Dress for London Theatre

Mar 2nd, 2003, 09:35 AM
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Dress for London Theatre

We're finally going to London. I've been following London threads with interest and found very useful information that I've incorporated into my itinerary and plans. One thing I haven't found in guidebooks is standards of dress for theatre in London. Is jacket and tie customary? Are most people "dressy"? or is it like US where anything goes? Thanks for your guidance.
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 09:42 AM
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IIRC - Things used to be much more "formal" than they are now....I refer to the mid-70's when most "locals" would be in very nice clothes, if not jacket and tie....

Now, things are much as they are elsewhere, in that more casual clothing is commonplace. I'd stop just short of saying "anything goes", but that's just one guys opinion. I have worn (nice) jeans, khakis, golf shirts or sweaters, and felt very comfortable in terms of other's clothing.

In any event, have a great trip and don't worry TOO much about the dress codes!!
Best wishes, Dave
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:35 AM
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it seems gone are the days when everyone 'dressed up'for theatre. The last few times we have been we went smart but not dressy. There was a mixture of all kinds but mostly smart casual. Don't let it be a worry and enjoy.
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:36 AM
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Dave's correct. "Casual Friday" dress would be fine but you'll see almost everything except shorts!
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:45 AM
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When I went to see a musical in London, I saw a mixture of dressy, yuppy, touristy types of fashion. So I don't think there's a dress code. It really depends on you and how you want to make that night. For me, a night at the theatre means a special night out. So usually it's preceded by dinner at a nice restaurant, and I dress fashionably. A jacket and a tie is not necessary, but it depends on how you want your night to be.

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Mar 2nd, 2003, 01:07 PM
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I've always been one to dress up more than average. But with the usual very narrow and crowded seating in London theatres, I've abandoned coat and tie which is just too confining and also generally too warm! The only reason I'd wear a jacket and tie is if I were going to a really dressy place for dinner before or after, but I'm tending to like the more "trendy" restaurants where coats and ties are also a thing of the past. A dressy black shirt seems to be the official uniform.
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 01:44 PM
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Great, I'lll get my Bermuda shorts out of storage and hit the town. I'll try not to wear my knee high socks. Whats the latest must see show in town? Comming to a theatre nea you!
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 01:49 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. Nothing easier than to just look nice/acceptable and be comfortable. I like it and better yet, my husband really likes it. No whining about coat and tie.
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