Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Producer faces pay accusations

4:33, 16th January 2017

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

The publication reported that Jonathan Ansell, who performed in the show, claimed that he was owed £10,000 for his work, and had engaged a lawyer to recover the money.

‘Ultimately I don’t want other people put in that position. I acknowledge there is potentially no way of rectifying the situation for any of us now, but I would hate to see anyone put in financial hardship by entering a contract [with Leatherland]. It’s hard enough to get the gigs nowadays let alone not being paid when you have done it,’ the singer said.

The Stage also asserted that it had seen email correspondence between Ansell and Leatherland ‘in which the producer warns the performer that any adverse press would force him to wind up his company, and abandon current plans to stagger payments through a process known as a Company Voluntary Arrangement’.

Marketing company Papillon also claims that it is owed approximately £1,800 for promoting the show, with managing director Katie Whirledge telling The Stage that her work hasn’t been acknowledged by the company, either through gratitude or financial terms.

This is not the first time Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay performers: following a tribunal in 2013, he paid more than £5,000 to a performer who previously worked on A Viennese Strauss Gala.

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