Sally Greene is an entrepreneur in the entertainment and arts field.
Her career began when she bought the lease of the Richmond Theatre from her father, Basil Greene in 1986. In 1998, having saved The Old Vic from closure, she formed The Old Vic Theatre Trust with Stephen Daldry, and in 2003 she formed the Old Vic Theatre Company.
Sally Greene is also the founder of Greene Light Stage and co-producer of the Tony Award winning Billy Elliot the Musical. GLS has been the recipient of multiple Olivier and Tony awards, with the company's contribution to theatre being recognised worldwide. In 2007 she also launched Greene Light Films.
Sally is the proprietor of the world-famous Soho jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s. She was instrumental in its complete restoration and since her takeover it has become internationally renowned as the place for jazz in London. Sally brought together a strong team to manage the club, which has flourished since her takeover, with performances from jazz legends to international superstars and regular pop-ups all over the world.
In 2004, Sally Greene opened the Cheyne Walk Brasserie in Chelsea, once voted restaurant of the year by Harper’s Magazine. In 2019, after undergoing a complete refurbishment the restaurant reopened as No. Fifty Cheyne and received a glowing review from the Evening Standard.
Sally has dedicated much of her career to supporting and promoting charitable causes, many of them aimed at youth and education in the arts. She is a Trustee of the Old Vic Theatre Trust, Criterion Theatre Trust, Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, which sponsors young musicians both in the UK and around the world, and the London Music Fund, an independent charity which offers grants to young, underprivileged children across London to develop their musical potential. She has always strived to support and promote charities through her own ventures; Ronnie Scott’s has hosted evenings for charities including the Hoping Foundation and an evening with Sam Smith for War Child.
Sally has been a Patron for the HighTide Theatre Festival and Pop-up Ltd. A long-time supporter of the NSPCC, she was a supporter of the NSPCC’s FULL STOP campaign. In addition to this, in 2017 she was instrumental in the backing of an innovative new partnership between the NSPCC and the English National Opera. This program encouraged families who don’t typically access the arts to take part in Family Days to enjoy opera, with the chance to participate in activities with professional artists before enjoying a performance. Sally Greene has also been a major supporter for other causes including Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and the Hoping Foundation.
Sally is the recipient of an OBE and
a Montblanc Arts and Culture Award,
in recognition of her contribution
to the arts in Britain.
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