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Witness the inspiring story of Beryl Burton, an English racing cyclist who is widely considered to be the greatest woman to ride on two wheels. Written by award-winning actor Maxine Peake, Beryl won critical acclaim during its premiere in 2014, and is all set to astound audiences at London’s West End during the 2019 season.

Why Watch Beryl

Beryl is the story of the rise of Beryl Burton and her struggle to reach the epitome of cycling in the world. Written by renowned actress Maxine Peake, it was originally broadcast as a play on the radio with Peake taking on the role of Burton. Peake is a prolific television, stage and film actress, whose credits include Black Mirror, Silk, The Devil’s Whore, Holby City, and Criminal Justice. A recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theater, Peake is a distinguished personality in the UK theater community.

Peake’s portrayal of the selflessness of the amateur cycling community is exceptional! The original radio play went on to be adapted for the stage and premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014. Following widespread acclaim, the show returned the following year and is all set to make its way to the Arcola Theater. Do not miss the story of a woman who defied the odds and believed in herself at all times!

The Story

Beryl Burton was diagnosed with a heart disorder at the age of 11. Doctors told her that she would have to lead a very cautious life and to avoid strenuous activity at all times. Beryl, however, was not someone who would be disheartened by mere words. She was determined to prove everyone (from her doctors to her teachers) wrong, and this was her driving force to greatness. She was introduced to cycling by her husband in 1955. Although she took a while to get used to riding on her own, Beryl soon picked up with relative ease. In just 2 years, she went on to take the silver medal in a national level event and was competing internationally by 1959.

Beryl went on to win an astonishing seven world championships and more than 90 domestic titles, while setting numerous national records. Follow Beryl’s rise from “the Yorkshire housewife” to become one of the fastest women on two wheels!

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Lovers of Biographical Stories | Fans of Beryl Burton

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

The show will run from 16th October 2019 to 16th November 2019.
There will be an additional matinee held at 3 PM on Saturdays.
Please note that there will be no performance on the 23rd of October.
There will be a relaxed performance on the 6th of November at 3 PM.

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 8 PM

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Playwright by
Maxine Peake

Playwright by
Marieke Audsley

Additional Info


Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

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Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Arcola Theatre has a seating capacity of 197.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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My Tickets

Your booking confirmation will be sent via email. Please display the ticket on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the Box Office of the theatre.

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