The Hope Theatre in London has announced that actor and The Stage columnist Paul Clayton  will become its new patron.
Clayton, who is also chair of the Actors Centre in London, performed in the theatre’s in-house production of Brimstone and Treacle earlier this year.
According to the theatre, Clayton will act as an ambassador for the theatre and will mentor the venue’s artistic director Matthew Parker.
Clayton said he was “thrilled and honoured” by the appointment, and added: “I am genuinely excited by being able to support such a fantastic venue.
“The team at the Hope, led by the indefatigable and innovative Matthew Parker, are an absolute joy to work with and it truly is a venue that puts actors first. Not least by paying them, but also by curating an exciting programme of new and adventurous work.”
The role will also see Clayton attend the theatre’s press nights and lend support to the venue’s resident companies.