Stage Entertainment

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Stage Entertainment is a live entertainment company founded by Dutch media tycoon and theatrical producer, Joop van den Ende and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The international group owns and licenses more than 70 productions worldwide, employs nearly 4000 employees and owns or runs theaters in eight countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Russia and the United States. It's subsidiary in Germany based in Hamburg is very successful and almost has a monopoly on theatrical productions in Germany.

History[edit]

Prior to the founding of Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende had already been producing plays and musicals under the Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties banner. In 1993, the television production company, Endemol was founded by Joop van den Ende with then-competitor John de Mol of which he resigned as chairman in December 1997.

Stage Entertainment was formed in 1998 as a result of Joop van den Ende buying the Live Entertainment Division of Endemol, which resulted in becoming its own company.

In 2002 the German subsidiary took over the insolvent Stella AG. Through Stella AG, they acquired many productions and theaters, including the Theater im Hafen and the Neue Flora in Hamburg.

On 17 December 2014, Stage Entertainment’s Dutch subsidiary, Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties, and rival Albert Verlinde Entertainment announced a merger. As part of the agreement, 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.[1][2]

Cooperations[edit]

On 1 June 2005 the German division took over the Ticket Online Software GmbH. Ticket Online run a booking system for tickets and is used by several hundred ticket agencies in Germany.

In 2005 Stage Entertainment founded along with Dutch dance event organiser ID&T the company ID&T Germany. The first production welcomed about 15.000 visitors in July 2005 to Sensation White in Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen), which was an adaptation of the event of the same name in Amsterdam. The joint venture was ended in 2006.

With TopTicketLine the Stage Entertainment has an own call center for ticket sales. The call center was moved from Hamburg to Parchim in 2004.In 2008 Stage Ticketing International acquired See Tickets from Andrew Lloyd Webber. All Stage Entertainment's ticketing activities and companies were since renamed as See tickets. In 2010 See Tickets UK and See Tickets Germany were sold.

Holiday on Ice is a company belonging to Stage Entertainment Touring Productions. The latest show was Speed in 2011. In 2011 Stage Entertainment Touring Productions teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to produce the arena production of Ice Age Live!

The Off-Broadway theater complex known as Dodger Stages has been acquired by Stage Entertainment International. The complex with its five theaters has been renamed to New World Stages.

Subsidiaries[edit]

Stage Entertainment has several subsidiaries in several countries:

  • Netherlands - Stage Entertainment the Netherlands
  • Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties (Theatre productions, since 1988)
  • Stage Business previously called Joop van den Ende Theaterarrangementen (Business-to-business)
  • SeeTickets, previously called TopTicketLine (Ticketing)
  • Holiday on Ice (Entertainment on ice, since 1943)
  • Stage Events (Events, conventions, meetings, ...)
  • Germany
  • Stage Entertainment GmbH (Called Stage Holding - The Theatre Company until August 2005, theatre productions, since 2001)
  • Holiday on Ice (Entertainment on ice, since 1943)
  • TopTicketLine GmbH (Ticketing)
  • Ticket Online (Ticketing, since 1997, acquired by Stage Entertainment in 2005)
  • Stage Entertainment Studios GmbH (studio renting)
  • Joop van den Ende Academy (Called Stella Academy before acquisition by Stage Entertainment)
  • Spain
  • Stage Entertainment España (Theatre productions)
  • United Kingdom
  • Stage Entertainment United Kingdom Ltd. (Theatre productions)
  • United States of America
  • Russia
  • Stage Entertainment Russia (Theatre productions, since 2004)
  • TopTicketLine Russia (Ticketing, since 2004)
  • France
  • Stage Entertainment France (Theatre productions, since 2005)
  • Italy
  • Stage Entertainment Italy (Theatre productions, since 2008)

Theaters[edit]

Das Phantom der Oper (The Phantom of the Opera ) in Palladium Theater, 2003
Two theatres owned by Stage Entertainment by the Elbe in Hamburg. Theater im Hafen Hamburg (right) and the newest Theater and der Elbe (left)

Stage Entertainment also owns the theaters where its theater productions are played.

Musical productions[edit]

Critics say because of the amount of productions a monopoly is developing. In fact there's only one more company that defies Stage Entertainment with its productions We Will Rock You (Musical Dome, Cologne), Starlight Express (Starlight Express Theater, Bochum) and "Saturday Night Fever" (Capitol-Theater, Düsseldorf).

