Husband Tobias Oliver

Theatre Composer Matthew Bugg (born September 19, 1974) and Marketing Professional Tobias "Toby" Oliver (born July 13, 1972) have been together since 1994 (their anniversary is on February 17). They live in Sheffield with their beloved Dachshund, Georgie.

Matthew Bugg grew up in Sheffield. He began his theatre training at the age of four after seeing The Royal Ballet’s production of 'The Tales of Beatrix Potter' on TV. He started the violin at the age of eight, and spent every night either dancing or playing music.

​But at 14, he suffered a serious shoulder injury in a dance class. He was told not to play for six months and to give up dance completely. It was during this difficult period that Matthew began to compose in earnest (on his BBC Micro Computer!)

​Matthew defied the doctors and returned to dance at the age of 17, and was awarded a scholarship to study with the British Ballet Organisation. Unfortunately the shoulder problem returned.

​He went on to achieve the highest mark in the country for A’ level Music and decided to study composition at the University of Birmingham. Here he was awarded a Barber Scholarship and the Roland Gregory Prize.

​Matthew got his first professional theatre job at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, before he had even graduated, and was made an Associate Artist of the new Mercury Theatre Company.

He has since worked at most of the major theatres across the country as composer and choreographer.

​While working as a composer on a play by Clive Francis, Matthew was asked by him to audition for a part in The Tempest and won his first professional acting role as Ariel.

​'Miss Nightingale - the burlesque musical' is Matthew's first musical.

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