Olivier-winning actor Sheila Atim has been announced as a new trustee at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
The news was revealed alongside the announcement of artistic director Matthew Warchus’ fifth season at the theatre, and comes as the theatre announces two new schemes, including Matinee Idols, a social initiative for people aged over 60.
Atim has been an ambassador for the theatre since 2017, following her role in the award-winning Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic and Noel Coward Theatre, for which she won the best supporting actress in a musical award at the 2018 Olivier Awards .
“I’m very glad to be joining the Old Vic team. It’s been exciting to watch the organisation evolve and embark on a mission to increase its inclusivity and innovation, both on stage and off. Having already performed at the theatre, I’m now looking forward to contributing in a new way towards that same mission,” she said.
The Old Vic has also appointed Tina Alexandrou as trustee. Alexandrou previously worked in banking and finance, and currently holds a number of trustee roles across the charity and not-for-profit sector.
Additionally, the theatre has announced new schemes including Matinee Idols. Inspired by recent studies reporting growing numbers of older people feeling lonely or isolated, the free scheme offers over-60s the opportunity to attend matinees at a low cost and attend pre and post-show social events.
The second scheme, called OV Extra, will offer customers discounts and other benefits for a subscription fee of £5 a month.