Cookie policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your computer or on any other device that you use to access our website (e.g. a mobile phone or other mobile device), if you agree to this.

Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, and to work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website (and third parties they work with) and to manage elements of their business. Without certain cookies, some areas and functionalities of a website will not work (e.g. user logins).

If you would like to find out more about cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org or www.aboutcookies.org, which explain how cookies work and how you can manage their use.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are essential and are required for the operation of our website, to enable you to move around our website and use its features. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website. Without these cookies our website does not work properly.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These cookies allow us to collect information about how visitors to our website use our website. They recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We only use these cookies to improve how our website works.
  • Functionality cookies. These cookies are used to recognise you and thus enable us to remember the choices you make. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
  • Targeting/Advertising cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it tailored and more relevant to your interests, so that you are presented with adverts that we believe may be of interest to you. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use on our website and the purposes for which we use them in the tables below.

A. Cookies created and managed by The Stage

Cookie name Type of cookie Expires Description
PHPSESSID Functionality End of browser session Used to remember your details and preferences as you move from page to page on our website, for example logging in to view jobs & auditions. These cookies are destroyed when you close your browser window and thus are known as “session” cookies. They are a combination of functionality and strictly necessary cookies.
_session_id Functionality End of browser session
_services_session Functionality End of browser session
Remember Functionality 30 days (if you do not revisit sections of The Stage website requiring a login for 30 days) Enables “Remember me” feature on login forms, so you don’t have to log in every time you visit our website. This is a functionality cookie and is also known as a “persistent” cookie, which means it will last longer than a session cookie and will not expire when you close your browser window. It will expire if you do not revisit sections of The Stage website requiring a login for 30 days.
*_popup* Strictly necessary Varies from campaign to campaign A variety of short-term cookies used by us for marketing campaigns. If you select “Ask me later” or “Don’t ask me again”, your choice is saved so we can respect your decision and not display the campaign to you. These cookies are ignored once the campaign is over.
Phpbb3_st1_k Functionality 30 days from the last time it is accessed These are cookies used by the StageTalk message board system to log you in, and remember any StageTalk-specific display preferences you may have made.
phpbb3_st1_u Functionality 30 days from the last time it is accessed
phpbb3_st1_sid Functionality 30 days from the last time it is accessed
style_cookie Functionality 1 year from the last time it is accessed

B. Cookies created and managed by The Stage Archive (http://archive.thestage.co.uk/)

Cookie name Type of cookie Expires Description/Purpose
ASP.NET_SessionId Functionality End of browser session Used to remember your details and preferences as you move from page to page on our website, for example logging in. This is a session cookie that is strictly necessary for the site to function.
ASPSESSIONID* Functionality End of browser session
OliveMyCollection Functionality December 2090 functional cookie that is dropped when you add an article to your ‘My Collection’

C. Cookies managed by third parties to help The Stage

Cookie name Type of cookie Expires Managed by Description/Purposes
__utma Analytical/performance 2 years from the last time it is accessed Google Analytics These cookies enable us to see how many people use and navigate our website and it services, as well as the routes people take to move around our website. We use this information to measure how well our website is doing, and where we need to improve our website service to you. These are analytical/performance cookies and are mix of session cookies and persistent ones. View the Google privacy and cookie policy.
__utmb Analytical/performance 1 hour from the last time it is accessed
__utmc Analytical/performance End of browser session
__utmz Analytical/performance 6 months from the last time it is accessed
__gads Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed Google DoubleClick The display advertising blocks on our website track how many people are viewing ads, and also help us to ensure ads are being displayed to the most relevant people. These are targeting/advertising cookies and are not designed to expire. They are persistent cookies. View more information, including how to opt out of these cookies.
__qca Targeting/advertising 5 years from the last time it is accessed
__atuvc Functional 2 years from the last time it is accessed AddThis social sharing tool These cookies help collect usage information from the AddThis social sharing tool. The Stage is currently phasing out this web component. These functionality cookies are a mixture of session-based and persistent (2 years) cookies. View the AddThis privacy & cookie policy.
psc Functional End of browser session
uvc Functional End of browser session
uid Functional End of browser session
ult Functional 1 day from the last time it is accessed

D. Other Third Party Cookies

Cookie name Purpose Expires Managed by Description
OAX Targeting/advertising 1 year from the last time it is accessed The Guardian advertising network We accept display advertising from The Guardian’s culture network, which uses its own set of cookies to track how many people are viewing ads, and also help us to ensure ads are being displayed to the most relevant people. These cookies may also track your ad viewing activity on other websites to try and deliver adverts which are more relevant to you. View The Guardian’s privacy policy.
RMFD Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed
NSC_ Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed
NETID01 Targeting/advertising 5 years from the last time it is accessed
NETSEGS_* Targeting/advertising 1 month from the last time it is accessed
pudm_AAAA Targeting/advertising 1 year from the last time it is accessed
rtc_AAAA Targeting/advertising 1 year from the last time it is accessed
rts_AAAA Targeting/advertising 1 year from the last time it is accessed
rsi_segs Targeting/advertising 3 months from the last time it is accessed
mc Targeting/advertising 5 years from the last time it is accessed
quant_segs Targeting/advertising End of browser session
ACID Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed Advertising.com We accept display advertising from AOL UK (formerly known as Advertising.com), which uses its own set of cookies to track how many people are viewing ads, and also help us to ensure ads are being displayed to the most relevant people. These cookies may also track your ad viewing activity on other websites to try and deliver adverts which are more relevant to you. View AOL’s privacy policy.
ASCID Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed
F1 Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed
FC Targeting/advertising 2 years from the last time it is accessed

Remarketing cookies

This website uses the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven’t completed a task on our site, for example not completing a performer profile.

This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to The Stage Castings website. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.

Other third party cookies

Please note that other third parties may use cookies, over which we have no control. For example, on our website you may be shown banner advertisements for third party services and/or products. These advertisements are allowed by us as part of the service we offer to you. When you click on an advertisement you will visit that third party’s website. Some of these websites generate their own cookies. We have no control over these third party cookies.

Blocking Cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. If you use different computers/mobile devices in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site and thus your experience of our website may be affected.

If you would like to disable “third party” cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party’s website and getting them to generate a one-time “no thanks” cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine. Here are links to the main third party advertising platforms that we may use, each of which have instructions on how to do this:

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising companies. Visit www.youronlinechoices.com for more information on how to opt out of third party tracking cookies.

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