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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 one of the world’s largest theatre producers and owners, with offices and theatres in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, France and Italy. The group produces titles in musical theatre, comprising licensed productions from international partners as well as original, in-company productions.
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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.
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 licencing 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 Entertaimnent.
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 Apollo Theater (built 1994, acquired 2002)
- Stage Palladium Theater (built 1997, acquired 2002)
- 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 (cf. The Three Musketeers)
- Germany: Stage Theater des Westens, Berlin (2005–2006)
- Germany: Stage Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (2006-2008)
- Hungary: Budapest Convention Centre, Budapest (2006-2007)
- Japan: under license (2011-2012)
- Korea: Chungmu Arts Hall, Seoul (2010-2011)
- Netherlands: Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam (2003–2004)
- Norway: Nye Teater, Oslo (2011-2012)
- Aspects of Love (musical)
- Netherlands: Touring 2012-2013
- Belgium: Touring (2005-2007)
- France: La Belle et la Bête, Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2013-2014)
- Germany: Die Schöne und das Biest, Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (1997–2000)* and Stage Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (2005-2007)
- Italy: La Bella e la Bestia, Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2009-2010) and Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (2010-2011)
- Netherlands: National tour(2005-2007), (2016-?)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2008-2010) and Rossiya Theatre, Moscow (2014-present)
- Spain: La bella y la bestia, Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2007-2009) and BTM, Barcelona (2009-2010), National Tour (2012-2013)
- Best of Musical
- Germany: Touring (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014)
- Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (2014–)
- Germany: Operettenhaus, Hamburg (1986–2001)*, Stage Palladium Theater, Stuttgart (2001–2002), Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (2002–2004)
- German-speaking countries: Touring (2004-2005)
- Netherlands: Touring (2006-2007)
- Russia: MDM Theatre, Moscow (2005-2006)
- Spain: Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2003–2005)
- Die Drei von der Tankstelle ("The Three from the gasoline station")
- Germany: Schlossparktheater, Berlin (2005)
- Italy: National Tour (2010-2011)
- 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 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), Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2015-present)
- Belgium: Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp (2006)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2010-2012) and National Tour (2012-2014)
- 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)
- Italy: Teatro Nazionale, Milan(2010-2011) and Teatro Brancaccio, Rome (2011-2012)
- Netherlands: Beatrix Theater, Utrecht (2003–2006) and touring (2010-2011)
- Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2004-2007), BTM, Barcelona (2007-2009), National Tour (2009-2011), Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2010-2011) and National Tour (2015-present)
- 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, Scheveningen (1993–1996)
- Russia: MDM Theater, Moscow (2014-present)
- Spain: Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid (2002–2004)
- Spain: Los productores, Teatro Coliseum, Madrid (2006-2007)
- Austria: (2011-2012)
- France: Théâtre Mogador, Paris (2012-2013)
- Germany: TUI Operettenhaus, Hamburg (2010-2012), Stage Apollo Theater, Stuttgart (2012-2013), Stage Metronom Theater, Oberhausen (2013-present)
- Italy: Teatro Nazionale, Milan (2011-2012)
- Japan: (under license 2014)
- Netherlands: AFAS Circustheater, The Hague (2013-2014)
- Spain: Teatre Tívoli, Barcelona (2014-2015) and National Tour (2015-present)
- United Kingdom: (2009-2010) and Tour (2011-2012)
- United States: (2011-present)
- Netherlands: Amsterdam (2011, co-production with M-Lab)
- Tanz der Vampire (Dance of the Vampires)
- 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)
- "Acquisition in the Netherlands". Stage Entertainment. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- "Verlinde verkoopt theaterbedrijf aan Van den Ende". De Telegraaf. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- Spahr, Wolfgang (6 July 2010). "CTS Eventim Acquires See Tickets Germany". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "BRIEF-CTS Eventim acquires ticketing companies in Spain, Netherlands and France". Reuters. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- Healy, Patrick. "Shubert Organization Set To Add New World Stages". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- The sections "Musical productions", "Subsidiaries" and "Theaters" are based on the information given on the company's webpage