ABOUT WHATSONSTAGE.COM

WHATSONSTAGE.COM IS THE LEADING SOURCE FOR UK THEATRE INFORMATION AND TICKETS NATIONWIDE

Founded in 1996 to connect the theatre industry with a mass consumer audience, WhatsOnStage.com is the UK’s biggest and best dedicated theatre website. It is ranked number 1 in the UK by Alexa and number 2 by Hitwise amongst all performing arts websites, and named one of the top 100 arts tweeters by The Times. In addition to ticketing, WhatsOnStage.com is the trusted source for theatre information and editorial content. The website comprises a listings database of some 5,500-plus performances nationwide at any time, unrivaled theatre news, reviews, photos, interviews, gossip, blogs and features, as well as video, user-generated content and lively discussion boards. The audience represents the country’s most avid theatregoing and arts-loving demographic available online.

WhatsonStage founded and presents the annual WhatsOnStage Awards. Now in their 13th year, the WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major UK theatre awards decided across by the public, with over 60,000 people voting each year. The company also runs the WhatsOnStage Theatre Club and hosts year-round events to major new West End productions, including post-show Q&As with the stars and creatives, which enhance the theatregoing experience for all involved.

WhatsOnStage Ltd was acquired in January 2013 by TheaterMania.com, Inc., the leading US-based theatre content, ticketing and services company. The merger of these two renowned theatre brands forms the first dedicated transatlantic digital theatre media group, serving the world’s two great theatre capitals, London and New York, and markets throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Under our new ownership, the WhatsOnStage.com website was relaunched in June 2013. Major investment has been made in the new site, which is based on a robust, scalable platform that has been custom-built for theatre ticketing, show listings and content. This platform has been developed by TheaterMania and road-tested to huge success in the Broadway and nationwide US markets.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Sita McIntosh, Chief Operating Officer

    Sita McIntosh

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sita started her career in theatre in 1989 working for a company called Mentor Advertising as the PA to the Managing Director. That was an amazing feat given that she had no experience, couldn’t type, do shorthand or operate a word processor (as it was in those days) but blagged the job due to an unfathomable love of theatre and endless patience standing in returns queues to watch some amazing classics including Ian Charleson and Julie Walters in Fool For Love, Pauline Collins in Shirley Valentine and the original production of Les Miserables at the Barbican Theatre (in the gallery for a fiver). Over the next 26 years, her career has meandered through Ticketmaster, Stoll Moss Theatres, McCabe’s, Freelancer, Waterstones, Motherhood, See Tickets, Ticketmaster (again) before landing at the door of WhatsOnStage in 2014.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    The Gift of the Gorgon with Dame Judi Dench

    Favourite cereal:
    Sugar Puffs

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Martin Luther King, Nat King Cole, God (to see if s/he really exists/turns up).

  • Theo Bosanquet, Managing Editor

    Theo Bosanquet

    Managing Editor

    Since graduating with a degree in Drama from Bristol University in 2004, Theo has worked as an assistant theatre director, script editor and web content editor. In April 2008 he joined WhatsOnStage, where he contributes and edits content across the main site, regional and specialist microsites. He hails originally from Northumberland, where he was a member of the 2004-05 Arts Council-funded Interact theatre training scheme.

    What's your favourite ever production
    Festen

    Favourite cereal:
    Frosties

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Marilyn Monroe

  • Peter Gibbons, Product Manager

    Peter Gibbons

    Product Manager

    Peter trained at Bournemouth University and graduated with a degree in Interactive Media Production in 2011. While working as a freelancer, he began interning as a web designer at WhatsOnStage a few months after graduating, and became a full time employee early in 2012. Since then, he has had several different responsibilities and is now the Product Manager. In addition to WhatsOnStage, Peter also works as a photographer.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Menier Chocolate Factory's The Color Purple

    Favourite cereal
    Jordans Super Nutty Granola

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Lady Gaga, John Lasseter, J. J. Abrams

  • Kevin Quilty, Sales and Marketing Manager

    Kevin Quilty

    Sales and Marketing Manager

    Kevin started working as Marketing Manager at WhatsOnStage nearly two years ago and has now expanded his role to include sales. Passionate about theatre and music, Kevin is a keen performer in his spare time and has recently been seen in the lead role of Phantom and principal cast for Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Titanic and Company.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    King Lear at the National Theatre with Ian Holm making a rare stage appearance. I saw the final performance of it at the Cottesloe and it really felt like I was a part of acting history.

    Favourite cereal:
    Raisin Wheats

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    David Hare, Judi Dench & Kylie

  • Laura Norman, Business Development Manager

    Laura Norman

    Business Development Manager

    Laura moved from Southern Africa to London almost a decade ago and still isn't quite sure how to deal with the rain. Luckily she enjoys going to the theatre, an often indoor pursuit, so she mostly manages. Having started as Club and Content Manager in 2009 and moving through the organisation to her current role as Business Development Manager Laura has experience of many of the elements of the business. She's quite often surprised at how different her theatrical tastes are to other members of the team but then she remembers that that's the joy of living in London - there's theatre enough for everyone's tastes.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    The Scottsboro Boys

    Favourite cereal:
    Cheerios

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Cleopatra

  • Ben Hewis, Content and Features Editor

    Ben Hewis

    Content and Features Editor

    Having been involved in theatre from a young age, Ben graduated with a degree in Drama and Theatre from Middlesex University in 2007. In December 2012, Ben combined his love of theatre and digital content, launching theatre blog Livetheatre.co. A year later, Ben joined us as Content and Features Editor, responsible for developing our Features coverage and multimedia content.

    What's your favorite ever production?
    Punchdrunk's Faustus

    Favourite cereal:
    Lucky Charms

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Shakespeare, Larry Olivier, Jedward

  • Rosie Bannister, Web Content Manager

    Rosie Bannister

    Web Content Manager

    Somehow making the (not so) natural transition from a Chemistry degree to working for a theatre website, Rosie has had experience in many areas of the business, now working editorially as Web Content Manager. She still finds time to crew shows, in between trips to the theatre, and is just about surviving the lack of spreadsheets.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Complicite's A Disappearing Number

    Favourite cereal:
    Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Caitlin Moran, Galileo, my Grandma