Sylvia is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with additional support from the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
Taking place almost 100 years after women fought and won their right to vote in Britain, Sylvia is the electrifying new musical that sheds light on one of the Suffragette movement’s leading campaigners. Documenting Sylvia Pankhurst’s pivotal role in the battle, the production explores how her passions and politics eventually tore her family apart.
Theatre legend Beverley Knight stars as Emmeline Pankhurst, alongside Genesis Lynea as Sylvia Pankhurst and Carly Bawden as Clementine Churchill, with Annie Kenney and Izuka Hoyle as Emily Davison. Further casting includes Delroy Atkinson as Winston Churchill, Verity Blyth as Adela Pankhurst, John Dagleish as Keir Hardie, Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill/Edith Garrud, with Todd Holdsworth as HG Wells/Silvio Corio.
Additional cast members are Jaye Marshall, with Tachia Newall as Lloyd George, Maria Omakinwa as Ada, Karl Queensborough as Harry Pankhurst, Ross Sands as George Bernard Shaw/Richard Pankhurst, Witney White as Christabel Pankhurst and Elliotte Williams-N'Dure as Flora Drummond.
Co-created by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, the musical combines an important historical event with the vibrancy of dance, hip hop, funk and soul, to produce a modern piece suitable for every age. Prince is the artistic director of popular dance company ZooNation (Into the Hoods), with further credits including choreographing musical Shoes and the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Priya Parmar is an award-winning author, known for her novels including Vanessa and Her Sister and Exit the Actress. Sylvia also features original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. The production features design by Ben Stones, lighting design by Natasha Chivers and sound design by Clement Rawling.
Playing a strictly limited season at the Old Vic Theatre, Sylvia runs from 1 September to 22 September 2018, with a press night on 6 September 2018.
Running time: TBC
Age recommendation: Recommended 10+. No under 10's.
Special notice: Those who love new musicals such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will thoroughly enjoy the modern verve of this project. History fans will also be thrilled to see such an important woman’s story brought to the stage.