Sylvia - The Old Vic

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The Old Vic, London

Hit musical Sylvia returns to the Old Vic theatre in London starring Beverley Knight

Over 100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Zoonation’s Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.

Beverley Knight (The Drifters Girl, Sister Act) stars as Emmeline Pankhurst in the show, with Sharon Rose (Hamilton, Motown the Musical) as her daughter Sylvia, the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement.

Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a thrilling new musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

Sylvia runs from 27 January until 1 April 2023 at the Old Vic Theatre, London.

Sylvia - The Old Vic
Sylvia – The Old Vic. Photo by Chantel King

What is the story of Sylvia?

Sylvia tells the story of the suffrage movement at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, specifically through the story of the Pankhurst family, including Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Adela, Christabel and Sylvia.

Who is in the cast of Sylvia?

Sylvia stars Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst and Sharon Rose as her daughter Sylvia Pankhurst.

The full cast of the show includes Bradley Charles as Lord Cromer/Richard Pankhurst/Alan, Kandaka Moore as Mrs Parsons/Sophia Singh, Kelly Agbowu as Mrs Flora ‘The General’ Drummond/Mrs Savoy, Verity Blyth as Clementine Churchill/Mrs Scurr, Kimmy Edwards as Emily Davison/Lillie Hardie/Mrs Watkins, Alex Gaumond as Keir Hardie, Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill/Mrs Payne/Edith Garrud, Sweeney Holdsworth as Silvio Corio, Stevie Hutchinson as Lloyd George/Lord Curzon, Kate Ivory Jordan as Annie Kenney/Norah Smyth, Hannah Khemoh as Understudy Emmeline Pankhurst, Jaye Marshall as Ensemble, Razak Osman as Harry Pankhurst/Sir Almroth Wright/Asquith/King George V, Jay Perry as Winston Churchill/George Lansbury, Sharon Rose as Sylvia Pankhurst, Kirstie Skivington as Adela Pankhurst/Mrs Bird and Ellena Vincent as Christabel Pankhurst. Ensemble players include Sinead Long, Antoine Murray-Straughan and Malachi Welch.

Who are the creators of Sylvia?

Sylvia has a book by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, and lyrics by Kate Prince.

The show is directed and choreographed by Kate Prince.

Joining Kate Prince in the creative team are: Set & Costumes by Ben Stones, Lighting by Natasha Chivers, Sound by Tony Gayle, Video & Animation by Andrzej Goulding, Wigs, Hair & Make-up by Cynthia de la Rosa, Co-Music Supervisors are Mark Dickman & Leonn Meade, Casting by Stuart Burt CDG & Oliver Scullion, Dramaturg is Lolita Chakrabarti, Additional Music by Kate Prince, Additional Lyrics by Tachia Newall, Music Production by Josh Cohen & DJ Walde, Musical Director is Sean Green, Voice Coach is Charlie Hughes D’Aeth, Associate Director is Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe, Associate Choreographer is Jade Hackett, Resident Director & Choreographer is Chris Alozie, Costume Supervisor is Tash Prynne, Props Supervisor is Fahmida Bakht, Digital Music Programmer is Lucy Baker-Swinburn for Switch Audio, Musicians’ Contractor is Oli Briant and Creative Consultant is Beverley Knight.


Show Information

Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
27 January 2023 - 1 April 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Cast Highlights


Important Notes

Beverley Knight will not perform on: Mon 27–Tue 28 Feb, Mon 6–Tue 7 Mar, Mon 13–Tue 14 Mar, and all performances from Mon 20–Tue 28 Mar


Venue Information

The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
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Ticket Information

