Hear Sylvia Pankhurst and the suffragettes roar in Sylvia at the Old Vic.
The Pankhursts changed the lives of working women around the world. You’re probably familiar with Emmeline Pankhurst forming the Women’s Social and Political Union. But what did Sylvia, Emmeline’s daughter do?
Throughout the Sylvia musical, you’ll discover how this forward-thinking activist and rebel not only strode in her mother’s footsteps, but made her own mark on British politics and continued the fight for the right to vote.
Sylvia was originally commissioned as a short work in 2018 to mark a centenary of women's suffrage. Now, after five years of development, the groundbreaking musical returns to the Old Vic. Listen to DJ Walde and Josh Cohen's contemporary score, bursting with hip-hop, reggae, and soulful rhythms. Plus, ZooNation's Kate Prince directs and choreographs Sylvia with a commercial flair. Sylvia is a musical moment to remember.
Beverley Knight won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Sylvia also picked up Olivier nominations for Best New Musical, and Best Choreographer (Kate Prince).
Who is Beverley Knight?
Beverley Knight is an award-winning gospel and soul singer. She is best known for her chart-topping songs such as “Shoulda Woulda Coulda” and “Keep This Fire Burning.” In recent years, Knight’s starred in West End musicals including The Drifters Girl and Memphis. Knight will play Emmeline Pankhurst in Sylvia at the Old Vic.
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Beverley Knight will not perform on: Mon 27–Tue 28 Feb, Mon 6–Tue 7 Mar, Mon 13–Tue 14 Mar, All performances from Mon 20–Tue 28 Mar
Audio Described: Thu 9 Mar 7.30pm
Captioned: Fri 3 Mar 7:30pm
Cast and creative
By: Prince, Priya Parmar and ZooNation
Music: DJ Walde and Josh Cohen
Cast list: Beverley Knight, Sharon Rose, Kelly Agbowu, Verity Blyth, Kimmy Edwards, Alex Gaumond, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Stevie Hutchinson, Kate Ivory Jordan, Hannah Khemoh, Jaye Marshall, Razak Osman, Jay Perry, Kirstie Skivington, Ellena Vincent
Set: Ben Stones
Costume: Ben Stones
Lighting: Natasha Chivers
Sound: Tony Gayle