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About Sylvia

Votes for Women and a fractured family at a momentous hour in British history.

Sylvia stars Beverley Knight, is written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. 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.

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It’s 1918. For the first time in history, women in Britain were able to vote. One hundred years later, this modern musical sheds a new light on the remarkable story of Sylvia Pankhurst and the critical role she played in campaigning for women’s suffrage. Sylvia advocated for women’s votes with 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. Set during a momentous time in British history, this new musical combines dance, hip hop, soul, and funk to tell an important story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.

Directed and choreographer by Kate Prince, the world premiere of this new musical stars Beverley Knight, Genesis Lynea, and Carly Bawden. Playing at The Old Vic as part of a new season celebrating the theatre’s 200th anniversary, this contemporary retelling of Sylvia’s story gives a modern twist on the story of the fight for women’s votes.

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What To Watch For

  • The show was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. It also supports the Mayor’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage.
  • Director and choreographer Kate Prince is the founder of the acclaimed hip-hop company, ZooNation. Sylvia is ZooNation’s third original musical after “Some Like it Hip Hop” and “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.”
  • Former manager of The Old Vic, Lilian Baylis (who founded the companies that went on to become English National Opera and The Royal Ballet), used to keep a sign above her desk with the rallying cry “Dare, Always Dare.” Look out for the neon sign in the foyer of the theatre.

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Run Time

3hrs inc. interval

Start Date

End Date


Recommended for 10+

Old Vic

The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

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