Musical theater productions of Stage Entertainment (in alphabetical order, current productions (as of July 2007) are bold, future productions in italics):

  • Netherlands (world premiere): Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam (2003–2004)
  • Germany - 3 Musketiere (revised version): Theater des Westens, Berlin (April 2005 – June 25th, 2006)
  • Germany: Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (November 22nd, 2006-January 31st, 2008)
  • Netherlands: Fortis Circus Theater, The Hague (2001–2002)
  • Germany: Colosseum Theater, Essen (October 2003 – July 2005)
  • Germany / Switzerland: Touring (since November 19th, 2005)
  • André van Duin
  • Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht
  • Netherlands: Touring 2012-2013
  • Germany - Die Schöne und das Biest: Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (December 5th, 1997 – December 22nd, 2000)*
  • Netherlands and Belgium: Touring (since 2005)
  • Germany: Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (since December 18th, 2005)
  • Spain - La bella y la bestia: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2007-2009) and BTM, Barcelona (2009-2010)
  • Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (2008-2010)
  • Italy - La Bella e la Bestia: Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2009-2010), Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (2010-2011)
  • Spain - La bella y la bestia: National Tour (2012-2013)
  • France- La Belle et la Bête: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2013-)
  • Best of Musical 2006
  • Germany: Touring (2006)
  • Best of Musical 2007
  • Germany: Touring 2007
  • Best of Musical 2014
  • Italy: Touring 2014
  • Germany: Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (since May 2004)
  • England: New London Theatre (November 2005 - 24th June 2007)
  • Spain: Nuevo Teatro Alcalá, Madrid (2003-2006), National Tour (2006-2007) and Teatre Apolo, Barcelona (2007-2008)
  • Netherlands: Royal Theater Carré, Amsterdam (March 2006 - August 2006)
  • France: Théâtre des Folies Bergère, Paris (2006-2008), Théâtre Marigny, Paris (September 2011 - December 2011) and National Tour (January 2012 - May 2012)
  • Germany: Operettenhaus, Hamburg (April 18th, 1986 – January 2001)*
  • Germany: Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (March 2nd, 2001 – July 28th, 2002)*
  • Germany: Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (October 20th, 2002 – January 30th, 2004)
  • Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2003 – 2005)
  • German-speaking countries: Touring (since April 2004)
  • Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (2005-2006)
  • Netherlands: Touring (since 2006)
  • Das Sams Musical
  • Germany: Schlossparktheater, Berlin
  • Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2009-2010), National Tour (2010-2011), Teatre Tívoli, Barcelona (2011) and Teatro Nuevo Alcalá, Madrid (2011-2012)
  • Russia: Moscow (2013-2014)
  • Germany: Stuttgart (November 2014)
  • Germany (European premiere): Neue Flora, Hamburg (since March 26th, 2006)
  • Netherlands : Beatrix Theater, Utrecht 2008
  • Die Drei von der Tankstelle ("The Three from the gasoline station")
  • Germany (world premiere): Schlossparktheater, Berlin (2005)
  • Netherlands: Circustheater, Scheveningen (1999 – 2001)
  • Germany: Colosseum Theater, Essen (March 2001 – June 2003)
  • Germany: Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (April 2005 – September 17th, 2006)
  • Italy: National Tour (2010-2011)
  • England: Shaftesbury Theatre (2007-2010)
  • England: National Tour (2010-2011)
  • Spain: National Tour (2008), Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2008-2009), National Tour (2009)
  • England: Hammersmith Apollo (2008)
  • England: National Tour (2007-2009)
  • Netherlands: National Tour (2009-2010)
  • England: National Tour (2009-2010)
  • Hij Gelooft in Mij
  • Netherlands, 2012-2014 (assumed)
  • Hinterm Horizont
  • Germany, Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, since 2011
  • Netherlands and Belgium: Touring (since 2005)
  • Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2007-2008) and National Tour (2008-2009)
  • Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, 2014
  • Germany, 2015 (assumed)
  • Netherlands 1991-1992, 2008-2009
  • Spain - Los miserables: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2010-2011) and BTM, Barcelona (2011-2012)
  • Spain - Los miserables: National Tour (2013-2015)
  • Germany: Operettenhaus, Hamburg (since November 3rd, 2002)
  • Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht (November 9th, 2003 – February 12th, 2006) (2010-2011)
  • Germany (Mamma Mia! is the first musical to run in two German cities at the same time): Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (since July 18th, 2004)
  • Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2004-2007), BTM, Barcelona (2007-2009), National Tour (2009-2011), Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2010-2011) and National Tour (2011)
  • Belgium: Stadtsschouwburg, Antwerpen (since 2006)
  • Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (2006-2008)
  • France: Théâtre Mogador in Paris (2010-2012) and National Tour (2012-2013)
  • Italy: Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2010-2011) and Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (2011-2012)
  • Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (2012)
  • Germany: Neue Flora, Hamburg (September 21st, 2001-June 30th, 2002)
  • Musicals in Ahoy' 2006
  • Netherlands: Ahoy' Rotterdam, Rotterdam (2006)
  • Netherlands: 1994
  • Netherlands: Touring (November 5th, 2006)
  • Spain: National Tour (2012)
  • Next to Normal
  • Netherlands, National Tour 2011-2012
  • Germany, Essen 2014
  • Nunsense
  • Germany - Non(n)sens: Schlossparktheater, Berlin (2006)
  • Quatsch Comedy Club
  • Germany: Quatsch Comedy Club (on the Reeperbahn), Hamburg (since 2006)
  • Spain - Fiebre del sábado noche: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2009) and National Tour (2009-2010)
  • Netherlands, National Tour (2012)
  • Italy, Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2012-2013)
  • Italy: Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2011-2012)
  • Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (2013-2014)
  • France: Théâtre Mogador in Paris (2012-2013)
  • Netherlands, Amsterdam 2011 (In Co-orpotation with M-Lab)
  • Germany: Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (March 31st, 2000 – 2003)**
  • Germany: Theater Neue Flora, Hamburg (December 7th, 2003 – January 22nd, 2006)
  • Germany: Theater des Westens, Berlin (December 10th, 2006 - March 30th, 2008)
  • Germany: Metronom Theater am Centro, Oberhausen (November 7th, 2008 - January 31st, 2010)
  • Germany: (theatre to be determined), Stuttgart (March 2010)
  • Netherlands: Fortis Circustheater, The Hague (will premiere in 2007)
  • Germany: Theater Neue Flora, Hamburg (October 2008)
  • Netherlands, National Tour, 2013-2014
  • Germany - Der König der Löwen: Theater im Hafen, Hamburg (since December 2nd, 2001)
  • Netherlands: Fortis Circustheater, The Hague (2004-2006)
  • France - Le Roi Lion: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2007-2010)
  • Spain - El Rey León: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2011)
  • Netherlands, National Tour (2012-2013)
  • Russia: Rossia Theater, Moscow (2012-2014)
  • Germany - Das Phantom der Oper: Theater Neue Flora, Hamburg (June 29th, 1990 – June 30th, 2001)*
  • Netherlands: Circustheater, Scheveningen (1993–1996)
  • Germany: Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (November 1st, 2002 – May 23rd, 2004)
  • Spain: Teatro Lope De Vega, Madrid (2002 – 2004)
  • Germany: Colosseum Theater, Essen (September 29th, 2005- March 10th,2007)
  • Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, Scheveningen (assumed 2014)
  • Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (premiere 4th October 2014)
  • Spain - Los productores: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2006-2007)
  • Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht (September 2006)
  • Netherlands - Titanic: Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam (September 23rd, 2001-2002)
  • Germany - Titanic - Das Musical: Neue Flora, Hamburg (December 8th, 2002 - October 5th, 2003)
  • Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2005-2006)
  • Germany - Wicked - Die Hexen von Oz: Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (November 1st, 2007 - January 29th, 2010)
  • Germany - Wicked - Die Hexen von Oz: Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (March 5th, 2010 - September 2nd, 2011)
  • Netherlands, AFAS Circustheater Scheveningen (2011-2013)
  • War Horse
  • Germany 2013
  • Netherlands 2014 (assumed)
  • France: Théâtre des Folies Bergères, Paris (November 2009 – June 2010)'
  • Netherlands: Tour production, (April 2011 - January 2012)
  • Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (2010-2011)

Productions marked with an asterisk were produced by Stella Entertainment AG which was acquired by Stage Entertainment (Stage Holding respectively) in 2002. Those marked with two asterisks were Stella productions which were continued by Stage Entertainment in 2002.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acquisition in the Netherlands". Stage Entertainment. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Verlinde verkoopt theaterbedrijf aan Van den Ende". De Telegraaf. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
  • The sections "Musical productions", "Subsidiaries" and "Theaters" are based on the information given on the company's webpage