Central to the historic movement in Britain during the first two decades of the 20th century was Sylvia Pankhurst: artist, socialist, and militant campaigner for the rights of women, including – but not solely – the right to vote. She is also the daughter of the better known and far more celebrated suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
Sylvia Pankhurst’s life and work is the subject of Sylvia, director and choreographer Kate Prince's hip-hop musical, which previously ran at the Old Vic as a work in progress in 2018.
Founder of the irrepressible ZooNation company, Prince counts among her hits Into the Hoods, which has had a couple of hugely successful West End runs as well as an outing at the Royal Opera House. In 2014 she made her debut there as the writer and director of ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, another unqualified success, which subsequently transferred to The Roundhouse.
The cast is mouth-watering, featuring world-famous soul singer Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis et al) as Emmeline Pankhurst and Sharon Rose (Hamilton, Caroline or Change, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) in the title role.
Sylvia is billed as a modern musical co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Directed and choreographed by Prince, it will, no doubt, enlighten a new generation about a crucial chapter in the fight for women's equality.
|What||Sylvia, Old Vic Theatre|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
27 Jan 23 – 01 Apr 23, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £67.50|
|Website||Click here to book|