Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover) – The Play That Goes Wrong


Kenny Wax Productions are recruiting for a motivated Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover) to join The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre. The successful candidate will have relevant and transferrable experience as an ASM – including Book Cover – or equivalent on similar productions, and must have the right to live and work in the UK. The ASM will work with the wider Stage Management team in the running and maintenance of the West End production. Benefits include enrolment in our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and access to company rate tickets. We are a company that offers a work culture that nurtures and encourages personal and professional development. We encourage diversity and inclusion across all our shows and particularly encourage those of the Global Majority to apply. Contract Type: Full-time, fixed-term. Dates of Employment: w/c 15th July 2024 – July 2025. Show schedule: 7:30pm Tuesday – Saturday, 2:30pm Saturday, and 3pm & 7pm Sunday. Salary: £746.88 (inclusive of DSM responsibility payments and one show as DSM per week) based on 8 performances a week, plus Sunday Performance payments as per the SOLT/Equity agreement. Probationary Period: 12 Weeks Responsible To: Company Stage Manager and General Manager.

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Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the production and Stage Management teams with the running of rehearsals and performances, covering tracks and maintenance.
  • Learn and keep up-to-date with ‘the book’ and call the show as book cover when required.
  • Ensuring that stage and rehearsal environments are set-up and maintained as required with appropriate set, props, and other effects as necessary.
  • Performing the ASM plots as directed by the Company Stage Manager, including some onstage cues.
  • Training and supervising new Deps as required.
  • Recognising where maintenance work needs to be carried out and reporting this to the Company Stage Manager.
  • Maintaining props and carrying out repairs as required.
  • Ensuring all Stage Management equipment and areas are kept in a tidy and secure manner.
  • Assisting the Stage Management team with rehearsal requirements and requests.
  • Working collaboratively with all other departments including the theatre technical team in order to ensure the smooth running of the production.
  • Learning other plots within your department and providing absence cover for other members of your department as necessary.
  • Deputising for the DSM, including calling the show, as required.
  • Any other reasonable duty that would normally fall within the remit of a ASM based on industry norms and practice.

Person Specification:

  • Demonstrable professional experience as an ASM (including Book Cover) on a production of a similar scale on tour/West End.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with excellent attention to detail.
  • The ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • A calm and proactive approach to technical troubleshooting.
  • A strong understanding of comic timing.
  • Comfortable working with ladders and pyrotechnics (full training will be provided).
  • The ability to work well with actors and creative teams.
  • The ability to work under pressure and effectively prioritise.
  • Knowledge of SOLT/Equity union agreements.
  • Awareness of current Health & Safety legislation including COSHH.

To apply, or for further information, please send a CV and one-page Cover Letter to by 12 noon on Monday 1st July. Interviews will take place on the 4th and 5th July.


Kenny Wax Productions

Location Type

Specific location

Salary Type

Weekly Paid

Weekly Rate

£746.88 (inclusive of DSM responsibility payments and one show as DSM per week) based on 8 performances a week, plus Sunday Performance payments as per the SOLT/Equity agreement.

Closing Date


Contract Type

Fixed Term

Job Type

Backstage & Technical

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