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

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

When the pandemic hit in March, Kerry Ellis was out of work for the first time since leaving drama school. The singer and performer talks about being spotted by Brian May, understudying for Martine McCutcheon in My Fair Lady and dealing with enthusiastic Wicked fans
Drama staff at risk as University of Roehampton looks to make £3.2m savings

Drama staff at risk as University of Roehampton looks to make £3.2m savings

Staff working in the drama and performance department at the University of Roehampton are bracing themselves for cuts, as the organisation looks to make £3.2 million of savings from its schools of arts and humanities
Chancellor facing renewed calls to support arts workers missing out on funding

Chancellor facing renewed calls to support arts workers missing out on funding

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing fresh calls for current financial measures to be “expanded and extended” to help freelancers and self-employed people in the performing arts.
Wales Millennium Centre among recipients of Welsh Cultural Recovery Fund

Wales Millennium Centre among recipients of Welsh Cultural Recovery Fund

Wales Millennium Centre and Aberystwyth Arts Centre are among organisations awarded rescue grants from Arts Council Wales
West End musicians reject variation agreement including Sunday pay clause

West End musicians reject variation agreement including Sunday pay clause

Musicians’ Union members have rejected a variation agreement that would have required them to work Sunday shows for no additional pay
Olivier Awards 2020 reveals performers and broadcast details

Olivier Awards 2020 reveals performers and broadcast details

Ian McKellen will be honoured at this year’s Olivier Awards, in a ceremony that will also see Sharon D Clarke perform a tribute to Don Black.
Guildford School of Acting slashes first-round audition fees by more than 70%

Guildford School of Acting slashes first-round audition fees by more than 70%

Fees for the first round of auditions at Guildford School of Acting are to be cut by more than 70%, as the school attempts to improve access and increase diversity
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
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