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Watch now: performer Jonathan Ansell storms stage in unpaid wages protest

Performer Jonathan Ansell, who has made a public protest against unpaid wages
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Performer Jonathan Ansell stormed the stage of a show produced by Stephen Leatherland in a protest over unpaid wages.

As reported by The Stage earlier this month, Ansell claims to be owed around £10,000 for his work on a show called A Night in Venice, which toured in 2016.

The performer jumped on stage ahead of a performance of A Viennese Strauss Gala – also produced by Leatherland – on January 20. He filmed his address to the audience at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe, which was streamed live on Facebook.

He told audience members that he and other singers involved in last year’s tour had not been paid.

“We absolutely love what we do but I think you’ll agree that this is totally unacceptable,” he said.

He said Leatherland, who runs production company World on Stage, had left some performers in “such a dreadful position” that they had not been able to pay rents or mortgages.

“it’s extremely unfortunate that I’ve had to take this drastic action here tonight but I hope it goes some way to stopping this happening to anybody else ever again,” he added.

Later in the video, Ansell confronts Leatherland, but the producer refuses to address payment concerns while the camera is on him.

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