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Stage Manager - Hamlet

Equity Fringe agreement 20th May - 27th July.

Stage Manager – Iris Theatre Summer Season – Hamlet

In 2019 Iris Theatre’s summer season returns to the beautiful gardens of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, bigger and better than ever. Opening this season, we have a new outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

As always with our summer shows, the production will be open air and promenade around the beautiful gardens and buildings of St Paul’s Church creating an immersive, enveloping theatrical experience for the audience.

We are seeking to recruit a Stage Manager to join our innovative production team for our production of Hamlet.


Rehearsals: Monday 20th May to Friday 14th June (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm)
Get-in: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June
Tech rehearsals: Monday 17th to Tuesday 18th June
Dress rehearsal: Tuesday 18th June, 7.30pm
Previews: Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd June
Press night: Tuesday 25 June
Runs until: Saturday 27 July

Performances take place Mon, Wed – Sat at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm.

We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and emerging professionals.


This is part of the Equity Fringe Agreement which is hours worked X national wage + Holiday Pay (12.07%). Time for stage managers will be calculated on hours worked which can fluctuate between rehearsal, technical and show running weeks. Based off previous years the stage manager can expect £3600 – £3850 for the entire run.


To become part of this dynamic and exciting company, please email Arsalan with CV and cover letter to

Please complete our equal opportunities form online once submitted.

Deadline for application: Friday 26th April

Interviews: Week commencing 29th April

Front of House Manager

Fixed Term (Freelance part-time position) 19th June - 1st September (including an additional 5 days between May and June).

Front of House Manager

Iris Theatre Summer Season 2019

Salary: £3,600 (Fixed fee – freelance part-time position)

Dates: Shows: 19th June to 1st September

And 5 days between May – June prior to show opening

Employer: Iris Theatre, St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London

Responsible to: Summer Producer and Senior Producer

Responsible for: Front of House volunteers, Deputy Front of House Manager


Purpose of the job

Your main areas of responsibility will be to:

  • Provide exceptional customer service to our audience at all times.
  • Ensure safety and comfort of our audience.
  • Manage the box office and ticketing system.
  • Manage the work and scheduling of a large team of Front of House volunteers.
  • Manage the bar manager and oversee the ordering and management of bar stock.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of the Front of House.

Times & Hours of Work

Prep: before 19th June

The Front Of House Manager will be required for up to five days prior to the Summer Season commencing to familiarise themselves with role. This will include:

  • Assist with the recruitment of the front of house volunteers
  • Rota the front of house volunteers
  • Set up the front of house area and bar (including purchasing and accepting delivery of bar and merchandise stock).
  • Train on the box office system Ticketsolve and process initial third party sales.

These dates can be flexible and agreed in advance with the Summer Producer.

Show Calls: from 19th June – 1st September

In Production Weeks the Front of House Manager will:

  • Lead on setting up the front of house area(s)
  • Brief front of house volunteers on that show
  • Manage and run the box office (Ticketsolve)
  • Ensure all patrons who come to the space are welcomed and enjoy the production, upholding excellent customer service.
  • Support the bar with the deputy FOH manager.  
  • Attend the dress rehearsal prior to the first preview of each show with the support of the Deputy Front of House Manager.
  • Pack down all elements of the box office, FOH and show as necessary after each show.
  • Check cash handling with Duty Manager each evening.
  • Support the deputy FOH manager in booking and sorting bar and merchandise stock, processing orders.

The Front of House Manager will be required to attend performances on a maximum of five days per week. Each show call is anticipated to last four and a half hours. The Deputy Front of House Manager will cover performances on the Front of House Manager’s days off.

The show running dates are as follows:

Hamlet: 19th June – 27th July  

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 1st August – 1st September

This is a Freelance position. You will be responsible for your own tax and national insurance.


The Front of House Manager will be supported by a team of volunteers in the following tasks during and after each performance.

