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

UK theatre faces £90 million losses as panto season is axed

UK theatre faces £90 million losses as panto season is axed

Theatres are entering a critical stage in their fight for survival, with some venues saying that their lost annual pantomimes can provide almost 50% of their yearly income in just over a month
Selladoor to cut 91 jobs as it confirms pantomime season is postponed

Selladoor to cut 91 jobs as it confirms pantomime season is postponed

Theatre company Selladoor Worldwide is to cut 91 full-time and casual workers, as it confirms its subsidiary Prime Pantomimes will not be producing any shows this Christmas
Mamma Mia! cast and stage management released from contracts

Mamma Mia! cast and stage management released from contracts

Cast and stage management on Mamma Mia! have been released from their contracts, as producers prepare for the show to remain closed for the foreseeable future
Theatre workers ‘mourning’ loss of jobs offered weekly space to meet others

Theatre workers ‘mourning’ loss of jobs offered weekly space to meet others

Theatre workers missing their jobs can come together weekly to share their stories and experiences as part of a new event
Discount ticket booth TKTS confirms closure with more than 20 jobs lost

Discount ticket booth TKTS confirms closure with more than 20 jobs lost

The Society of London Theatre said it had made the “unimaginable decision” to close the West End’s discount ticket booth as a result of the ’devastation’ of the pandemic
Opera singers to perform arias online to people struggling during pandemic

Opera singers to perform arias online to people struggling during pandemic

Professional opera singers will perform arias to people struggling with personal issues during the pandemic as part of a new online initiative
41% of New Wolsey Theatre’s permanent staff face redundancy

41% of New Wolsey Theatre’s permanent staff face redundancy

More than 40% of permanent staff with regular hours at the Ipswich venue face redundancy as it grapples with loss of income that has made its current operating budget untenable
London fringe venue Pentameters Theatre fights for survival

London fringe venue Pentameters Theatre fights for survival

As the theatre relies solely on box office revenue, it is unable to pay its rent having been shut due to Covid-19 and has launched a fundraising campaign
King’s Theatre Edinburgh early victim of Qdos pantomime postponements

King’s Theatre Edinburgh early victim of Qdos pantomime postponements

The King’s follows His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in being forced to postpone its pantomime because of a lack of clarity over when venues could potentially reopen
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