- an instruction written into the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements.
- the art or technique of a stage director.
Origin of stage direction
Examples from the Web for stage direction
Historical Examples of stage direction
In the stage-direction the last four words are omitted Remorse.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The stage-direction says, 'shaken with horror:' no wonder that he shook!The Life of Friedrich Schiller
At l. 50 the stage-direction was "Exit Sergestus with Ascanius."The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 2 (of 3)
I had said all I had to say, and it seemed to me that about here the stage-direction "exit" was written in my part.My Man Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
The 1st quarto has here the stage-direction: "They whisper in his eare;" that is, whisper the reason of their departure.Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
- an instruction to an actor or director, written into the script of a play
Part of the script of a play that tells the actors how they are to move or to speak their lines. Enter, exit, and exeunt are stage directions.