New Beryl play Stephen Joseph Theatre

Beryl is on at the Stephen Joseph Theatre later this month
Beryl is on at the Stephen Joseph Theatre later this month

The New Vic Theatre brings its new production of Maxine Peake’s critically acclaimed first play Beryl to the region later this month.

A warm and witty celebration of the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton, Beryl tells the story of the working class mum from Leeds who cycled her way into the record books.

Nobody expects young Beryl Charnock to amount to much. She doesn’t make 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 new production from the New Vic is directed by Gemma Fairlie and stars Hannah Edwards (Kiss Me Quickstep); Robin Simpson (Chamaco, Home Theatre); Lucy Tuck (Cinderella, A Fairytale, Tobacco Factory Theatre) and Rob Witcomb (The 39 Steps, UK tour).

It can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarboroughm at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 21, Wednesday March 22 and Friday March 24 March; at 1.30pm and 7pm on Thursday March 23 ; and at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday March 25.