Matthew Hemley

Matthew Hemley

Biography

Matt is news editor for The Stage, having started as the newspaper’s broadcast reporter. He covers all areas of the industry in his role, but has a particular interest in musical theatre. Matt studied acting at Bretton Hall and presents a fortnightly theatre segment on Matthew Wright's TalkRadio show.

Recent Articles

Keeping theatres open not a priority for public, poll suggests

Keeping theatres open not a priority for public, poll suggests

When asked what the government should keep open in the event of a second national lockdown, just 2% of people said theatres should be the top priority
Finborough scoops top prize at London Pub Theatre Awards

Finborough scoops top prize at London Pub Theatre Awards

London fringe venue the Finborough has won the main award at this year’s London Pub Theatre Awards
The Mousetrap, Kneehigh and Zippos Circus in latest round of recovery grants

The Mousetrap, Kneehigh and Zippos Circus in latest round of recovery grants

Kneehigh Theatre, Zippos Circus and the West End production of The Mousetrap are among more than 500 recipients in the latest allocation of grants from the Culture Recovery Fund
Former & Juliet employee loses tribunal against producers in furlough case

Former & Juliet employee loses tribunal against producers in furlough case

A former backstage worker on West End musical & Juliet has lost a tribunal case against the show’s producers for breach of contract, which he brought after claiming he was entitled to be rehired and furloughed by the company
Brian Conley to star as Scrooge in concert production of Alan Menken musical

Brian Conley to star as Scrooge in concert production of Alan Menken musical

Brian Conley is to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in a concert production of Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol, which will mark the reopening of the Dominion Theatre in London. 
Theatres and producers rejected by recovery fund warn of uncertainty ahead

Theatres and producers rejected by recovery fund warn of uncertainty ahead

Theatres and producers turned down for grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have warned of the impact the decisions will have on their businesses, with some making immediate redundancies in the wake of the news
Theatr Clwyd warns of audience drain unless Welsh government backs indoor shows

Theatr Clwyd warns of audience drain unless Welsh government backs indoor shows

The theatre has called on the Welsh government to allow indoor performances to resume, warning that it is losing audiences to venues in England while it is forced to remain closed
West End variation agreement voted through by Equity members

West End variation agreement voted through by Equity members

A controversial West End agreement that includes no additional pay on Sundays and pro-rated pay has been accepted by Equity members, who voted in favour of the temporary deal.
Third of theatre rescue grants awarded to London venues, ACE data reveals

Third of theatre rescue grants awarded to London venues, ACE data reveals

More than a third of grants awarded to theatres in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund have gone to venues with London postcodes
Theatres hail ‘crucial’ funding as full list of recovery grants is revealed

Theatres hail ‘crucial’ funding as full list of recovery grants is revealed

Among those announced in the government’s first round of funding from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund are Bristol Old Vic, Curve in Leicester, the Park Theatre in London and Nottingham Playhouse
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