In 1998 after a plea by Lord Smith, who was Minister for the Arts at the time, Sally rallied a group of like-minded patrons to save The Old Vic Theatre from closure. The Old Vic Theatre Trust 2000 was formed with Sally as Founding Trustee and Lord Alex Bernstein as Chairman which subsequently purchased the Theatre from the then proprietor Ed Mirvish.

The Old Vic has since produced a wide ranging and daring set of works including Olivier and Tony nominated musical Groundhog Day, Noises Off, Lungs, Glenda Jackson’s return to stage after 25 years as King Lear and Sylvia, the revolutionary story celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst to name a few. 

In 2018 The Old Vic celebrated its 200th birthday, unsurprisingly it has recently been hailed as ‘London’s most eclectic and frequently electrifying theatre’.

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