stage door



  • The door at the back or side of a theater for actors and staff.It is the normal gathering place for autograph seekers and was formerlythe haunt of stage-door Johnnies enamoured of chorus girls.Stage Door was the title of a play by the US dramatist MaxwellAnderson.

    The private entrance is usually guarded by the stage door-keeper,who ensures that no unauthorized person gains access. London's favouriteexample was the former music hall artist Harry Loman, who in 1955became stage door-keeper of the Criterion Theatre at the age of 74and remained in his post until he was 96.