General Responsibilities

  • To understand fully our ticketing channels including their sale dates, promotions and ticket costs
  • To support the recruitment and management of Front of House volunteers
  • To organise the rotas of Front of House volunteers, ensuring all performances are properly staffed
  • To lead a Front of House induction training
  • To set up and oversee a bar stock management system, including purchasing stock and accepting deliveries on a weekly basis
  • To oversee merchandise and programme sales
  • To attend no fewer than five days’ worth of performances in any given performance week
  • To line manage the Deputy Front of House & Bar Manager
  • Anything as necessary to ensure the smooth and professional running of the FOH, box office and bar throughout the season.


  • Previous front of house, bar or retail experience.
  • Proven customer service experience.
  • Cash handling experience.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent numeracy skills.
  • Good time management.
  • Ideally will have experience running a box office, including using box office or CRM software (e.g. Ticketsolve, Spektrix, Tessitura etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enjoys working as part of a small dedicated team.


Please send the following documents and information:

  • A CV.
  • A short covering letter of no more than a single side of A4 detailing your suitability for the role.

Please fill in the equal opportunities form

The CV and covering letter can be emailed to Emma at

Once submitted please complete our equal opportunities form which can be completed online here.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 28th April 2019, interviews week commencing 29th April.

Please insert FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER as the subject and please indicate which production you are available for.

28th of April (Interview begins the week of the 29th of April).

General Opportunites

Iris Theatre have ongoing schemes for Emerging Artists to get involved with us as well as rolling work experience opportunities in theatre administration, production and marketing. Check out our Volunteering page to find out more.

In general we work with emerging artists across all fields of production in theatre, music, dance, cabaret, circus and opera. If you have suggestions of other ways in which you would like to get involved why not drop us a line and tell us more.

Showcase Opportunity's

2019 Submissions now open

Have you got a new piece in development?

Ready to showcase your work and take the next step towards a full production?

Iris Theatre supports up-coming artists by showcasing new shows, often musicals, at The Actors Church. Performances often run for one or two nights at the 254-seat venue located in the heart of central London in Covent Garden. Due to the nature of this space the work presented is often musical/sung work, highly visual or engaging performances rather than spoken word.

With no upfront rental cost, working on a first call followed by a box office split, we offer support-in-kind and advice in the areas of marketing, administration, technical and front of house as well as producing advice in the form of Producing Surgeries. Our co-productions at the Actors Church are a low risk opportunity to get your work seen.

We provide these opportunities from January – May and September – November annually.

This is a great ‘first step’ platform for emerging writers, producers and companies to perform their work in central London before committing to a full production.

To apply please complete this application form 

For more information please feel free to e-mail our General Manager at



Ideal for recent design graduates, we strive to match the next generation of theatre markers with our team of emerging designers through these volunteer opportunities:

Construction Placement –
A skill-based placement for emerging and aspiring set designers, our construction placement programme is a four week placement. Taking place in May, June and July this placement enables you with the practical skills involved in building mid-scale sets suitable for outdoor, promenade productions.

Scenic Art Placement –
Ideal for emerging designers who can’t commit for a full four weeks and more interested in applying scenic art experience and learning about designing for 3D spaces.

Costume Assistant Placements –
A skill and practical based placement, costume assistants work closely with the designer at our workshop to realise designs for up to 6x multi-rolling actors. This placement is ideal for costume and fashion students or recent graduates.

Production Assistants –Interested in the inner-workings of theatre productions? Our Production Assistant placements are ideal for those interested in being in the thick of the action!

Assistant Producers and Marketing Assistants –
An administrative and office based placements, we have a select few opportunities annually for aspiring producers, general managers, marketers and anyone else interested in theatre administration. Suited for graduates and final-year placements or theatre professionals interested in learning skills in producing.

Front-of-House Volunteers –
Be a part of the show team! If you’re interested in gaining any work experience in customer-facing roles, theatre management or just want to be a part of the fun this summer then front-of-house is a great, low commitment option for those who are interested in a bit extra but don’t want to commit to set hours. Ideally suited for work-experience and recent school leavers.

For more information please contact:

Emma Murton
General Manager
Iris Theatre

***Please send us your CV, as well as click here to fill out our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form