Casting has been announced for Katie Prince’s upcoming production of Sylvia at The Old Vic which celebrates the centenary of the Suffragette movement. Beverley Knight will play Emmeline Pankhurst in the musical alongside John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon) who will play campaigner Keir Hardie, Carly Bawden (Romantics Anonymous) who plays Adela Pankhurt and Delroy Atkinson who plays Winston Churchill.
Votes for Women and a fractured family at a momentous hour in British history.
100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.
Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.
Sylvia is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
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It’s been announced that Maxine Peake will curate a series of monologues commemorating the 100th anniversary of the legislation giving women the vote in Britain. Titled One Hand Tied Behind Us, the event will mark 100 years of the 1918 Representation of the People Act with six new monologues written in response to the anniversary, and they will be presented in a one-off performance at The Old Vic on Sunday 11th March. Peake is amongst the writers, with more to be announced as well as casting for the event.