Job title:
Stage Manager

Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA     

Rehearsal period           £500 p/week
Performance Period      £2,400 (total fee)

Reports to:
Production Manager

Management to:
Assistant Stage Manager/ Wardrobe Assistant

Key Dates:
Rehearsal period
11 March – 29 March 2019

1 – 13 April       The Old Church, London
23 – 29 April     The Charterhouse, London
1 May               Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester
3 May               Exeter Guildhall, Exeter
4 May               Poltimore House, Exeter
22 June             Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury

Production details:
OperaUpClose bring two ferocious Tudor Queens to the stage in their new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Mary, Queen of Scots).

Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks.

Donizetti's powerful melodies will tour to unique and evocative venues across the UK, performed in a new orchestration for six singers, accompanied by piano, clarinet and violin. Opening with two weeks at Stoke Newington’s The Old Church, the only surviving Elizabethan church in London, followed by a week at the Charterhouse in Clerkenwell, where Elizabeth I held her first Councils of State, this riveting opera will continue its tour to spaces our Tudor monarchs visited, loved and destroyed.

Creative Team
Orchestrator & Musical Director             Paul McKenzie
Librettist & Director                                Robin Norton-Hale
Set & Costume Designer                       Kate Lane
Production Manager                              Marco Savo
Associate Director                                 Sasha Amaya
Assistant Director                                  Eleanor Dodson

Key Duties
Rehearsal period

  • Responsible for the smooth running of the rehearsal room, clearing and keeping the Rehearsal Spaces as safe working environments

  • Ensuring the rehearsal process keeps on schedule as set out by the Director

  • Sourcing props, set dressing and costumes

  • Attending production meetings

  • Reporting to the Production Manager and Producer

  • Transporting the set (if needed)

  • Creating and maintaining the SM Book, setting and running notes, consumables lists, risk assessments etc.

  • Providing a weekly time sheet to OperaUpClose’s Company Manager for staff payments

Production period

  • Responsible for the Get In, Tech, Dress and Get Out at venues

  • Leading the LX Focus, decision-maker (in lieu of Production Manager) for any changes that need to happen at venues

  • Ensuring the cast are well-looked after and their concerns are addressed appropriately

  • Ensuring the set, props and costumes are well maintained throughout the run

  • Ensuring consumables are in stock

  • Operating lights from desk during the performance

  • Assisting with scene changes when required

  • Reporting any concerns, wear and tears to the Production Manager

Person Specification:

  • Professional experience as a stage manager/ technical stage manager on touring productions

  • Experience focusing lights

  • Experience of putting in a fully-staged production in a non-theatre venue

  • Experience managing a team of stage and LX crew during a Get In / Get Out

  • Full, clean driving licence (held for at least two years)

  • Experience of driving a Luton Van

  • Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Excellent team worker

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Can read music / operate lights from cues in a musical score


  • Experience of working on an opera production

Please send a cover letter and CV to Helen at before 10am on Monday 28 January.  

Interviews will be held in East London on Wednesday 30 January.