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Equity investigates complaint about producer Stephen Leatherland

Stephen Leatherland is disputing a claim in relation The Naked Truth, produced by his company Stephen Leatherland is disputing a claim in relation The Naked Truth, produced by his company World on Stage
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Equity is investigating a complaint made against producer Stephen Leatherland over money allegedly owed for a recent touring production.

Leatherland, who features on Equity’s Special Attention list, has been involved in payment rows previously, and in 2013 was ordered to pay an actor £5,000 in unpaid wages.

However, the producer is disputing the most recent claim, which is in relation to show The Naked Truth, produced by his company World on Stage.

Equity confirmed it was investigating the situation following a complaint by an unnamed performer involved with the show, which toured earlier this year, but stressed that the investigation was in its initial stages and it could not confirm whether this would extend to legal action.

“Equity is currently investigating a dispute about monies owed on behalf of a member who worked on The Naked Truth tour 2016,” a spokesman for the union said.

Leatherland said he was contesting the claims made by the Equity member, and told The Stage that the individual had been paid in accordance with their contract. However, he acknowledged the dispute was over additional payments.

The Stage has also been contacted separately by several other people working on the show, The Naked Truth, who claim to be owed money by World on Stage.

Three individuals are claiming to be owed a total of about £4,300 following the tour.

When approached by The Stage, Leatherland said that some of this was in the process of being resolved however he could not confirm all of the amounts in question.

The Naked Truth was directed by Lisa Reilly, and starred Vicki Michelle and Faye Tozer as part of a cast of seven.

Michelle’s agent confirmed that she had been paid in advance for the production, while Tozer’s agent did not wish to comment.

World on Stage was incorporated in 2013, however Leatherland is listed on Equity’s Special Attention list in connection with other companies he has been involved with – Standing Ovations, Theatremaster and Theatre 1st, all of which are now dissolved.

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