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

Frozen postpones opening due to latest lockdown measures

Frozen postpones opening due to latest lockdown measures

Disney’s Frozen has postponed its opening in April following the third national lockdown.
Producers call for government cash to kick-start touring theatre market

Producers call for government cash to kick-start touring theatre market

Independent commercial producers are to launch a joint bid to Arts Council England for funding that would underwrite touring shows, warning that social distancing will make taking work around the UK untenable
Theatres call for CRF grants to be extended to help them survive

Theatres call for CRF grants to be extended to help them survive

Theatres are calling for Culture Recovery Fund grants to be extended beyond the March deadline, warning their futures are at risk without it
West End shows announce new dates following restrictions

West End shows announce new dates following restrictions

West End shows that had planned to open prior to restrictions shutting theatres - including a series of concerts featuring stars including Aimie Atkinson and Layton Williams - have revealed new dates.
When do theatres hope to reopen in 2021?

When do theatres hope to reopen in 2021?

Last week, theatres were thrown into disarray as the government announced a third lockdown. Producers and theatre owners including Nica Burns, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Fiona Allan have told The Stage about the time frames they are working towards in 2021
Lloyd Webber sticks with plan to open Cinderella in April at 75% capacity

Lloyd Webber sticks with plan to open Cinderella in April at 75% capacity

"I genuinely believe things will get better very quickly", says Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is pushing ahead with plans to begin performances of his Cinderella musical at the end of April
Nimax plans central Covid testing site for reopenings

Nimax plans central Covid testing site for reopenings

Nimax Theatres is planning to open a centralised Covid-19 testing hub for all backstage staff and performers at its six venues, following a successful pilot last year
Sian Alexander leaves Lyric Hammersmith with immediate effect

Sian Alexander leaves Lyric Hammersmith with immediate effect

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre executive director Sian Alexander has left the theatre with immediate effect, after five years in the role
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