A warm and witty celebration of the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton
A New Vic Theatre production
By Maxine Peake
Directed by Gemma Fairlie
Offers: Group 5+, SJT+, Under 26s
Price: £10 - £24.50
Maxine Peake’s critically acclaimed first play - a warm and witty celebration of the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton. A working class mum from Leeds, she cycled her way into the record books, becoming the greatest ever woman on two wheels. But her remarkable story was, largely, forgotten – until now!
Nobody expects young Beryl Charnock to amount to much. She never makes it to grammar school and, after a serious illness, is told to avoid exercise. Then she meets keen young cyclist, Charlie Burton, and finds herself smitten – not only with Charlie, but with the thrill and freedom she finds on her bike.
With husband and daughter at her side, the determined Beryl defies the world, embarking on a journey that leads to true sporting greatness. She dominates cycling throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, becoming five-time world champion and best British all-rounder for 25 consecutive years. And still makes it home in time for dinner!
This is a new production created especially for the round. If you missed out on the sell-out endstage production we had in 2015 (or just want to see a new take on Maxine Peake’s acclaimed script), come and see this!
“A funny, feel good story”
“Up there with the best New Vic shows of the past few years”
“Excellent… A most fitting tribute”
Staffordshire What’s On
“A perfectly funny homage… a charming celebration of a truly incredible cyclist and a remarkable woman”
At The Theatre
“Incredible, emotional and hilarious”
6 Towns Radio
Post-show Q&A: Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm
Stay behind after the show to hear from the cast/creative team and ask your questions.
To see more photos from the show click here.
"A fantastic evening tonight! The cast deserved that standing ovation! A great play and great acting brought Beryl's story to life. It gave her the recognition she craved for and deserved."
"Well done guys! You were stunning tonight. First time I have cried in a theatre. Thank you."
"I strongly advise any one who can, to go and see this fantastic play, as true story, about an amazing lady. BERYL is a must see."
"Went to see Beryl last night. What a fantastic show. Told a great story about our greatest ever cyclist. Cast were so funny. Brilliant."
"Brilliant show. Terrific writing and excellently performed by the cast."
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