10. During the show
Just before the show starts the lights will go down and it will get a little darker. Everyone will need to try to be quiet and sit still if they can.
Watching the show might feel like you’re watching a film or television, but the actors are in the same room.
It is best to remain in your seat during the performance but if you need the toilet or there is an important reason to leave you can do so via the nearest exit.
11. During the break/interval
Some shows have a break (or interval) part way through. The lights on stage will go down and some people might clap. This tells the performers that you are enjoying the show so far. Feel free to join in if you wish - you don’t have to though.
Some people find clapping very noisy, this may be a helpful time to use whatever you find useful to tolerate loud noises. If you find the clapping too loud you can cover your ears for a minute or leave the theatre space.
During the break/interval most people will leave the theatre space to move around in the Ground or First Floor areas, use the toilet, get drinks or snacks or go outside for some fresh air.
The break/interval will last about 15 minutes.
There will be an announcement just before the show is about to re-start and you should go back to your seat.
12. After the show
At the end of the show some people might clap again. They may also stand up. This is permitted at the end of a show. If you would like to join in, you can. If you find the clapping too loud you can cover your ears for a minute or leave the theatre space.
Once the show has finished everyone will leave the theatre and the Ground/First floor may become busy. You may prefer to leave whilst people are clapping so that you can exit the venue whilst the Ground and First Floors are less busy. Alternatively you can stay behind in the theatre for a short time and leave after everyone else.