There was a time when a sign was used to tell the audience in a theatre to applaud, but now there is no such thing, and you need to know when is the right moment to clap or not. Applauding inappropriately will give you glares from everyone around you, and you may end up disturbing the musicians and actors on stage. This makes applauding at wrong moments during a theatrical performance unacceptable.


There are a set of rules and moments needed to applaud in a theatre, as there are also types of applauds for theatres. Although clapping means appreciating a performance, one should not disturb the live act and the viewers there. To know when to applaud in a theatre, follow these tips:


  • Applaud at the start of the play to give the performers confidence. It also shows positivity and excitement from the audience for the show.


  • When a famous person enters the play, an applause is needed. When a conductor appears on the stage for classical music, an applause is needed as well.


  • If a performance of a specific character concludes during the show, an applause is made.


  • For an extraordinary act, an applaud is made. But this applaud should be to a limit, and hooting should be avoided.


  • At the end of the show, an applaud has to be made before the performers leave the stage. During plays, audiences have to applaud till the stage is covered by a curtain. If it is a musical, an applaud will be made when the conductor lowers his hands in front of the audience.