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    The extraordinary life of a star cyclist who defied Italy’s fascist regime is transformed into a brand new musical.

    An extraordinary true story of resistance

    Discover an extraordinary piece of European history in Joy Ride at Charing Cross Theatre this year. The remarkable legacy of Tour de France winner and anti-fascist agent Gino Bartali, transformed into a brand new musical, proves that truth is often more inspiring than fiction.

    Bartali’s cycling career may have made him one of Italy’s most beloved athletes, but it was also the perfect cover for an anti-fascist operation that went up against Mussolini’s harsh regime. With fake identity cards hidden in the frame of his bike, Bartali cycled thousands of miles and helped hundreds of Jewish refugees escape during World War Two.

    His colourful life and strong belief in protecting others no matter the cost is now shared in an incredible new musical from father-daughter duo Victoria and Todd Buchhol.

    Olivier Award winner Kelly Devine directs a cast including Josh St Clair (Wicked; Frozen) as Gino Bartali, Amy Di Bartolomeo (SIX) as Adriana Bani and Italian actor Fed Zanni as Major Mario Carita.

    Book Glory Ride tickets to enjoy the fully-staged premiere of this exciting new show.

    Sorry this show closed 29 July 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

    Performance dates:
    28 Jul 2023 - 29 Jul 2023
    Running time:
    2 hours including an interval.
    Charing Cross Theatre (See map)
    Age recommendation:
    Best for age 6+

    Best Seats

    SeatPlan Recommends: Sit in the middle rows G-K of the Stalls at this intimate venue to enjoy the best view. The size of the theatre means you can get a full overview of the action and see individual performances up close.

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    This is my second time seeing this wonderful show that’s based on a true story. It’s very humblin... More

    AndrewH306's avatar
    AndrewH306 Top 100 reviewer 30 Jul 2023

    This is a new musical telling the story of Gino Bartali which I think is told beautifully. A wond... More

    andream53's avatar
    andream53 13 Jul 2023

    This musical is based upon the true story of Gino Bartali, a high profile Italian cyclist who won... More

    AndrewH306's avatar
    AndrewH306 Top 100 reviewer 04 Jun 2023

    Based on a true story this is my 3rd Second World War show this year, it was a little more humbli... More

    carldarling's avatar
    carldarling 30 May 2023

    This was definitely a show with a big heart. I didn’t know what to expect, but was this true stor... More

    jackies20's avatar
    jackies20 05 May 2023

    Loved this show telling it's true story with a vocally very strong cast, quality score, compassio... More

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    SandieJ 20 Jun 2023
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