Theatre Etiquette

Arrive Early
It is suggested that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the show. This allows you to find your seat, read the program, and get settled before the show begins. Please arrive early to have the best Nixon Centre experience possible.


Late Arrivals
Those that arrive after the curtain goes up will be seated at the discretion of theatre management so as to not cause an interruption to other patrons as well as the actors on stage. Usually, this is during a scene break or the applause break at the end of a song. Just alert the usher that you have arrived late and ask to be seated. The usher will usually peek into the house, and escort you to your seat when the time is right. There is a safety issue here, too. Plunging into a darkened theatre could lead to a trip or fall. If your seat is down near the stage, you also may wish to stand at the back of the theatre until intermission.


Silence You Devices

When electronics ring and vibrate it is very distracting for both the actors and audience members. The bright light emitted from the use of these devices is also a disturbance. We appreciate and encourage you sharing your Nixon Centre experience via social media, but we ask that you select appropriate times to do so. Pre-show, intermission, and after the curtain closes are wonderful opportunities do update and post your status. Please refrain from using your electronic devices during a performance.


Photography And Videos Inside The Theatre Are Prohibited

Photos or videos of any kind are not to be taken of the stage or of the performance due to copyright regulations. You are welcome to take photos in our lobby and prior to curtain time, intermission and at the conclusion of the show in the theatre. If attempts are made to photograph or video during the performance, a kind usher or House Manager will require you to delete the pictures to ensure we are all compliant with copyright regulations.


Limit Your Restroom Breaks

We request that you use the facilities before the show, during intermission, and after the performance. Should you mis-plan and find yourself unable to wait for a proper break, we ask that you exit the theatre during a scene change, applause, or black-out.


Don’t Talk During The Show
A quick whisper to your neighbor, or an audible reaction to something interesting that happens on stage is fine but keep conversations to the intermission and after the show. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show.


Stay Until The Final Bow

Yes, the parking lot gets busy but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Please wait until the show is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.


If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher.