Singer-actress Beverly Knight will play frontman Emmeline Pankhurst in the highly-anticipated musical Sylvia at The Old Vic theater.
After her first appearance as a show underway at the famous London venue 2018, Sylvia will return with a limited run from January 27 to April 1, 2023.
The funk, soul and hip-hop musical tells the story of Pankhurst and his daughter Sylvia played by Sharon Rose.
It was originally commissioned to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 and the end of World War I, and was produced by ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.
Writer Prince, who is also the show’s director and choreographer, said she was “extremely grateful” to announce the return of the series, four years after its premiere.
“I am especially grateful for this second chance and to be able to accomplish what has been the most extraordinary creative challenge of my life,” she said.
“I am on the moon that Beverley Knight will return as Emmeline Pankhurst and Sharon Rose will join the cast as her daughter Sylvia.
“The musicians, performers, and creators that work together on Sylvia are all phenomenal.
“They inspire me every day. I’m really excited to finally share this work and Sylvia’s amazing, inspiring story. “
Knight added: “I am delighted to be reprising the role of Emmeline Pankhurst in the absolutely brilliant Sylvia.
“The workshop version in 2018 has shown the path to what I believe will be the game changer of the British music scene, both in the way the story is told through music and movement as well as in the recording. attract a different demographic to experience the joys of theater.”
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The singer and musical theater star released her first album, The B-Funk, in 1995, which was heavily influenced by American soul icons such as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin.
Knight has released a total of eight studio albums and is considered one of Britain’s greatest soul singers, best known for the hit singles Greatest Day, Get Up !, and Shoulda Woulda Coulda.
She was awarded the MBE for services to British music and charity in 2006, and has won three MOBO awards.
Originally from Wolverhampton, Knight recently performed at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Joining her in the Sylvia cast also includes Kelly Agbowu, Mrs Drummond/Mrs Savoy, Verity Blyth as Clementine Churchill / Mrs Scurr, Kimmy Edwards as Emily Davison / Lillie Hardie / Mrs Watkins, and Alex Gaumond as Keir Hardie , with others.
Matthew Warchus, artistic director of The Old Vic, said: “Finally, we are delighted to offer the complete version of this hugely uplifting performance, which appeared at The Old Vic for the first time. in an ingot factory four years ago.
“Even then, this motivating, fun and emotional show is still a huge hit with audiences and I hope you don’t miss out on the much-anticipated finished article.”
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