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Talking About Attending a Theatre Show or Musical Performance

Welcome to our session on “Talking About Attending a Theatre Show or Musical Performance.” In this interactive session, we’ll explore the vocabulary, expressions, and cultural aspects of discussing theater shows and musicals in English. This will be particularly useful for those who enjoy the arts and wish to express their experiences and opinions about performances. Additionally, we will engage in a role-play activity focused on ordering tickets for a musical, which will provide practical experience in handling a common real-world scenario.

Key Vocabulary/Grammar for Discussing Theatre Shows:

  1. Performance Terms:
    • Words like ‘play’, ‘musical’, ‘act’, ‘scene’, ‘intermission’.
    • Example: “The first act of the musical was incredibly engaging.”
  2. Descriptive Adjectives:
    • Using adjectives to describe performances such as ‘captivating’, ‘stellar’, ‘mediocre’.
    • Example: “The performance was absolutely stellar, especially the lead actor.”
  3. Expressing Opinions:
    • Phrases like ‘In my opinion’, ‘I thought that’, ‘I was impressed by’.
    • Example: “In my opinion, the set design truly brought the story to life.”
  4. Asking and Giving Recommendations:
    • Questions like ‘Would you recommend it?’, ‘What did you think of…?’
    • Example: “Would you recommend seeing that play? What did you think of the storyline?”

Let’s Warm Up

Choose one of the questions below to ask your partner, based on the communication skill (in bold) you wish to focus on. Listen carefully and offer a follow up question.

  1. Describing Past Experiences: “Have you ever been to a musical performance? What was it like?”
  2. Expressing Preferences: “Do you prefer modern musicals or classic theatre shows? Why?”
  3. Discussing Theatre Genres: “What type of theatre genres do you enjoy the most, such as drama, comedy, or musicals?”
  4. Sharing Favourite Shows: “What’s your favourite theatre show or musical, and what makes it special to you?”

Theatre and Society

Choose one of the questions below to ask your partner, based on the communication skill (in bold) you wish to focus on. Listen carefully and offer a follow up question.

  1. Cultural Differences in Theatre: “How does theatre in your country differ from British theatre productions?”
  2. The Impact of Theatre on Society: “In your opinion, how does theatre influence or reflect society?”
  3. The Role of Music in Musicals: “How important do you think the music is in a musical? Does it carry the story forward?”
  4. Discussing Famous Theatre Districts: “Have you heard of London’s West End or New York’s Broadway? What makes them famous?”

Ready for the Role Play? Here Are Some Key Phrasal Verbs For You

  1. Hang up 📞 – To end a phone call.
    • “After confirming my ticket booking, I thanked the agent and hung up the phone.”
  2. Hold on 🤚 – To wait (especially used when asking someone to wait on a phone call).
    • “Could you hold on a moment while I check the availability of those seats?”
  3. Call back 🔙 – To return a phone call.
    • “I’m currently out of the office, but I’ll call you back as soon as I return.”
  4. Pick up 📲 – To answer a phone call.
    • “I picked up the phone and was greeted by the cheerful voice of the ticket agent.”
  5. Put through 🔗 – To connect a phone call to another person.
    • “Please hold on while I put you through to our bookings department.”
  6. Cut off ✂️ – To suddenly lose the connection during a phone call.
    • “We were discussing seat options when we were unexpectedly cut off.”

Role Play: Ordering Tickets for a Musical

Scenario: You are calling a theatre’s box office to book tickets for a popular musical.


  • Caller: Interested in booking tickets.
  • Box Office Representative: Assists with the booking process.

Sample Conversation:

  • Caller: “Good morning, I’d like to enquire about tickets for [Musical Name] on [Date].”
  • Box Office Representative: “Certainly, for which performance would you like to book tickets? We have matinee and evening shows.”
  • Caller: “Could you tell me about the seat availability and pricing for the evening show?”
  • Box Office Representative: “Of course, we have several seating options ranging from stalls to the dress circle. Prices vary depending on the seating area.”
  • Caller: “I’m also interested in any special packages or discounts you might offer.”
  • Box Office Representative: “We offer group discounts and special rates for students and seniors. Would any of these apply to you?”
  • Caller: “Yes, I’m booking for a group. Could you explain the group discount rates?”
  • Box Office Representative: “Certainly, for groups larger than ten, we offer a 10% discount. For larger groups, the discount increases.”
  • Caller: “That sounds great. I’d like to proceed with booking [Number of Tickets] for the evening show. Could you guide me through the process?”

Remember – there is always more! Here is your Follow Up Video:

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