Appropriate Theatre Attire

Old Dec 12th, 2002, 05:43 PM
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I always used to dress up for the theatre, but have given it up in London. I usually wear fairly dressy slacks and a sport shirt. The seats are generally too small and uncomfortable and the temperature is usually far too warm for a coat and tie for me. I'd rather be comfortable. On the other hand, I always wear a sport coat to the National, otherwise I'd freeze from their air-conditioning.
Old Dec 13th, 2002, 07:45 AM
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Mitch, I went to see The Lion King this past summer in London. I assumed that it was a special occasion like it is in New York where you dress "smart Casual". We were in for a shock when alot of people were in blue jeans and Tshirts. I still felt like I was dressed appropriately for the theatre, but just know that if you want to wear your jeans,then you will blend right in. Dress however you feel best when going to the theatre. I will still dress the way I did the last time. It just felt more approriate.
Old Dec 13th, 2002, 08:26 AM
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Sherry writes
>I have packed to wear a black sweater and lace skirt set that, together, look sort of like a cocktail dresss (informal/semi-formal), and my husband had planned to wear a sports jacket and tie. Is this okay or will we be overdressed?<

Sherry, you are my kind of people.

Old Dec 15th, 2002, 02:40 PM
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Thanks everyone. Believe me scruffy isn't on the agenda. I would expect London to be a more formal city than L.A. I don't go to the theatre in jeans here and I won't be in London either.

I appreciate the responses.

Old Dec 15th, 2002, 03:28 PM
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One of these days people will get out of the mode that they have to dress as if they are worried they will spill something on themselves. Truly good clothes are more comfortable that those stupid jeans and tshirts that most people are wearing now. It is a really amazing thing to watch. I see all these idiots carrying bags out of the malls of America and wonder what is in those bags and when is the time to dress where you look decent. Maybe Brittney Spears could answer that........
Old Dec 15th, 2002, 06:56 PM
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I just love it when Ben gives an authoritative answer, and then all of the pseudo intellectuals fall out of the woodwork with totally superflous, and often inane commentary. It is just about as comical, in an attempt to be serious, as a fat, fill-in tenor I saw Saturday at the Met doing battle as Manrico.
(And if you have to ask who Manrico is, the answer will not do you much good.)

And to add a little fuel to the flames. Obesity is elective! At least in Western culture.
Old Dec 16th, 2002, 03:09 AM
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To try an avoid the "what I think we should all wear" argument, here's my observations on what people actually wear and what is considered acceptable:

1. Anything (except perhaps shorts and a bikini) are acceptable, and you will see everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.
2. During the week, most Londoners will go to the theatre straight from work, so will generally be dressed in "smart/smart casual" - ie not jeans and t-shirts (although I do often wear jeans to work and so have worn them to the theatre, I tend to team jeans with smart boots, top, wool coat, pashmina etc so don't look like a scruff).
3. On a Saturday night most people would treat it as a special occasion and make a little more of an effort.
4. Unless it's the first night of the latest ballet at the Royal Opera House, anyone would feel very overdressed in black tie or twinkly cocktail dresses.
5. You'll see many tourists who have either:
a) gone straight to the theatre from slogging about the museums all day and so are very casually dressed or
b) have gone home to change first and are dressed quite snazzily.
Aim somewhere between the 2, and you won't feel out of place.
Old Dec 16th, 2002, 06:02 AM
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Ditto to all of Kate's post. And to Ben's initial one.

(Another Londoner, who goes to the theatre here from time to time)
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