Greene Light Stage plc (GLS) is an independent commercial producer established by Sally Greene in 1994.
The Soho based company has been the recipient of multiple Olivier and Tony awards, with the company's contribution to theatre being recognised worldwide. Perhaps the most notable success is GLS's production of Billy Elliot the Musical which they co-produced with Working Title Films and Universal Stage Productions. It opened in 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the West End and ran for an incredible 11 years. Billy Elliot went on to have a very successful run in Australia before opening to rave reviews on Broadway and winning a record-breaking ten Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical. It has since toured extensively in both the US & UK.
GLS has been involved with over 100 shows in the West End, on Broadway and on tour. Productions include: & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Wider Earth (The Natural History Museum); Glengarry Glen Ross (The Playhouse Theatre); Big Fish (The Other Palace); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre, Broadway, Australia, USA tour, Holland, UK & Ireland Tour, Hamburg, Japan and Korea); The Go-Between, Jerusalem, Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre); The Mentalists, Clybourne Park (Wyndham’s Theatre); Good People (Noël Coward Theatre); The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); Private Lives (Gielgud Theatre); Passion Play (Duke of York’s Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre); Noises Off (Old Vic); The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre).
Productions produced in association with The Old Vic Theatre Company include: High Society, Clarence Darrow, Electra, The Crucible, Other Desert Cities, Much Ado About Nothing, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Winslow Boy, Kiss Me, Kate, Hedda Gabler, The Playboy of the Western World, Cause Célèbre, A Flea in Her Ear, Design for Living, The Real Thing, The Duchess of Malfi, Inherit the Wind, The Norman Conquests and Speed-the-Plow.
SALLY GREENE OBE
Sally Greene is the Founder of Greene Light Stage, and co-producer of the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical and in 2007 she launched Greene Light Films. She is renowned for rescuing and restoring The Old Vic, Criterion and Richmond theatres.
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 is also 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. In 2004, Sally Greene opened the Cheyne Walk Brasserie in Chelsea, once voted restaurant of the year by Harper’s Magazine and in 2019 it reopened as No. Fifty Cheyne.
Sally Greene is the recipient of an OBE and a Montblanc Arts and Culture Award, in recognition of her contribution to the arts in Britain. 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.
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. Sally Greene has also been a major supporter for other causes including Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and the Hoping Foundation.
20th June 1963 - 18th June 2018 Peter was a much-valued member of the board, providing insightful and considered advice over the years. His counsel, experience and support will be greatly missed.
STEPHEN ROSEN FCA - Corporate Finance Consultant
Robert Bourne is a Chartered Accountant. He is Chairman of Bourne Capital, a property development and Leisure Investment company.
Over the past 10 years has invested in numerous successful property and leisure projects in central London and Europe. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Richmond and Criterion Theatres.
SALLY GREENE OBE
Sally 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. She went on to acquire several key London theatres and her business portfolio now includes the Criterion Theatre in London's West End, the Old Vic Theatre, Greene Light Stage, Greene Light Films Ltd, world renowned Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott's, and London restaurant: the Cheyne Walk Brasserie .
DR TAREK MOUGANIE
Tarek is the founder and CEO of Affinity, a platform that supports entrepreneurs in Ghana through the provision of loans and capacity building services (such as good governance and accounting).
Tarek is also a national age-group triathlete and the co-founder and CEO of the Ghana Triathlon Federation. Before moving back home to Ghana, Tarek was a Director at GLG Partners in London where he managed an equities portfolio. Prior to GLG, Tarek worked at Deloitte in their private equity advisory team. He started his career as an academic, having completed his PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. Tarek is an advisor to Chatham House, Dr Jane Goodall DBE and the Honorary Consul to Cabo Verde in Ghana.
STEPHEN ROSEN FCA - Corporate Finance Consultant
Stephen has been pro-active in providing corporate advisory services to dynamic companies. This includes guiding and assisting in flotation plans. In addition Stephen provides tax advisory services to owner managed businesses, as well as residence and domicile matters for their owners.
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Greene Light Stage produces and manages work in the West End, on tour and internationally. Collectively the team have worked with theatre's most prestigious artists, and won numerous awards for their work. The company has strong relationships with the subsidised sector and has had notable success with transfers from The Royal Court, Chichester and Hampstead Theatres. The company has several projects in development, including new musicals, revivals of classic plays and newly commissioned work.
Greene Light Stage has a wealth of experience in the general management of West End and UK touring productions of both plays and musicals. GLS can provide a full general management service tailored to the requirements of the producer, ranging from large scale new musicals to revivals of classic plays.
With a strong background in the development of new work, GLS can also provide step by step general management of all the different stages of any new production including readings, workshops and feedback sessions, accommodating both UK and overseas producers and creative teams.
- Budgeting for any prospective productions, seasons, transfers, readings and workshops. - Controlling budgets and cashflow including invoices, payroll and royalties. - Securing creative team and cast, negotiation and contracting. - Recruiting all technical and back stage positions. - Dealing with any HR issues, discipline and general wellbeing of all company members. - Running marketing and press teams to plan and launch campaigns including design, social media and on-sales. - Management of launch events, opening and gala nights. - West End venue and tour booking, including deal negotiations, pricing and contracts. - Quality assurance on tour and in the West End. - Immigration/visa processing, travel and accommodation for international artists or touring overseas. - Management or guidance with investor relations and documentation. - Access to legal, accounting and tax advice.
Rocket Stage Ltd
Rocket Stage is a theatre production company co-founded by Elton John and David Furnish in partnership with Sally Greene.
The business is focused on developing and bringing to the stage live theatre projects that are either driven by Elton’s existing musical catalogue or by new compositions from Elton and chosen collaborators.
Currently, the company has several theatrical projects in development both in the US and the UK.
Greene Light Films
Greene Light Films (GLF) was established in 2007 with the intention for the Greene empire to utilise the creative relationships that have been formed and cemented through the work completed by the Sally's theatre companies. GLF is run by Sally and her Film Consultant Caroline Harvey.
GLF’s first short film Player (directed by Mary Nighy, written by Sam Hodges and starring Pete Postlethwaite, Sam Hodges, Celia Imrie and Haydn Gwynne) received the following mentions and awards:
GLF’s first feature film Hunky Dory and starring Minnie Driver) premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2011 and was released in March 2012.
GLF has co-produced Richard Raymond’s debut feature film Desert Dancer starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen and Nazanin Boniadi – an extraordinary tale of the search for freedom and love, based upon the true story of Iranian exiled dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who fled the tyranny and oppression of Tehran, was granted asylum in France and awarded a place at the National School of Dance in Paris, where he continues to live today.