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Return of Maxine Peake’s Critically-Acclaimed Play Beryl Plays at The Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Beryl, the stage writing debut of actor Maxine Peake, celebrates a Yorkshire woman’s cycle through life. It played to full houses and critical acclaim at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds last year and now tours to venues throughout the UK.


It plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough from Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 October.

Rebecca Gatward directs this play about the loves, trials and tribulations of the down-to-earth Yorkshire sporting heroine with Samantha Power in the title role of cycling champion Beryl Burton. The cast also features Rebecca Ryan, seen previously in Channel 4’s Shameless and Hull Truck’s production of A Taste of Honey, Lee Toomes (The Syndicate, Shameless) and Matthew Ganley (Emmerdale, Once – Phoenix Theatre).

Originally written for Radio 4 in 2012 and adapted for last year’s world premiere staging at the Playhouse, the play looks back at the extraordinary sporting achievements of the Leeds-born cyclist.

It was 1954 when Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton. In those days they cycled in clubs and once Beryl started she was smitten, not only with Charlie but by the thrill and freedom found on two wheels. Beryl was better than good, she was the best and determined to stay that way.

Five times world pursuit champion, 13 times national champion, twice road-racing world champion and 12 times nation champion, she was one of the most astonishing sports people ever to have lived whose down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to life and to success is an inspiration to us all.

Beryl’s daughter Denise Burton-Cole welcomes the revival of the play saying:

"We are thrilled as it’s an outstanding play and it’s great that more people will see it"

Maxine Peake has a career that spans stage, television and film, garnering critical acclaim in roles as diverse as Dinnerladies’ Twinkle and Silk’s Martha Costello QC. Winning the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for her performances in Criminal Justice and The Street, she was also nominated as Best Actress in the prestigious BAFTA awards for The Village and Hancock & Joan. She recently played Hamlet in a ‘radical re-imagining’ of Shakespeare’s play at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

Beryl is directed Rebecca Gatward whose TV credits include EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors and Sadie J for the BBC, and whose stage productions include The Trial of Dennis The Menace (Southbank Centre) and The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe). She also restaged This Is Our Youth with Matt Damon and Casey Affleck at the Garrick Theatre.

Beryl can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre at 7.45pm on Wednesday 28 October, 1.45pm and 7.15pm on Thursday 29 October, 7.45pm on Friday 30 October and at 4pm on Saturday 31 October. Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available online at www.sjt.uk.com and from the Box Office on 01723 370541.

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