General English


  • The area of a stage furthest from the audience, usually theback third. The word is also used as a stage direction, meaningto move away from the audience. When an actor faces the audience,'upstage right' is to his right and 'upstage left' is to his left.

    The phrase to upstage someone has entered the generallanguage, meaning to draw attention to oneself at the expense of another;it derives from the fact that an actor moving upstage of another obligesthe latter to act with his face away from to the audience. see also centrestage;downstage.