Sat 7 May 2022 - Sat 21 May 2022 (multiple performances)


An Oldham Coliseum Theatre production

  • Synopsis

    By Maxine Peake
    Directed by Chris Lawson
    Designed by Irene Jade
    Movement Direction by Jennifer Kay
    Lighting Design by Will Evans
    Projection Design by Grant Archer
    Sound Design by Eliyana Evans
    Assistant Director Rachel McMurray

    Beryl Burton: quite possibly the most successful woman you’ve never heard of.

    When actress Maxine Peake was given cyclist Beryl Burton’s autobiography as a gift she questioned why no one had ever written a play about Britain’s unsung sporting legend, and so she wrote it herself. The result is an inspirational tour de force fuelled by rhubarb, northern charm and fierce determination.

    As a child doctors told Beryl that she could never take part in strenuous activities due to a heart condition. When she met future husband Charlie, and he introduced her to the local cycling club, her life changed forever.

    Proving that she could do anything she put her mind to, Beryl went on to become the greatest woman on two wheels, dominating the sport in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s: five times world-pursuit champion, thirteen times national champion, twice road-racing world champion, twelve times national champion, British record holder, world record holder, MBE, OBE.

    Sometimes it’s the stories that are true that are the most unbelievable.

    “If Beryl Burton were French, Joan of Arc would have to take second place as the nation's most revered female icon” – The Guardian
  • Sat 7 May: 2:30pm

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    Sat 7 May: 7:30pm
    Saver Performance

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    Tue 10 May: 7:30pm
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    Wed 11 May: 2:30pm

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    Wed 11 May: 7:30pm
    Socially Distanced

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    Thu 12 May: 7:30pm

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    Fri 13 May: 7:30pm

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    Sat 14 May: 2:30pm

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    Sat 14 May: 7:30pm

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    Tue 17 May: 7:30pm
    Audio Described

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    Wed 18 May: 7:30pm

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    Thu 19 May: 7:30pm

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    Fri 20 May: 7:30pm

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    Sat 21 May: 2:30pm

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    Sat 21 May: 7:30pm

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  • "Beryl's earthy Yorkshire charm cycles into Oldham Coliseum - and takes the tape with a champion performance"

    Theatre Reviews North

    "Director Chris Lawson’s deft touches are delivered by four incredible multi-role actors"

    North West End

    "A flawless portrayal of everything that makes Beryl, to this day, a national icon."

    I Love Manchester

    "Lawson's production keeps the exhausting pace up and is able to flit comfortably between panto silliness and serious drama"

    British Theatre Guide

    "This is a play with the feel good factor, but which also shines the light on the darker moments of Beryl’s life...Full marks."

    Canal Street

    "A beautiful play, well written, magnificently acted and produced and was stunning to see"

    Reviewer Number 9

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