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Sylvia to return to London according to Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus

The musical has had a turbulent time in its first outing but looks set to come back

Sylvia at the Old Vic

The Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus has said that the Old Vic are in "early planning stages" for bringing a full production of Sylvia back.

Kate Prince's new musical, which is currently running at the Old Vic, is based on the lives of the Pankhurst family and premieres as part of the venue's 200th anniversary season. It stars Beverley Knight and Genesis Lynea as Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst respectively.

Talking before the production's cancelled press performance on Monday , Warchus said "there are plans to bring it back very soon" and he added that a new version will feature a trimmed first act.

The show was instead staged on Monday and Tuesday this week as a concert version featuring small amounts of choreography.

Sylvia has had a turbulent time in its current run at the Old Vic, with cast illnesses causing cancelled performances and delayed press nights, and the production was later recategorised as a "work-in-progress" rather than a fully fledged show. Ticket holders were also offered a partial refund.

In spite of these woes, the musical, which closes on Saturday, has received a number of positive reviews, with Michael Billington saying in his four-star write-up for the Guardian that "with some judicious cuts and more attention to the lyrics, the show could be a palpable hit."

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