Play about Beryl Burton’s life to open at Kingston’s Rose Theatre

Beryl, a play written by BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake, will run at the Rose Theatre in Kingston between March 8-19

Kingston’s Rose Theatre will host the London premiere of Beryl, a play about the life of British cycling icon Beryl Burton, in March.

The play, written by BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake, star of the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything, tells the story of the prolific cyclist, who was twice world road race champion.

>> Save up to 31% with a magazine subscription. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<

Burton also won the British National Championships 13 times and claimed five pursuit gold medals in the World Track Championships between 1959 and 1966.

The play debuted on BBC Radio 4 in 2012, with Peake playing the leading role, and transfers onto the stage between March 8-19.

For the stage production, Samantha Power plays the part of Beryl and Shameless actress Rebecca Ryan takes the role of her daughter Denise.

Denise was also a top-level cyclist, claiming bronze in 1975 World Championships individual pursuit, while the pair rode together at the 1972 Worlds.

Tickets for the play start from £8 and can be bought at the Rose Theatre website or by calling 020 8174 0090.