Matthew Shaw

mathew_shawOver the years, Britain has become proud of its home-grown vocalists like Russell Watson and Joe Longthorne. Now we can add one more name to that list……….Matthew Shaw. Matthew has hit the UK scene after performing abroad for many years. But now he’s back, and boy does Matthew tick all the right boxes. He is a performer who oozes ‘sheer class’ (The Stage Newspaper), one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile performers with a voice that holds no limits. From Italian Opera to Musical Theatre to Rock and Pop, this is a charismatic, polished act that has been seen all over the world.

 

 

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At the age of 15, Matthew left Performing Arts School to become the youngest Bluecoat entertainer at Pontin’s, Blackpool, an experience and training, that he says was like gold dust to him. Upon leaving Pontin’s, Matthew went on to his first Summer Season on the Island of Jersey with Jersey International (Dick Ray). 

From 1997- 1999 his summer’s were spent on the high seas. His cruises included Celebrity USA, Thomson’s and the ‘SUN VISTA’ for Sun Cruises, Malaysia.

Matt’s performances include many pantomimes over the years. After spending most of the time as the Panto cow (the back to boot), Matthew finally got his first main part in ‘Cinderella’ for Qdos.

His big break in Pantomime came when he was asked to understudy comedian Brian Conley at the Southampton Mayflower Theatre in 1997.

After this Matthew went on to play Dandini in ‘Cinders’, with the great CANNON & BALL and BRITT EKLAND at the Belfast Grand Opera House (1998) and again at the New Stoke on Trent Regent Theatre (1999).

The Millennium brought a few changes to Matthew’s career, and his most challenging project to date. From 2000 to late 2001 Matthew was seen presenting the award winning Children’s TV show ‘PUFFIN’S PLA(I)CE’ with ITV/Channel Television in Jersey. The programme was watched by more than 150,000 people across the Channel Islands and France.

His television credits also include appearing with SHANE RICHIE on ITV/Granada programme ‘WAKEY WAKEY, RISE AND SHINE’.

2001-2002 saw Matthew returning to Las Vegas, USA for Hirenotes Inc. (Robert Sigler) as Lead Vocalist in ‘Asuka’ for Japan’s NYK.
For the next four years, Matthew toured the World as Lead Vocalist in “Spirit of Broadway”, a revue which covered Broadway’s hit shows like Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and The Rocky Horror Show.

Matthew has been seen performing in USA (tour and resident), South Africa, China, UK (tour), Denmark and Holland……to name a few.

After completing the final tour of “Broadway”, Matthew was asked by Costa Cruises (Italy) to perform on the company’s maiden voyage to Asia, performing songs from famous Italian arias and Musical Theatre.

Late 2006, Matthew was Guest Entertainer on board the “Celebration” for Thomson’s Cruises, on which he received great revues.

And now after completing his 2007/08 season touring venues across Europe, Matthew is proud to be returning to Pantomime and this his first production with Duggie Chapman Associates, playing the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Bolton Albert Halls.

 


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