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What to Wear
There is no dress code to attend a performance at Actors Theatre–feel free to wear whatever you want! We recommend you check the weather before you come, though. Things like coats, scarves, hats and umbrellas can be dropped off at Coat Check from October through April.
We also suggest that you dress in layers that can easily be added or removed from your seat, in case you find the theatre to be either on the warm or cool side during your performance.
Research Your Show
If you’re unfamiliar with the production you’re about to see, we release a lot of content to help get you up to speed! Explore the site to learn more about your show, and get the ultimate experience during your performance. The performance’s show page is a great place to start: from there you can learn age recommendations and audience advisories.
Check Out Events
We have a lot of events that happen at the theatre, and many of them are free! Did you know that we hold a play discussion at the theatre for each production in our Brown-Forman Series? Take a look at our Events page for all the info regarding events that may be happening on or near your performance date.
When To Arrive
We recommend you budget enough time to arrive early to your performance. Patrons are allowed in the theatre 30 minutes before the show officially begins, but if you arrive earlier than that, feel free to spend time in our lobby spaces. You can grab a drink at the bar, or take a look at the artwork in the Roanne H. Victor Gallery.
Traffic in downtown Louisville can be tricky, especially when there’s an event at the Yum! Center across the street. We recommend you take a look at traffic apps or websites like Google Maps or Waze for the most current traffic.
Late Seating in the Pamela Brown Auditorium and Bingham Theatre is at the discretion of the House Manager. You may be directed to alternate seats or standing room if you arrive after the performance has begun. Please note there is no late seating in the Victor Jory Theatre.
Bottom line, make sure you leave in plenty of time to arrive before the time indicated on your ticket. You don’t want to be late!
Actors Theatre has its own parking garage located on the corner of Third and Main Streets. There are entrances on both streets. We will hold an ample number of spots in our garage to accommodate the parking needs of all Theatre patrons, volunteers and staff when theatre and arena events occur on the same day.
Please note that construction is happening on Main Street right outside of the entrance to Actors Theatre’s garage. Despite this, the garage entrance on Main Street is still functional and open to the public, so feel free to enter on that side.
The Main Street garage entrance is closed as an exit-only between 4-6 p.m. on weekdays.
If you do arrive early to your performance, feel free take a look around our lobby spaces. We have a lot going on in there from artwork on the walls to engaging whiteboard questions and banners that will tell you more about the show. You might also find some fun photo opportunities with the casts after Dracula and A Christmas Carol.
If you need to use the restroom at any point, there are men’s and women’s rooms located on Level One by Coat Check and on the Mezzanine Level behind the bar. If you prefer more privacy, take the Box Office elevator down to Level B, where there are lockable gender-neutral restrooms just opposite you as you get off the elevator.
The Mezzanine Bar is a great place to meet with friends before the show and grab a cocktail. We even have cocktails that are especially created for each production! You are welcome to bring your drinks into the theatre, but please finish any food (including candy) in the lobby.
Ushers hand out programs at every performance as you enter the theatre. Programs contain a lot of information about the cast and crew and more information about the show itself. We recommend taking the time to flip through them!
You can also find digital copies of our programs here.
First thing’s first, make sure you know what theatre your performance is in! You can find this information on the show page or on your ticket, as well as on signs in our garage. Once you’re in the building, a House Manager should be able to help you locate the right theatre space.
Your seat section and number will be marked on your ticket, but if you’re still unsure of where to go, an usher can direct you to your seat. For more explicit information on where to go, visit our Accessibility page.
You’re allowed to bring your cell phone into the theatre, however we just ask that you please silence it before the show starts. You’ll be reminded of this during the pre-show announcements, as well. Please don’t be that person whose phone goes off while the actors are on stage! We also ask that you refrain from texting during the performance. The use of any device to photograph or record inside the theatre is strictly prohibited.
You may take pictures before or after the performance or during intermission, but the use of any device to photograph or record during the performance is strictly prohibited.
When the show is over, the actors will come back on stage for their final bow. This is your opportunity to applaud for them after all the hard work they put in! Feel free to stand or remain seated as they take their bow. A standing ovation indicates that you really enjoyed the play you just saw. That, and applause, makes the cast and crew feel appreciated.
Before you leave, be sure to check that you have all of your personal items. And, we want you to stay safe, so we encourage you to wait until the lights have been fully raised before exiting the theatre.
Share Your Experience
We want to know what you thought! Share your experience on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and feel free to tag us on any of these platforms. Let us know what you thought about the play and/or your overall experience there. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.