Stage Entertainment is a live entertainment company founded by Dutch media tycoon and theatrical producer, Joop van den Ende. It is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Stage Entertainment is in business with offices and theatres in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, France and Italy. The group produces musical shows in large theatres, consisting of licensed productions from international partners as well as original, in-company storyline.
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Stage Entertainment was established in 1998 by the company's owner and supervisory board president Joop van den Ende after being split off from the Live Entertainment Division of independent television producer Endemol. Stage Entertainment is the largest theatre producer in Europe and owns and licenses productions worldwide. The company has approximately 3,000 employees and owns or operates theaters in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Russia.
In 2001 Stage Entertainment's German subsidiary took over part of the insolvent Stella AG, acquiring in the process many of Stella's productions and theatres, including two Hamburg theatres: the Theater im Hafen and the Neue Flora. Stage Entertainment currently owns and operates or has long-term leases for a portfolio of theatres, of which 11 are in Germany including four in Hamburg.
In December 2014 Stage Entertainment announced that it had acquired Albert Verlinde Entertainment and its subsequent merger with its Dutch subsidiary, Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. Stage Entertainment International would purchase all of the shares of Albert Verlinde Entertainment and on 1 March 2015, Albert Verlinde would assume the position of managing director at the subsidiary, to be renamed Stage Entertainment Netherlands. Productions that were currently running would continue to run under the banner of their respective companies until the end of the theatre season they opened.
In August 2018 Advance Publications, Inc. and Joop van den Ende announced that Advance will acquire 100% of the shares of Stage Entertainment. The closing is anticipated in Q4 2018. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. No major layoffs or personnel changes are expected at Stage Entertainment, which employs 3,000 people worldwide. Steven Newhouse, Co-President of Advance, said: "We look forward to working with Arthur de Bok and the management team to expand the business while remaining the definitive partner of choice to creators of musical theatre." One of Advance Publications' other properties is Condé Nast, headquartered at 1 World Trade Center next to which a performing arts center is under construction. Several weeks before the August announcement, Condé Nast CEO announced his five-year strategy to generate $600 million in new revenue from new revenue streams while driving costs out of the business and Advance/Newhouse ("A/N") notified Charter Communications that it intends to establish a credit facility collateralized by a portion of Advance/Newhouse Common Units in Charter Communications Holdings, LLC.
With the creation of TopTicketLine in 1990, Stage Entertainment established its own call center for ticket sales. In June 2005, the company's German subsidiary took over Ticket Online, which operated a ticket booking system used by hundreds of ticket agencies in Germany. In 2007 Stage Ticketing International was created—an independent ticketing company comprising all of Stage Entertainment's ticketing activities. In the same year, this new subsidiary acquired See Tickets from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Subsequently, all of Stage Entertainment's ticketing activities and companies operated under the name See Tickets. In 2010, See Tickets UK and See Tickets Germany were sold to CTS Eventim. In March 2014, Stage Entertainment sold its ticketing companies in Spain (See Tickets Entradas SA), the Netherlands (See Tickets Nederland BV), and France (Top Tickets France SAS) to CTS Eventim. CTS Eventim also assumed all ticketing activities for Stage Entertainment in Russia, where the group operates two theatres.
In 2000 Stage Entertainment entered into a licensing agreement with Disney Theatrical Productions (Aida, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin). This, together with Stage Entertainment's collaboration in Europe with Littlestar, Mamma Mia!’s production company, enabled the company to expand into Germany, Spain, Russia, France, Italy and the UK.
In 2004 Stage Entertainment entered into joint ownership of the Off-Broadway theatre complex known as Dodger Stages; on 16 March 2006 Stage Entertainment took over sole ownership of the theatre complex, which was then renamed New World Stages. Stage Entertainment sold New World Stages to The Shubert Organization in November 2014.
In 2005 Stage Entertainment along with Dutch dance event organiser ID&T founded the company ID&T Germany, to organise the Sensation White event in Germany. The joint venture was ended in 2006, and ID&T was later acquired by SFX Entertainment.
In 2011 Stage Entertainment Touring Productions was created as a new Stage Entertainment division, with Holiday on Ice arena ice shows as the division's main activity.
Stage Entertainment has subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, France and Italy.
Stage Entertainment also owns and/or operates the following theatres where its productions are staged.
- Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz (built 1999, acquired 2002)
- Stage Theater des Westens (built 1895/96, acquired 2003)
- Stage Bluemax Theater (since 2007)
- Stage Colosseum Theater (built 1899, acquired 2001)
- Stage Apollo Theater (built 1994, acquired 2002)
- Stage Palladium Theater (built 1997, acquired 2002)
- Stage Metronom Theater (built 1998, acquired 2005)
- Milan, Teatro Nazionale (built 1924, acquired 2009)
- Amsterdam, Theater Fabriek Amsterdam (since 2005, closed 2014)
- The Hague, AFAS Circustheater (built 1904, acquired 1991 and since remodeled)
- Utrecht, Beatrix Theater (since 1999)
Stage Entertainment has produced the following original productions:
- 3 Musketeers
- Ciske de Rat
- Cyrano de Musical
- Das Wunder von Bern
- Der Schuh des Manitu
- Droomvlucht (Dreamflight)
- Hij Gelooft in Mij
- Hinterm Horizont
- I Can't Sing!
- Ice Age Live
- Ich war noch niemals in New York
- Ich will Spass!
- Joe de Musical
- Made in Dagenham
- Moeder Ik Wil Bij De Revue
- Sister Act
Additionally, Stage Entertainment produces recurring formats such as Musicals in Concert, Holland Zingt Hazes, and Strictly Come Dancing.
