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.
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.
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 forThose 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 for ages 10+