Beryl cycling to the Rose Theatre Kingston

London theatre news: Tuesday 23 February 2016

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Maxine Peake's stage writing debut comes to the Rose for its London Premiere, starting on 8 March 2016 - it celebrates the life of sporting legend Beryl Burton - the greatest woman on two wheels.

Following huge critical and popular acclaim, Maxine Peake's stage writing debut will soon arrive at the Rose for its London Premiere.

A West Yorkshire Playhouse production in association with Rose Theatre Kingston, the show was nominated for best new play in the Manchester Theatre Awards.

What it's about ...

When Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton she was smitten, not only with Charlie but by the thrill and freedom she found on her bike.

It was the beginning of a journey that would see Beryl push herself to the extreme, on the track and off, to achieve true sporting greatness.

With the unyielding support of her husband and daughter, this tenacious Yorkshire woman overcame serious illness and defied social expectation to become one of Britain’s best cyclists of all time.

She dominated the sport throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, becoming five-time world champion and best British allrounder for 25 consecutive years.

Beryl was determined to make her mark on the world.

And she did.

Beryl Burton MBE, OBE, wife and mother cycled her way into the record books becoming world record holder and former British record holder, and with a determination to be the best she always cycled home a hero.


Samantha Power - Sue (Beryl & others)

Rebecca Ryan - Jo (Young Beryl & others)

Dominic Gately - Nim

Lee Toomes - Charlie


Writer: Maxine Peake

Director: Rebecca Gatward

Designer: Naomi Dawson

Lighting: David Holmes

Sound: Mic Poole

Casting director: Kay Magson

Rose Theatre, Kingston, photographed from the street in front of the building.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015


Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street




Tuesday 8 March to Saturday 19 March 2016


£26.50, £23, £22, £19, £18, £15, £8


Signed performance: Saturday 12 March, 2-30pm


RoseTheatre Kingston

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