★★★★ 'Maxine Peake’s affectionate sprint through her life presents Burton as true Yorkshire grit' The Independent
★★★★ 'Peake's compassionate homage reminds us (Beryl) was the greatest woman on two wheels' The Guardian
'Burton's story....brought to theatrically inventive and comically freewheeling life’ The Telegraph
‘A night of high speed fun’ Time Out
‘Inspiring’ Evening Standard
‘A two-wheeled chariot of fire…hugely enjoyable’ Theatrecat
The Greatest Woman on Two Wheels
Following huge critical and popular acclaim, Maxine Peake's stage writing debut comes to the Rose for its London Premiere in March.
Maxine Peake’s funny and heart-warming play celebrates the life of 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 by the thrill and freedom she found on her bike.
It was the beginning of a journey that would see Beryl push herself to the extreme, on the track and off, to achieve true sporting greatness. With the unyielding support of her husband and daughter, this tenacious Yorkshire woman overcame serious illness and defied social expectation to become one of Britain’s best cyclists of all time. She dominated the sport throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, becoming five-time world champion and best British allrounder for 25 consecutive years. Beryl was determined to make her mark on the world. And she did.
Beryl Burton MBE, OBE, wife and mother cycled her way into the record books becoming world record holder and former British record holder, and with a determination to be the best she always cycled home a hero.
Nominated for best new play in the Manchester Theatre Awards.
Signed performance Sat 12th Mar, 2.30pm