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Showbiz doesn't pay - Michael Simkins

Features | By Michael Simkins

Black tie on a budget: Michael Simkins as Billy Flynn in Chicago

In a fringe production, you’re lucky to be offered a weekly travelcard, says actor Michael Simkins

‘You’re an act-orrhhh, are you? So how much do you earn?’ Ah, here we go. How much do we earn? It’s a question frequently asked of thesps by guileless civilians. It’s little wonder, because actors’ salaries are the last conversational taboo in showbusiness. As a breed, we may be happy to talk endlessly about ourselves (‘But enough of me – what did you think of my performance?’), but ask us how much we’re pulling in and our natural talkativeness exits stage right. ...

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