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First Look: Beverley Knight & Sharon Rose in Sylvia at the Old Vic; full cast and creative team announced
The Old Vic has released a first-look photo of Beverley Knight and Sharon Rose in new musical Sylvia. Sylvia will play at the Old Vic from 27 January to 1 April 2023. Beverley Knight (The Drifters Girl, Sister Act) plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the show, with Sharon Rose (Hamilton, Motown the Musical) as her daughter Sylvia, the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement. This revolutionary story celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel – who changed the lives of working women and men across the world. Directed and choreographed by Kate Prince, the show unites dance, hip hop, funk and soul to shine a light on a remarkable moment in history, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. The show's book is by Kate Prince with Priya Parmar and lyrics are by Kate Prince. The Old Vic has also revealed the full cast of the show, which will include Bradley Charles as Lord Cromer/Richard Pankhurst/Alan, Kandaka Moore as Mrs Parsons/Sophia Singh, Kelly Agbowu as Mrs Flora ‘The General’ Drummond/Mrs Savoy, Verity Blyth as Clementine Churchill/Mrs Scurr, Kimmy Edwards as Emily Davison/Lillie Hardie/Mrs Watkins, Alex Gaumond as Keir Hardie, Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill/Mrs Payne/Edith Garrud, Sweeney Holdsworth as Silvio Corio, Stevie Hutchinson as Lloyd George/Lord Curzon, Kate Ivory Jordan as Annie Kenney/Norah Smyth, Hannah Khemoh as Understudy Emmeline Pankhurst, Jaye Marshall as Ensemble, Razak Osman as Harry Pankhurst/Sir Almroth Wright/Asquith/King George V, Jay Perry as Winston Churchill/George Lansbury, Sharon Rose as Sylvia Pankhurst, Kirstie Skivington as Adela Pankhurst/Mrs Bird and Ellena Vincent as Christabel Pankhurst. Ensemble players include Sinead Long, Antoine Murray-Straughan and Malachi Welch. Joining Kate Prince in the creative team are: Set & Costumes by Ben Stones, Lighting by Natasha Chivers, Sound by Tony Gayle, Video & Animation by Andrzej Goulding, Wigs, Hair & Make-up by Cynthia de la Rosa, Co-Music Supervisors are Mark Dickman & Leonn Meade, Casting by Stuart Burt CDG & Oliver Scullion, Dramaturg is Lolita Chakrabarti, Additional Music by Kate Prince, Additional Lyrics by Tachia Newall, Music Production by Josh Cohen & DJ Walde, Musical Director is Sean Green, Voice Coach is Charlie Hughes D’Aeth, Associate Director is Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe, Associate Choreographer is Jade Hackett, Resident Director & Choreographer is Chris Alozie, Costume Supervisor is Tash Prynne, Props Supervisor is Fahmida Bakht, Digital Music Programmer is Lucy Baker-Swinburn for Switch Audio, Musicians’ Contractor is Oli Briant and Creative Consultant is Beverley Knight. Sylvia will play at the Old Vic from 27 January to 1 April 2023. Book tickets to Sylvia at the Old Vic theatre in London Sharon Rose (left) and Beverley Knight (right) in Sylvia at the The Old Vic. Photo by Chantel King
Sylvia at the Old Vic, 2018 production. Photo by Manuel Harlan ">
Sylvia to premiere at The Old Vic starring Beverley Knight
Beverley Knight will star in the delayed world premiere of Sylvia at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Co-written by Zoonation's Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart. Sylvia will begin performances on 27 January 2023, running to 1 April with a press night on 14 February. The show was originally scheduled to premiere in 2018 but delayed its opening before cancelling press night following a series of issues, including cast illness. Knight appeared in the 2018 production and will reprise the role of Emmeline Pankhurst. Beverley most recently appeared in Sister Act and The Drifters Girl. Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus said: "At long last, we are delighted to deliver the completed version of this hugely uplifting show, which first appeared at the Old Vic in an embryonic workshop version four years ago. Even then, this thrillingly kinetic, fun and emotional show was a giant hit with audiences and I’d urge you not to miss the much-anticipated finished article." Kate Prince said: "As ZooNation celebrates our 20th anniversary this month, I’m incredibly grateful to be able to announce, together with the Old Vic, the premiere of our musical Sylvia, celebrating the story of Sylvia Pankhurst and the Suffragette movement – five years after I first started writing it, and four years after it was first shared with audiences as a ‘work in progress’." Kate said she was "particularly grateful" for this second chance and to be able to finish what she described as the "most extraordinary creative challenge" of her life. "I’m over the moon that Beverley Knight is returning to the role of Emmeline Pankhurst and that Sharon Rose will be joining the cast as her daughter Sylvia. The musicians, performers and creatives collaborating together on Sylvia are all extraordinary. They inspire me every day. I’m truly excited to finally share this work and Sylvia’s wonderful, inspiring story," she said. The cast of Sylvia includes Kelly Agbowu, Verity Blyth, Kimmy Edwards, Alex Gaumond, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Stevie Hutchinson and Kate Ivory Jordan. Directed and choreographed by Kate Prince, the piece has set and costume by Ben Stones, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tony Gayle, video & animation by Andrzej Goulding, and wigs, hair & make-up by Cynthia de la Rosa. Book Sylvia tickets at the Old Vic theatre in London
Sylvia at the Old Vic, 2018 production. Photo by Manuel Harlan ">
Stage Spy: Is musical Sylvia heading back to the Old Vic?
Rumours have hit the West End that the 2018 musical Sylvia, driven by Zoonation's Kate Prince, is heading back to the Old Vic. The Old Vic teased on Twitter today, 30 September 2022, that there would be a show announcement on 6 October. The music they played was from the musical Sylvia, which ran at the Old Vic in 2018 starring Beverley Knight as women's suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. https://twitter.com/oldvictheatre/status/1575772438314598400 Co-written by Zoonation's Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart. Beverley Knight was in the original 2018 production at the Old Vic, starring as Emmeline Pankhurst. The show was originally co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Kate Prince directed the show in 2018, and alongside Beverley Knight the cast also included Genesis Lynea as Sylvia Pankhurst, Verity Blyth as Adela Pankhurst, Witney White as Christabel Pankhurst, Karl Queensborough as Harry Pankhurst, Delroy Atkinson as Winston Churchill, Carly Bawden as Clementine Churchill & Annie Kenney, John Dagleish as Keir Hardie, Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill & Edith Garrud, Todd Holdsworth as H. G. Wells & Silvio Corio, Izuka Hoyle as Emily Davison, Tachia Newall as Lloyd George & Lord Cromer, Maria Omakinwa as Ada, Ross Sands as George Bernard Shaw & Richard Pankhurst, Elliotte Williams N’Dure as Flora ‘The General’ Drummond, and Jaye Marshall as Dance Captain. There's no news yet on dates, cast or creative team - we'll have to wait until 6 October! The big news will be whether Beverley Knight, who recently finished up at The Drifters Girl and Sister Act, is ready for some more Pankhurst action.... Book Sylvia tickets at the Old Vic theatre in London

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