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

Drama school racism: Students call out top schools and reveal stories of abuse

Drama school racism: Students call out top schools and reveal stories of abuse

Leading UK drama schools have been called out by current and former black students for systemic and institutionalised racism, prompting calls for leadership overhauls and urgent action to address the issue
Coronavirus: Pretty Woman star raises £11k in musical-athon

Coronavirus: Pretty Woman star raises £11k in musical-athon

Aimie Atkinson has helped raise more than £10,900 for charity with a 24-hour musical-athon, in which she sang along to tracks from shows including Six, Wicked and Pretty Woman with producer Tom Gribby
Coronavirus: Charity T-shirt sales raise more than £125,000 from 7,500 orders

Coronavirus: Charity T-shirt sales raise more than £125,000 from 7,500 orders

More than £125,000 has so far been raised by the sale of specially designed ‘The Show Must Go On’ T-shirts, with more than 7,500 orders placed in the first four weeks
Coronavirus: Touring contracts to include unpaid ‘weeks out’ and three-show days

Coronavirus: Touring contracts to include unpaid ‘weeks out’ and three-show days

Producers of touring shows will have the option to designate up to a third of a contract as unpaid ‘weeks out’, under which performers will be able to undertake other work, as part of a new agreement created specially to navigate the pandemic.
Six writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss back free online classes for performers

Six writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss back free online classes for performers

Six creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have joined choreographer Arlene Phillips to back a new series of online classes, seminars and workshops, offered to performers free of charge
Coronavirus: SOLT and UK Theatre call for Theatre Tax Relief increase

Coronavirus: SOLT and UK Theatre call for Theatre Tax Relief increase

The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre are urging the government to increase the rate of relief to 50% of qualifying expenditure, from 25% for touring shows and 20% for other productions
Musical theatre radio station Encore to close following acquisition by Bauer

Musical theatre radio station Encore to close following acquisition by Bauer

Musical theatre station Encore Radio is to be taken off air as part of a shake-up by owner Bauer Media
Plans to turn former Bike Shed Theatre into bar criticised

Plans to turn former Bike Shed Theatre into bar criticised

Plans have been submitted to turn the former Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter into a bar
Coronavirus: Chancellor faces renewed calls to boost support for self-employed

Coronavirus: Chancellor faces renewed calls to boost support for self-employed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under renewed pressure to extend a funding scheme for employed and freelance workers, with creative industry unions warning entertainment workers face a “financial cliff edge” without it
Coronavirus: Lockdown could lead to more inclusive sector for carers – PIPA

Coronavirus: Lockdown could lead to more inclusive sector for carers – PIPA

Theatre workers with caring responsibilities have highlighted how working practices brought about by the pandemic could herald a new dawn of job flexibility
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