Sylvia at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Sylvia at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

Acclaimed British choreographer Kate Prince teams up with author Priya Parmar to present the world premiere of their brand new musical Sylvia at the Old Vic Theatre. Playing a strictly limited season at the London venue, the musical is the latest in a series of new works to be presented at the theatre, including stage adaptations of Fanny & Alexander and A Monster Calls, and Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music.

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 10+. No under 10's.

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 01 Sep 2018
Press night: 06 Sep 2018
Booking from: 21 Sep 2018
Booking until: 22 Sep 2018

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for Sylvia, please check out our interactive Old Vic Theatre seating plan with 1553 seat reviews and 3 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

27 Reviews Add review

doritxuuu 158cm, 223 reviews, 6 helpful votes

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes

isabelleind 5"6, 101 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was my second time of seeing this production as I never got to see the show in its entirety first time around. I have to say... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

My favourite show of the year. Moving, fantastic music, talented cast. I can't wait for them to announce its return!

rochellebalboa 5"9, 130 reviews, 25 helpful votes

Even though I didn't get to see the finished version of this show (as the main actress had been taken ill so we had to see two actresses... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Fantastic show with amazing actors and a great message. Sadly it's over now but if it ever comes back it's definitely worth recommending! More

Martin02 177cm, 94 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Good true story line about the suffragette movement, acting and singing both very good with a modern twist of hip hop/soul singing.... More

Queenie 5'2, 78 reviews, 41 helpful votes

This was the first preview and a lot had to be changed as there were two new cast members that only joined a matter of days ago due... More

albuspotter 5"11, 260 reviews, 15 helpful votes