Matthew studied English at Cambridge University before becoming an actor and subsequently a theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Directing credits: She Loves Me, Candide & The Last Five Years (Menier Chocolate Factory); West Side Story (Kilworth House Theatre); The Producers (UK Tour); Top Hat (UK Tour & West End – Three Olivier Award wins including Best New Musical & the Evening Standard Award for ‘Best Night Out’); Sweet Charity & Little Shop of Horrors (Menier & West End, both nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival); The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera); Maria Friedman – By Special Arrangement (Donmar Warehouse); Closer Than Ever (Jermyn Street Theatre); Mr Stink (Leicester Curve & National Tour); Carousel (Blackpool Grand & National Tour); Rent & Cabaret (English Theatre, Frankfurt); The Woman in Black & Perfect Wedding (English Theatre, Vienna); The Demon Headmaster (Churchill Theatre & National Tour); Far From the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre);  Little Shop of Horrors (StageWest, Toronto).

As a writer/adaptor: Top Hat (West End & UK Tour); Far From the Madding Crowd (Samuel French Ltd); Staging a Musical; Jack and the Beanstalk; Little Red Riding Hood; The Three Little Pigs, The Night Before Christmas (A&C Black/Bloomsbury); Orpheus; Mr Stink.

Acting: Ragtime (Piccadilly, Olivier Award nomination – Best Supporting Actor); Chicago (Adelphi); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Shaftesbury); Les Misérables (Palace); Awaking Beauty (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Children of Eden (Prince Edward); The Glee Club (New Vic, Stoke); Cinderella (Old Vic); Passion (Bridewell); Bat Boy The Musical & Company (Southwark Playhouse).

Film and television: Law and Order: UK (ITV); A Christmas Carol (Hallmark) and Doctor Who & Judge John Deed (BBC).