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Beverley Knight cast in Sylvia at the Old Vic Theatre

Tuesday, 29th May 2018  

Sylvia - Old Vic Theatre

Last year it was first revealed that the Old Vic Theatre would be the home of a celebratory production, which marks 100 years since the UK Parliament granted women the right to vote.

That production, titled Sylvia, heads to the Lambeth venue in September and now we know the names of those set to portray its lead roles, working under the direction of Kate Prince.

Beverley Knight is amongst those cast members as she has been recruited to portray Emmeline Pankhurst, making it the latest occasion in which the acclaimed performer has been seen on a London stage in recent years.

The show looks at the Pankhurst family as a whole, the most famous of whom was of course Sylvia Pankhurst, with this production celebrating her life and achievements through dance and music. She was, of course, a major player in the suffragette movement and Sylvia provides valuable insights for theatregoers, who will see her relationship and campaigning come to life onstage, promising to be a stand-out celebration of a milestone in the women’s rights movement.

Beverley Knight plays her mother Emmeline, who was also a prominent figure in the movement. Knight, of course, is no stranger to the capital’s stages, having appeared in a range of shows around the West End, with credits like The Bodyguard at the Dominion Theatre, Cats at the London Palladium and Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Audiences will also be familiar with her music career, which has included albums like 2016’s Soulsville, 2011’s Soul UK and 2009’s 100%, with her debut album The B-Funk released in 1995.

She is not the only cast member confirmed for Sylvia, however, with John Dagleish, Carly Bawden and Delroy Atkinson announced to play Keir Hardie, Adela Pankhurt and Winston Churchill, respectively. Verity Blyth, Maria Omakinwa and Ross Sands are also amongst the cast members set to join the production.

The Old Vic Theatre is currently the home of Joe Penhall’s Mood Music, which looks at the dark side of the music industry, and that continues until mid-June. The venue is then the home of Sea Wall and A Monster Calls during the summer.

Sylvia then opens its doors at the Lambeth venue on Monday 3rd September 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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