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Maxine Peake's new play to get London premiere

Beryl will arrive in the capital in March

Maxine Peake
© Royal Exchange Theatre

Maxine Peake's play Beryl about the cyclist Beryl Burton will run at the Rose Theatre Kingston from March.

Burton was a Yorkshire cycling heroine, who dominated the world of cycling from the late 50s and 60s. She won the women's world road race championship in 1960 and 1967 and was world champion five times.

Peake originally wrote the play for radio in 2012 and it opened at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014 as the Tour de France raced through Yorkshire. The play was Peake's stage writing debut and the production will be directed by Rebecca Gatward with Samantha Power in the title role and Rebecca Ryan as her daughter Denise.

The daughter of Burton, Denise Burton-Cole said: "We are thrilled as it's an outstanding play and it's great that more people will see it".

The play just received a nomination for best new play at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

Beryl will open on 9 March and run until the 19 March.

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