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Tour de Beryl


Maxine Peake’s witty, charming and critically acclaimed play celebrates the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton – the greatest woman on two wheels.

When Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton she was smitten, not only with Charlie but with the thrill and freedom she found on her bike. She would out-work the men in the rhubarb field, she could out-class the cyclists on the road and still find time to knit young Denise a cycling jumper – though it wasn’t meant to come down to her knees!

Beryl Burton MBE, OBE, wife and mother – five times World Pursuit Champion, thirteen times National Pursuit Champion and twice World Road-race Champion. She was one of the most astonishing sports people ever.

Starring Rebecca Ryan, Samantha Power, Lee Toomes and Matthew Ganley.

‘Burton’s story…brought to theatrically inventive and comically free-wheeling life’The Telegraph (4 stars)

‘Maxine Peake’s affectionate sprint through her life presents Burton as true Yorkshire grit’The Independent (4 stars)

‘Peake’s compassionate homage’The Guardian (4 stars)

‘Playful charm’The Observer (4 stars)

Director:  Rebecca Gatward
Associate Director:  David Crowley
Designer:  Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer:  David Holmes
Sound and Video Designer:  Mic Pool

Beryl was first presented at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2014, timed to coincide with the start of the Tour de France in Leeds. It was such a hit that we brought it back in June 2015 and were delighted to be awarded funds, from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to take Beryl on tour.  We’ll be visiting a number of theatres we have toured to before and some we have not.  In addition, in an exciting development for everyone at the Playhouse, we’re creating a technically simpler version of the production so we can also visit arts centres, village halls and community centres.


Wed 23 Sept
Lowther Pavilion, LYTHAM ST ANNES, Lancashire

Thur 24 Sept
Forum, NORTHALLERTON, North Yorkshire

Fri 25 Sept
Victoria Hall, SETTLE, North Yorkshire

Sat 26 Sept
St John’s Church, SHAROW, North Yorkshire
01765 450554

Thur 1 Oct
Century Theatre, COALVILLE, Leicestershire

Fri 2 Oct
Chilwell Arts Theatre, BEESTON, Nottinghamshire

Sat 3 Oct
Broadbent Theatre, WICKENBY, Lincolnshire

Sun 4 Oct
Assembly Rooms, BARTON-ON-HUMBER, North Lincolnshire
07717587850 or 01652 633951

Wed 7 Oct
The Witham Hall, BARNARD CASTLE, County Durham

Thur 8 Oct
The Old Fire Station, CARLISLE, Cumbria

Fri 9 Oct
Amble Parish Hall, AMBLE, Northumberland

Sat 10 Oct
Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall, BARDON MILL, Northumberland

Thursday 15 Oct
Talbot Theatre, WHITCHURCH, Shropshire

Fri 16 Oct
Tarvin Community Centre, TARVIN, Cheshire

Sat 17 Oct
Sparc Theatre, BISHOPS CASTLE, Shropshire

Sun 18 Oct
Conquest Theatre, BROMYARD, Shropshire

Wed 21 Oct – SOLD OUT
Longcroft School, BEVERLEY, East Riding of Yorkshire
01482 870751

Thur 22 Oct – SOLD OUT
Spotlight Theatre, BRIDLINGTON, East Yorkshire

Fri 23 Oct – SOLD OUT
Lund Village Hall, LUND, East Riding of Yorkshire
01377 217776

Sat 24 Oct – SOLD OUT
Swanland Village Hall, SWANLAND, East Riding of Yorkshire
01482 634863

Wed 28 – Sat 31 Oct   SOLD OUT
Stephen Joseph Theatre, SCARBOROUGH
01723 370541

Mon 2 – Wed 4 Nov
The Lowry, SALFORD
0843 208 6000

Thur 5 – Sat 7 Nov
New Wolsey Theatre, IPSWICH
01473 295900

Tue 10 & Wed 11 Nov
Lawrence Batley Theatre, HUDDERSFIELD
01484 430528

Thur 12 – Sat 14 Nov
Pomegranate Theatre, CHESTERFIELD
01246 345222

Mon 16 – Wed 18 Nov
Nottingham Playhouse, NOTTINGHAM
0115 941 9419

Thur 19 – Sat 21 Nov
01302 303 959

Tue 24 – Sat 28 Nov
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, BIRMINGHAM
0121 236 4455


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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors