Stage Management Job Description

Productions: Various (touring)
Fee: Various
Length of engagement: from January 2017
Job title: Stage Managers
Location: Should be based in London but the job is on tour.

Role Profile

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose are looking for Stage Managers (SM) to ensure the smooth running of our touring productions in 2017.

The SM will work with a Technical and/or Assistant Stage Manager on all shows apart from Opera Cocktail and Ulla’s Odyssey. On tour the SM will be expected to assist with the van loading, unloading and driving responsibilities; be responsible for the Get In (fit-up, LX focus and technical rehearsal) and the Get Out; operate and call the show from the lighting desk. The venues will have pre-rigged, so on tour the SM is only expected to supervise the focus, with the assistance of the venue technicians.

The SM is also responsible for providing the Producer with a show report 24 hours after the performance.


La Bohème           20 Jan                  Oxford Playhouse                            8.00pm                               
Carmen*               24 Jan                  Lancaster Grand                              7.30pm                               
Carmen*               25 Jan                  Oldham Coliseum                            7.30pm                               
Ulla’s Odyssey      2 Feb                   Redbridge Drama Centre                  1.30pm & 4.45pm                 
La Bohème           9-11 Feb               mac Birmingham                             7.30pm (3 performances)      
Ulla’s Odyssey      12 Feb                  Rich Mix                                         2pm                                   
Carmen                16 Feb                  Malvern Theatres                             7.30pm                               
Opera Cocktail      17 Feb                  Theatre Royal BSE                          7.30pm                               
Ulla’s Odyssey      19 Feb                  artsdepot                                        3pm                                   
La Traviata            8 & 9 Mar             CAST                                             7.30pm (2 performances)       
Ulla’s Odyssey      22 Mar                 The Stables                                     1pm                                    
La Bohème           26 Mar                  Harrogate Theatre                            7.30pm                                
Ulla’s Odyssey      27-30 Mar             Belgrade Theatre                             Various (5 performances)       
La Traviata            7 & 8 Apr             Northcott Theatre                             7.30pm (2 performances)       
Opera Cocktail      13 Apr                  Tivoli Theatre                                  7.30pm                                 
Opera Cocktail      28 Apr                  Redbridge Drama Centre                  7.30pm                                 
Ulla’s Odyssey      30 Apr                 Greenwich Theatre                           1pm & 6pm                           
Ulla’s Odyssey      7 May                  mac Birmingham                              2pm & 6pm                        

*The SM would need to manage both performances of Carmen on 24/25 Jan


  •  Full UK, clean driving license held for min. 2 years
  • Over 23 years old (for van hire purposes)
  • At least 1-year professional Stage Management experience
  • Touring experience (particularly opera)
  • Score reading to excellent ability
  • Re-lighting a production on tour (Excellent understanding of LX Plans, Focus Notes, Cue Sheets)
  • General understanding of lighting desks
  • Basic understanding of lighting desk
  • Calling and operating a show
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent people and leadership skills
  • Stamina for working long hours (as on tour) 
  • Hard-working and reliable


  • First Aid training
  • Experience of driving a van (any size between a Transit and a Luton)

About OperaUpClose

OperaUpClose is an ambitious, Olivier Award-winning opera company, producing innovatively staged, unintimidating, affordable and - crucially - high quality English chamber re-imaginings of well-known works and premieres of new operas. We are an associate company of Soho Theatre and co-produce with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Tricycle Theatre, Kings Place and Malmö Opera (Sweden). We tour across the UK as well as some international engagements.

Click here for more information about the company and productions.


Please send your CV and appropriate references to Amy at  before 9am Thursday 15 December. Please note we will be contacting people as and when they get in touch.