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West End stars unpaid after producer hits financial problems

February News 2014According to The Stage online today, “Leading musical theatre performers including John Owen Jones, Gareth Gates and Louise Dearman have been left owed thousands of pounds for a West End concert they performed in last year.

The performers took part in An Evening of Movies and Musicals, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 1st December 2013.

The event was produced by Matthew Hampson, who has yet to pay the performers for their work in the concert, which also featured Christopher Biggins and an orchestra comprising amateur and professional musicians.

Additionally, Hampson was lined up to produce Dearman’s first solo UK tour, which was due to commence at the start of 2014. However, the tour was cancelled last month and it has since emerged that her management withdrew her from it because of the financial situation with An Evening of Movies and Musicals.

Speaking to The Stage, Hampson admitted that he had not yet been able to pay performers for the production in London because of financial difficulties. He said the show had been successful in the regions but that his “error was being naive with going into London too soon”.

Hampson stated “My errors came from not being prepared for what was to come. The show lost a lot of money. It was not for any other reason than that. I have not been in this position before and I think the managers concerned know that,” he added.

Hampson is speaking to the performers’ managers to “rectify the issue” and that agreements were being put in place to sort out the performers’ payments in stages.

Read the full article at www.thestage.co.uk

Thursday 13th February 2014

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