We're off to Stratford at the weekend, at very short notice. We're obviously going to try to see something at the RSC, but if we do it'll be up in the gods or 'restricted view' as there's nothing else available. How dressed-up should I aim for? Will it be a genuine theatre-going crowd, or just American holiday makers in unfortunate slacks?
My options are - 'smart but boring' - black trousers, court shoes, silky top from Coast, black wrap - 'summery' - white trousers, sparkly ballet flats, floaty top - 'casual' - black leggings, over-the-hip style smart top - 'very dressy' - designer frock, pearls.
Which way should I jump - I don't want to be over-dressed, but I don't want to be under-dressed either. Oh, I'm 50, 5'8", size 10 but with tummy issues.
I haven't been to Stratford for a very long time, but often go in London where really anything goes and the only people that ever look a little awkward to me are those who have consciously 'dressed up'.
So I'd definitely go for the more casual, relaxed options - eg, nice jeans with ditto tunic/ your 'summery' look - but not the smart but boring one and definitely not the 'designer frock with pearls' look. Though a pretty summer dress would be fine if weather allows, dressed down, with ballet flats/ sandals and interesting non-formal jewellery (I personally find 'formal' jewelery a bit aging anyway).
Btw, have just been down at the Chichester theatre festival for a couple of days and was amused to see practically the whole Boden summer catalogue on display!
Lots of Americans in Stratford at the moment, but also the usual theatregoing crowd! I'm local so see pretty much everything there and nearly always wear jeans. Last time we went, my husband had just had a knee operation and had to wear shorts and sandals. He did look a little underdressed, but jeans are fine. Very dressy will be out of place.