STAGE is a weekly British newspaper founded in 1880, available nationally and published on Thursdays. Covering all areas of the entertainment industry but focused primarily on theatre, it contains news, reviews, opinion, features and other items of interest, mainly to those who work within the industry.
It is an important publication for actors throughout the country, as it contains regular advertisements for available jobs and provides an opportunity for various acts to promote themselves to agents and directors.
The first edition of The Stage was published (under the title The Stage Directory – a London and Provincial Theatrical Advertiser) on 1 February 1880 at a cost of 3 old pence for twelve pages. Publication was monthly until 25 March 1881, when the first weekly edition was produced. At the same time, the name was shortened to The Stage and the publication numbering restarted at number 1.
The publication was a joint venture between founding editor Charles Lionel Carson (then aged 33) and business manager Maurice Comerford (26), and operated from offices opposite the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
The Stage entered a crowded market, with many other theatre titles (including The Era) in circulation. Undercutting their rivals, Carson and Comerford dropped the price of the paper to one penny and was soon the only remaining title in its field.
The newspaper has remained in family ownership. Upon the death in 1937 of Charles Carson's son Lionel, who had assumed the joint role of managing director and editor, control passed to the Comerford family. The current managing director, Catherine Comerford, is founder Maurice's great-granddaughter.
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The Stage and Television Today
In 1959 The Stage was relaunched as The Stage and Television Today, incorporating a pull-out supplement dedicated to broadcasting news and features. Derek Hoddinott, the main paper's TV editor, became editor of the new supplement.
The name and supplement remained until 1995, when broadcasting coverage was re-incorporated into the main paper. The name on the masthead reverted to The Stage, although the words "Incorporating Television Today" remained under the logo on the front page and above the leader column. In 2000, the reference to Television Today was dropped from the front page and replaced by the URL of the paper's website. The reference above the leader was similarly replaced from January 2002.
in 2006, the paper introduced a blog concentrating on television, named TV
From 1995, the newspaper has awarded The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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In 2004, 96-year-old contributor Simon Blumenfeld was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest weekly newspaper
columnist. The column continued until shortly before his death in 2005.
On 27 April 2006, the paper relaunched with smaller pages, staple binding and full colour on heavier paper stock, with a new masthead and design by David Hillman of Pentagram.
Careers started via The Stage
In 1956, Writer John Osborne submitted his script for Look Back in Anger in response to an advertisement by the soon-to-be-launched Royal Court
Dusty Springfield responded to an advertisement for female singers in
Kenneth Branagh landed the lead role in The Billy Trilogy, in the BBC Play for Today series, after it was advertised in the paper. Ricky Tomlinson responded to an ad for United Kingdom, another Play for Today, in
Writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig landed her first television job playing the part of Ethel in No. 73 after answering an ad in The Stage. She played the part for five years.
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Television presenter Maggie Philbin won her first major role, as a co-presenter of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, after answering an advertisement in The
Ned Sherrin, producer of the satirical BBC television programme That Was The Week That Was, hired David Frost as its presenter after reading a favourable review of Frost's London comedy cabaret show in The
A number of pop groups have recruited all or some of their members through advertisements placed in the newspaper, most notably the Spice Girls in
1994, Scooch in 1998 and 5ive in 1997.
Lee Mead (the actor who won BBC One talent show Any Dream Will Do to gain the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) got his first professional job, working on a cruise ship, through a recruitment ad in the
Television presenter Ben Shephard auditioned for GMTV children's show Diggit following an advert in The Stage. While he did not get the part, he met Andi Peters, who subsequently hired him for the Channel 4 youth strand
Pixie Lott responded to an advertisement for female singers when she was 16.
The Dolly Rockers were formed after they responded to an advert in The Stage. They subsequently went on X Factor but failed to make it to the live shows. They signed a contract with Parlophone, an imprint of EMI, and have worked with hit maker Ray Hedges.
1880–1901 Charles Carson
1901–1904 Maurice Comerford
1904–1937 Lionel Carson
1937–1943 Bernard Weller
1943–1952 S.R. Littlewood
1952–1972 Eric Johns
1972–1992 Peter Hepple
1992–1994 Jeremy Jehu
1994–present Brian Attwood
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"The moment you have arrived in the profession is when you realise you don't have to read The Stage" - Noël Coward (attributed)
"The stage would not be the stage without The Stage" - Laurence Olivier (The Stage, 25 October 1976)
"There's no yellow brick road that's going to lead you straight to Oz, but there are a few things you can do and one of them is look in the back of The Stage." - Ben
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