Sylvia West End

Sylvia 2023

Ages: 10+
Opened: February 14, 2023
Closing: April 01, 2023

Sylvia - 2023 - West End History , Info & More

Old Vic Theatre
The Cut, South Bank London

'Be the change that you want to see

Be the change for you and me’

This revolutionary story celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel – the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement, who changed the lives of working women and men across the world.

Following its 2018 run as a work-in-progress, Kate Prince’s Sylvia is back where it all began for its world premiere, uniting dance, hip hop, funk and soul to shine a light on a remarkable moment in history, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde.

Beverley Knight will not perform on:

Mon 27–Tue 28 Feb

Mon 6–Tue 7 Mar

Mon 13–Tue 14 Mar

All performances from Mon 20–Tue 28 Mar

Access Performances

Audio Described: Thu 9 Mar 7.30pm

Captioned: Fri 3 Mar 7:30pm


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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Sylvia

Beverley Knight shines in a stodgy suffragette show
6 / 10

Sylvia is the show that came back from the dead. When it was presented at the Old Vic five years ago, the project suffered multiple crises and opened as a work-in-progress. Prince, founder of the ZooNation dance troupe, subsequently described herself as “embarrassed and out of my depth”. Now after rewrites the piece has been pared from three hours to just over two and a half. It’s still messy, but the good news is that the soul singer Beverley Knight returns in the role of Emmeline. Her voice, when you get to hear it, remains spine-tingling. There just isn’t enough of it.

A clear labour of love for all involved
8 / 10

The music feels progressive, reflecting the determination of the characters who fight and fight again, giving the equivalent of rousing speeches that galvanise the audience and carry them on the long path to enfranchisement. Where most musicals offer up a few rousing songs at the beginning and end of each Act, Sylvia is one stirring song explosion after another. From Make Some Noise in the middle of Act One, to March, Women, March, Suffrajitsu and Be the Change, the blend of funk, hip hop and garage is effortless and who doesn’t want to see Winston’s Churchill’s mother as a badass grime artist!

Photos: SYLVIA Starring Beverley Knight Opens at The Old Vic
by A.A. Cristi - February 15, 2023


The company of Sylvia and friends celebrated the world premiere of the show last night at The Old Vic. Sylvia is an Old Vic and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company production in association with Sadler’s Wells. The show runs until 8th April. See photos from opening night!

Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of Kate Prince's SYLVIA at The Old Vic?
by Aliya Al-Hassan - February 15, 2023


This revolutionary story celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel – the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement, who changed the lives of working women and men across the world. So what did the critics think?

Review: SYLVIA, The Old Vic
by Aliya Al-Hassan - February 15, 2023


In Sylvia, the subject of the show is potentially fascinating, with much comparison to draw to the current day; echoes of recent police brutality against women, the challenges against the right to protest and the fight for equal pay rumble on 100 years later. The show has so much to say, but ends up muffled. Rose

Photos: See Newly Released Production Images of SYLVIA at The Old Vic Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - February 3, 2023


Directed and choreographed by Kate Prince and starring Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst and with Sharon Rose as Sylvia Pankhurst, Sylvia will run for a further week, closing on 08 April 2023. Check out the new productions photos here.

Sylvia History

Other Productions of Sylvia

2018   West End Old Vic Theatre Original Production
West End
2023   West End
West End

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