Stage Entertainment's musical theater productions (in alphabetical order):
- 3 Musketiers (The Three Musketeers)
- Netherlands: Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam (2003–2004)
- Germany: Stage Theater des Westens, Berlin (2005–2006)
- Germany: Stage Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (2006-2008)
- Hungary: Budapest Convention Centre, Budapest (2006-2007)
- Korea: Chungmu Arts Hall, Seoul (2010-2011)
- Japan: under license (2011-2012)
- Norway: Nye Teater, Oslo (2011-2012)
- Netherlands: National Tour 2012-2013
- Germany: Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (1997–2000)* and Stage Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (2005-2007)
- Netherlands: National Tour(2005-2007), AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (2015-2016)
- Belgium: Touring (2005-2007)
- Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2007-2009), BTM, Barcelona (2009-2010) and National Tour (2012-2013)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2008-2010) and Rossiya Theatre, Moscow (2014-2015)
- Italy: Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2009-2010) and Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (2010-2011)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2013-2014)
- Best of Musical
- Germany: Touring (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014)
- Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (2014-2015)
- Germany: Operettenhaus, Hamburg (1986–2001)*, Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (2001–2002), Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (2002–2004)
- German-speaking countries: National Tour (2004-2005)
- Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2003–2005)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2005-2006)
- Netherlands: National Tour (2006-2007)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2015-2016)
- Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht (1999-2001)
- Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2009-2010), National Tour (2010-2012), Teatre Tívoli, Barcelona (2011) and Teatro Nuevo Alcalá, Madrid (2011-2012)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2013-2014) and Rossiya Theatre, Moscow (2014)
- Germany: Stage Palladium Theatre, Stuttgart (2014-present)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2018-2019)
- Die Drei von der Tankstelle ("The Three from the gasoline station")
- Germany: Schlossparktheater, Berlin (2005)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2017-2018)
- United Kingdom: Shaftesbury Theatre (2007-2010), National Tour (2010-2011 and 2013)
- United Kingdom: National Tour (2009-2010)
- Hij Gelooft in Mij
- Netherlands: DeLaMar Theater, Amsterdam (2012-2015)
- Hinterm Horizont
- Germany: Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, (2011-present)
- Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, (2014-2015)
- Netherlands: National Tour (2013-2014)
- Netherlands: Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam and AFAS Circustheater, the Hague (1991-1992); Luxor Theater, Rotterdam and Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam (2008-2009)
- Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2010-2011), BTM, Barcelona (2011-2012), National Tour (2013-2015) and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2014)
- Germany: TUI Operettenhaus, Hamburg (2002-2007), Stage Colosseum Theater, Essen (2007-2008), Stage Theatre am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (2007-2009), Stage Theater des Westens, Berlin (2014-present), Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (2004-2007; 2013-2014)
- Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht (2003–2006) and National Tour (2010-2011)
- Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2004-2007), BTM, Barcelona (2007-2009), National Tour (2009-2011), Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2010-2011), Teatre Tívoli, Barcelona (2015-2016), National Tour (2016-2017) and Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2017)
- Belgium: Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp (2006)
- Italy: Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2010-2011) and Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (2011-2012)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2010-2012) and National Tour (2012-2014)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2006-2008) and (2012-2013)
- Germany: Neue Flora, Hamburg (2001-2002)
- Musicals in Ahoy'
- Netherlands: Ahoy' Rotterdam, Rotterdam (2002, 2004, 2006)
- Next to Normal
- Netherlands: National Tour (2012)
- Germany: Stage Theater Neue Flora, Hamburg (1990–2001)* and (2013-present), Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (2002–2004), Stage Colosseum Theater, Essen (2005-2007)
- Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (1993–1996)
- Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2002–2004)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2014-2016)
- Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2006-2007)
- United Kingdom: London Palladium (2009-2010) and National Tour (2011-2012)
- Germany: TUI Operettenhaus, Hamburg (2010-2012), Stage Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (2012-2013) and Stage Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (2013-2015)
- United States: Broadway Theatre, New York (2011-2012), 1st National Tour (2012-2014) and 2nd National Tour (2014-2015)
- Austria: (2011-2012)
- Italy: Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2011-2012)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2012-2013)
- Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (2013-2014)
- Japan: (under license 2014)
- Spain: Teatre Tívoli, Barcelona (2014-2015), National Tour (2015-2016) and Nuevo Teatro Alcalá, Madrid (2016)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2011-2012)
- Netherlands: Amsterdam (2011, co-production with M-Lab)
- Tanz der Vampire (Dance of the Vampires)
- Germany: Stage Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (2000–2003**, Theater Neue Flora, Hamburg (2003-2006), Theater des Westens, Berlin (2006-2008 and 2011-2013), Stage Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (2008-2010), Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (2010-2011)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2014-present)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2016-2017)
- Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht (2006-2007)
Productions marked with an asterisk were produced by Stella Entertainment AG which was acquired by Stage Entertainment (at that time called Stage Holding) in 2002. Those marked with two asterisks were Stella Entertainment AG productions that were continued by Stage Entertainment in 2002.
- International homepage of Stage Entertainment (in English)
- Stage Entertainment, Netherlands (in Dutch)
- Stage Entertainment, Germany (in German)
- Stage Entertainment, Spain (in Spanish)
- Stage Entertainment United Kingdom (in English)
- Stage Entertainment France (in French)
- Stage Entertainment Italy (in Italian)
- Stage Entertainment Russia (in Russian)
- Stage Entertainment United States (in English)
- Stage Touring (in English)
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- The sections "Musical productions", "Subsidiaries" and "Theaters" are based on the information given on the company's webpage