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Actor wins unpaid wages tribunal against touring producer

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Performer Stephen John Davis has won a tribunal against a theatre production company that left him thousands of pounds out of pocket for work on a touring musical.

Davis’ claim for unpaid wages was made against Theatre Productions UK Ltd, which produced A Viennese Strauss Gala, in which he appeared at the beginning of this year. The company has now been ordered to pay Davis more than £5,000 for his work on the show.

As revealed by The Stage in March, performers employed by Theatre Productions UK experienced difficulties securing payment for their work on the production, despite being told they would receive money owed to them 14 days after each invoice had been submitted.

While it is understood that Theatre Productions UK paid other performers on the show in a number of instalments over several weeks, Davis has not been given money owed to him. He sought Equity’s help in launching a tribunal against Theatre Productions UK Ltd, which is run by Karie Musson and Stephen Leatherland.

Both are known to Equity and are named on the union’s special attention list for issues concerning performers’ pay. However, they are not listed under Theatre Productions UK Ltd, but in connection with Theatre Master Ltd, Standing Ovations Ltd and Theatre 1st Ltd.

Davis’ tribunal, funded by Equity, was heard in Leicester last month, but Theatre Productions UK offered no defence. A default judgement was therefore issued, which saw the tribunal rule that Theatre Productions UK Ltd had made “an unauthorised deduction from the claimant’s wages” and ordered it to pay Davis a net sum of £4,406.38.In addition, it found Theatre Productions UK had not paid Davis’ holiday entitlement, and ordered it to pay £675.92.

Leatherland said: “All other artists have been paid in full. A judgement was entered in default and Stephen John Davis will be paid in due course.”

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