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A West Yorkshire Playhouse Production

Beryl - The Greatest Woman On Two Wheels

By Maxine Peake

Mon 2 November - Wed 4 November

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Maxine Peake’s witty, charming and critically acclaimed play celebrates the life of sporting legend Beryl Burton – the greatest woman on two wheels.

When Beryl Charnock, met keen cyclist Charlie Burton she was smitten, not only with Charlie but by the thrill and freedom found on her bike. She would outwork the men in the rhubarb fields, she could outclass the cyclists on the road, and still find time to over-knit young Denise an enviable cycling jumper. With her husband, daughter and cycling club at her side she became five times world pursuit champion, 13 times national champion, twice road-racing world champion and made it home in time for dinner.

Beryl Burton MBE, OBE, wife and mother cycled her way into the record books becoming world record holder and former British record holder, and with a determination to be the best she always cycled home a hero.

Director Rebecca Gatward
Designer Naomi Dawson

★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ The Observer

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ The Independent

'Burton's story....brought to theatrically inventive and comically freewheeling life' The Telegraph

 Post show talk: Tue 3 November (matinee)
Free to ticket holders


The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).