Beryl on her bike to Bolton

Published: 28 July 2019
Reporter: David Upton


Beryl tells the inspiring story of unsung sporting hero Beryl Burton, a British cyclist who dominated cycle racing in the 1950s-60s winning numerous national titles, becoming world champion seven times and breaking multiple world records.

The play, by award-winning actor and writer Maxine Peake and first commissioned in 2014 for the start of the Tour de France in Leeds, received critical acclaim and sell-out success.

In September, it will be brought back to life in Bolton Library Theatre as the Octagon’s town centre venue continues its major redevelopment.

Maxine Peake has had a relationship with the Octagon from being a former Youth Theatre member to making her professional stage debut in Early One Morning in 1998.

A cast of four will bring to life this true story including Vicky Binns who will be making a return to an Octagon stage along with three actors who will be making their Octagon debut: Matthew Heywood, Chris Jack and Flora Spencer-Longhurst.

Kimberley Sykes, a regular director for the RSC, returns to Bolton after beginning her career as assistant director ten years ago.

Beryl will be cycling along from September 19 to October 19.