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What to Wear to the Theatre

Last updated 4 years ago

Attending a theatre production is a great way to enjoy the arts in a beautiful setting. However, many people hesitate to visit the theatre if they do not know what to wear. While the appropriate attire will depend upon the show you are attending, there are some general guidelines that you and your family can follow when planning a trip to the theatre.

  • Women

For more formal theatre productions, such as operas, women should opt for dresses, skirts, or dress slacks paired with a formal blouse. The opening night of a production is often the most extravagant, so women may opt to wear long evening gowns. If you are attending a less formal event, such as a musical play or an afternoon show, a nice top or sweater paired with khaki pants or slacks is appropriate. Footwear choice is also important, so be sure to avoid tennis shoes and sandals by opting for heels or closed-toe flats.

  • Men

The dress guidelines for men are also dependent upon the type and time of the event. On the opening night of a large orchestral production, a full suit with a white dress shirt, tie, and jacket may be expected. Men can opt for ironed slacks, collared shirts, and dress shoes for showings in the afternoon or for less formal productions. Often, the attire worn for business is appropriate for the theatre.

  • Children

Children who are attending an evening showing of an event that is geared toward a general audience should be appropriately attired. Choose a collared shirt and khaki pants or slacks for boys. A nice sweater worn with khaki pants or a comfortable dress is appropriate for young girls. If you are bringing your children to a youth-oriented production, more casual clothing is appropriate.

While there is no formal dress code at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, wearing appropriately formal clothing can turn your night at the theatre into a stylish event. To learn about our upcoming shows, call the Toronto Centre for the Arts today at (416) 250-3724.


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