine

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