On this day

May 30, 1996

cover page of The Stage published on May 30, 1996

The Stage

Founded by its first editor, Charles Lionel Carson, The Stage began publication in London in 1880 as The Stage Directory A London and Provincial Theatrical Advertiser. It was in direct competition with The Era, and eventually became the most popular theatrical newspaper.

The Stage Directory was published monthly, before becoming a weekly publication simply called The Stage only a year later. As the name implies, The Stage reported on entertainment news, particularly that of the London theatre scene. It also featured reviews and opinions, and of course advertisements for recruiting those in the performing arts.

Careers aided by The Stage include those of Sandi Toksvig, who won her first role in television after answering an advertisement in the paper, and even pop groups such as The Spice Girls and 5ive were boosted to fame after answering to advertisements.

The Stage continues as a weekly publication.

For this newspaper, we have the following titles in, or planned for, our digital archive:

  • 1880–80 The Stage Directory :
  • 1881–1959 The Stage.
  • 1959–94 The stage and television today.
  • 1995–2000 Stage (London, England : 1995)

This newspaper is published by The Stage Media Company Limited in London, London, England. It was digitised and first made available on the British Newspaper Archive in Jul 21, 2016 . The latest issues were added in Nov 6, 2016.


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