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Sylvia at the Old Vic: first look and listen

We popped into rehearsals for this new musical about Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia at the Old Vic

Check out our video below from the rehearsal room of Sylvia, which opens at the Old Vic in September.

Sylvia is directed and choreographed by Kate Prince and combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk in a show revolving around the power of the Suffragette movement. It has book by Prince and Priya Parmar, with music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde.

The cast features Genesis Lynea as Sylvia Pankhurst alongside Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst, Carly Bawden as Clementine Churchill and Annie Kenney, John Dagleish as Keir Hardie and Izuka Hoyle as Emily Davison.

The company is completed by Delroy Atkinson, Verity Blyth, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Jaye Marshall, Tachia Newall, Maria Omakinwa, Karl Queensborough, Ross Sands, Witney White and Elliotte Williams-N'Dure.

It has design by Ben Stones, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Clement Rawling and casting by Jessica Ronane. The band leader is Josh McKenzie with vocal arrangement by Michael Henry.

The show marks 100 years since the first women were given the vote in the UK, and comes in the Old Vic's 200th birthday season.