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Don't miss the final performances of the smash-hit musical starry Beverley Knight.
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About Sylvia

Discover how Sylvia Pankhurst revolutionised the suffragette movement in Sylvia at the Old Vic.

Although the hip-hop musical focuses on Sylvia Pankhurst, the queen of British soul Beverley Knight plays Sylvia’s mother Emmelline Pankhurst. Knight’s no stranger to originating roles in West End musicals — she recently played Faye Treadwell in The Drifters Girl and earned an Olivier Award nomination. Now, she’ll star in an equally-spirited musical, following women who use their voice to demand change.

It’s 1918. For the first time in history, women in Britain were able to vote. Over a century later, Sylvia sheds new light on the remarkable story of Sylvia Pankhurst and her courageous decisions in campaigning for women’s suffrage.

Sylvia Pankhurst advocated for women’s votes alongside her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel, but later fell out with her family over her dislike of increasing violence used by the Women’s Social and Political Union.

Beverley Knight won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Sylvia also picked up Olivier nominations for Best New Musical, and Best Choreographer (Kate Prince).

Discover how Sylvia Pankhurst changed the lives of working women and men around the world, set to a revelatory dance, hip hop, soul, and funk score.

Be part of the moment.

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

Access Performances

Captioned: Fri 3 Mar 7:30pm

Audio Described: Thu 9 Mar 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted: Wed 15 March 7.30pm

Relaxed performance: Sat 01 April 2.30pm

Run time

2 hours 30 mins (incl. interval)

Start date

27th January, 2023

End date

8th April, 2023



Old Vic


10+. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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119 Reviews

Jo 2875

Jo 2875

13 Reviews | 1 Followers
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like amazingly talented casts who can sing, dance and act.....the ladies have sensational voices and Beverley Knight is outstanding.

Don’t see it if You like the traditional retelling of historical events. This production is clever, and modern despite it being set in the early 1900s

Stephen Wandsworth

Stephen Wandsworth

28 Reviews | 1 Followers
Great singing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if excellent night out, powerful voices, great staging

Don’t see it if if you don't like musical based on history



19 Reviews | 3 Followers
Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you like the style of Hamilton and want a British version featuring suffragettes

Don’t see it if You don’t want to hear amazing vocals and a brilliant spin on an important part of recent British history



15 Reviews | 0 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love great singing, brilliant ensemble performance, and thought provoking storylines.

Don’t see it if You want something light and frothy.

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Stars on stage

Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight

Sylvia cast and creative team

By: Prince, Priya Parmar and ZooNation
Music: DJ Walde and Josh Cohen
Cast list: Beverley Knight, Sharon Rose, Kelly Agbowu, Verity Blyth, Kimmy Edwards, Alex Gaumond, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Stevie Hutchinson, Kate Ivory Jordan, Hannah Khemoh, Jaye Marshall, Razak Osman, Jay Perry, Kirstie Skivington, Ellena Vincent
Set: Ben Stones
Costume: Ben Stones
Lighting: Natasha Chivers
Sound: Tony Gayle


Old Vic

103 The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB


Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
Night bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
Car park: Waterloo Station (4mins)
Directions from tube: (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

More information about Sylvia

When Sylvia premiered at the Old Vic in 2018, the show marked 100 years of women’s suffrage. The musical also supported the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity initiative — a campaign that showcased London's role in gender equality.

At first, Sylvia was commissioned as a dance show. Five years later, Sylvia is now a fully-fledged musical. This contemporary retelling of Sylvia Pankhurst’s story delivers a modern twist on the story of the fight for women’s votes. Listen out for the a cappela chorus speaking words of female solidarity.

What to Watch For:

  • Kate Prince directs and choreographs Sylvia. The ZooNation founder’s West End credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Some Like it Hip Hop, and Into the Hoods. Into the Hoods broke boundaries as the first hip-hop show in the West End.
  • In the office of Old Vic’s former manager, Lilian Baylis, there was a neon sign that read “Dare, Always Dare.” It’s a rallying cry that echoes throughout Sylvia.


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