There was a time when formal dress was compulsory for the theatre. A time when theatre-goers, especially those in the ‘dress circle’, had to be well-turned out. But is there still a dress code for the theatre? It seems that nowadays, there are no rules. And, in some ways, this makes it even more difficult to know what to wear.
Though there’s no set code it’s important to look like you’ve put the effort in. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t wear it to a nice restaurant it’s probably too scruffy for the theatre stalls. That means no ripped jeans, shorts, or, heaven forbid, flip flops. Consider swapping the jeans for a smart chino, and ditch the comfy fleece for a sharp dress coat or jacket.