Manners Do Matter: Even At The Theatre!

Manners Do Matter: Even At The Theatre!

Recently in the news we heard about an audi­ence mem­ber who’s cell phone rang dur­ing a sold-out per­for­mance of A Steady Rain star­ring Hugh Jack­man and Daniel Craig.  Do man­ners mat­ter?

To avoid being the next News Head­line here are few things to remember:

  1. Do not arrive  Late or Leave Early …it is unfair to the artist and the audience.
  2. Do not talk dur­ing the performance…whether it be film or live
  3. Do not rus­tle the pro­gram
  4. Make sure cell phones are on vibrate or off
  5. Do not wear alarm watches…at the very least make sure the alarm is not set to go off dur­ing the performance.
  6. If there is an usher he/she takes the ticket stubs and leads the way.  He/she then returns the stubs and hands them back some­times also pro­vides you with a pro­gram.  The women enters the row first…yes, it is still proper for the man to sit “aisle-side”
  7. If there is no usher, the woman enters the seat­ing aisle first.

Remem­ber going to the the­atre per­for­mance is meant to be joy­ful experience.


Jules Hirst is a sought after speaker and a rec­og­nized eti­quette coach based in Cal­i­for­nia.  She con­ducts lec­tures, work­shops, sem­i­nars and webi­nars  in busi­ness and social eti­quette.  Jules is also co-author of Power of Civil­ity where she shares strate­gies and tools for build­ing an excep­tional pro­fes­sional image.

Jules can be reached at: or 310–425-3160

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