A FORMER litigation solicitor has left the ruthless world of law for a chance to pursue a dream career in theatre.

Sarah Reilly, 41, is the new face of the Altrincham Garrick box office, the same theatre where she treads the boards as an amateur actress.

Happy-go-lucky Sarah said she is thrilled to have landed the job of box office manager.

She has been a Garrick member for several years and has played a couple of small parts in productions over the years, including roles in Annie.

But Sarah’s biggest break came when she played Marion in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, at the Garrick in May.

She said: “I heard about it on Facebook. I live just four minutes away and, because I have to take my children to school and back each day, there is some flexibility.

“I have been here four weeks now and already I feel at home. I am looking forward to mixing with the customers and getting to know the regulars.

“So far, the people are lovely and the coffee is great!”

She will be the first port of call for the three other ladies who work in the Box Office. She has received training from the previous manager and the deputy box office manager, Beverley Wells.

She will also be responsible for keeping ticket sales statistics for different companies including non-Garrick companies.

Before she had Tristan, 7 and Francesca 4, Sarah was a litigation solicitor for 15 years, working for firms in Liverpool and Manchester, as well as working from home.

But she said she has no regrets over her brave career change.

She said: “Not many people can say they work in a building that is also their hobby. I can’t wait to get stuck in,” she said.

Neville Roby, theatre manager, said: “I am extremely pleased to have her aboard our box office team as she is experienced in so many ways.

“Her knowledge of theatre and how it comes together played a large part in her appointment.”