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“"Maxine Peake's freewheeling tribute to a cycling legend" The Guardian”


Friday 3 March–Saturday 18 March 2017

New Vic Theatre

By Maxine Peake, Directed by Gemma Fairlie

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!

Friday 3 March–Saturday 18 March 2017

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Image by Andrew Billington


“ A funny, feel good story…”

Andrew Lees, The Sentinel
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“Excellent - a most fitting tribute…”

Chris Eldon Lee, Staffordshire What's On


Curtain Call, 6 Towns Radio
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“A gem of a production…”

Carol Lovatt, Reviews Hub

“An inspiring story…”

John Hargreaves, Express & Star

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