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Matthew Hemley

Matthew Hemley

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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

Phantom of the Opera orchestra to be cut by 50% when it returns to West End

Phantom of the Opera orchestra to be cut by 50% when it returns to West End

The production returning to the West End will use orchestrations currently used on tour, meaning the orchestra will consist of just 14 players, where it previously had 27 and was understood to be the largest band in the West End
Alexandra Burke to star as the Narrator in Joseph revival

Alexandra Burke to star as the Narrator in Joseph revival

Alexandra Burke will star as the Narrator in the forthcoming revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Zoë Wanamaker, Peter Capaldi, Sheila Atim and Chris O’Dowd to star in Donmar Constellations revival

Zoë Wanamaker, Peter Capaldi, Sheila Atim and Chris O’Dowd to star in Donmar Constellations revival

Zoë Wanamaker, Peter Capaldi, Sheila Atim and Chris O’Dowd are to star in a West End revival of Michael Longhurst’s production of Nick Payne’s Constellations, which will see four casts rotating in the production.
Donmar partners with Wessex Grove to take work to a wider audience

Donmar partners with Wessex Grove to take work to a wider audience

London’s Donmar Warehouse has partnered with production company Wessex Grove to develop new stage work and give the theatre’s output a “future life” in the UK and abroad
Wac Arts row escalates as 60 sign letter labelling college a ‘place of distrust’

Wac Arts row escalates as 60 sign letter labelling college a ‘place of distrust’

Current and former students from the London performing arts school, including actors Sheila Atim and Jamael Westman, have written an open letter to the college, warning they no longer feel it provides an “accessible, safe space for young people to train”
Hope Mill Theatre to revive The Wiz this Christmas

Hope Mill Theatre to revive The Wiz this Christmas

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre will stage the first new production of The Wiz in the UK for 10 years this Christmas.
Simon Stephens and Jo Clifford among Olwen Wymark Awards winners

Simon Stephens and Jo Clifford among Olwen Wymark Awards winners

Playwrights Simon Stephens and Jo Clifford have been honoured for supporting and nurturing new writing as part of this year’s Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards, which honours teachers, producers and creatives across the industry
The Mill at Sonning to reopen with cabaret-style space as new season is unveiled

The Mill at Sonning to reopen with cabaret-style space as new season is unveiled

The Mill at Sonning will be transformed into a cabaret space for 70 people when it reopens later this year, with a line-up of shows including musical Top Hat and Busman’s Honeymoon directed by Brian Blessed.
UK musicals to go worldwide as Perfect Pitch ties up with Broadway Licensing

UK musicals to go worldwide as Perfect Pitch ties up with Broadway Licensing

Musical theatre production company Perfect Pitch has begun a partnership with global licensing house Broadway Licensing, which will see the work of about 20 British writers shared across the world
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