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What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

Arizona
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What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

Greetings! I'm almost done with preparations for our upcoming family vacation and just realized I have no clue what the expected dress code would be for a matinee showing of Swan Lake by the Royal Ballet. I've already secured tickets and my daughter and I are over the moon excited, but we don't want to over dress and certainly don't want to under dress for the event. We've attended many ballets here in the United States (New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky during their tours, etc) but I don't know if things are done differently at the Royal Opera House. Thank you so much for any guidance any of you wonderful London Travel Forum visitors could provide.

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Wiltshire, United...
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1. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

There is no dress code www.roh.org.uk/visit/attending-a-performance

London, United...
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2. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

In my experience, people don't really dress formally for the theatre, especially a matinee. Smart casual at most; I certainly wouldn't wear ripped jeans and a vest but neither would I wear a suit.

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3. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

Wear what you want. You are the customer, you are the one paying.

Arizona
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4. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

Excellent, thank you all for your quick replies. The dresses we have picked out to wear will be perfect. Looking forward to introducing my two teenagers to the beautiful city of London next week.

BAC
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5. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

Sometimes mums dress daughters up to say 8 years of age in 'party dresses' and sparkly shoes for ballet performances (attending as patrons). Each to their own. We all have our own ideas.

But anything goes. ...

Edited: 4:28 pm, June 06, 2018
Arizona
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6. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

duineeiginbac - I definitely did that when my daughter was younger. She loved it!

London
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7. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

Most youngsters wear pink Tutus

Essex
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8. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

"nice" clean clothes!

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9. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

And if you take sweets in please no wrappers!

Arizona
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10. Re: What to wear to a matinee showing of the Royal Ballet?

beentheredunthat - She's a teen now but actually has pink tutus as she's in a pre-professional ballet program. :)

MrsGiroud - Yes definitely no wrappers, please.

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