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Beverley Knight, Izuka Hoyle and Carly Bawden cast in Sylvia at the Old Vic

Kate Prince’s new musical opens in September at the Old Vic

Izuka Hoyle, Beverley Knight and Carly Bawden
Izuka Hoyle, Beverley Knight and Carly Bawden
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Casting has been announced for new musical 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.

Beverley Knight will portray revolutionary figure Emmeline Pankhurst, with Genesis Lynea as Sylvia Pankhurst, Carly Bawden as Clementine Churchill and Annie Kenney and Izuka Hoyle as Emily Davison.

The company will also include Delroy Atkinson as Winston Churchill, Verity Blyth as Adela Pankhurst, John Dagleish as Keir Hardie, Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill and Edith Garrud, with Todd Holdsworth as H G Wells and Silvio Corio.

Jaye Marshall is dance captain, with Tachia Newall as Lloyd George, Maria Omakinwa as Ada, Karl Queensborough as Harry Pankhurst, Ross Sands as George Bernard Shaw and Richard Pankhurst, Witney White as Christabel Pankhurst and Elliotte Williams-N'Dure as Flora Drummond.

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.