Kingston’s Rose Theatre has been chosen for the London premiere of a play about the extraordinary achievement of cyclist Beryl Burton.

Beryl is written by the Bafta-nominated actress Maxine Peake, who starred in TV’s Silk and last year’s Oscar winner The Theory of Everything, and tells the story of the greatest woman on two wheels is on from March 8 to 19.

Rebecca Gatward directs a cast which includes Samantha Power in the title role and Shameless actress Rebecca Ryan as her daughter Denise.

After taking up cycling when she met her husband Charlie, down-to-earth Beryl Burton dominated the sport by becoming the world pursuit champion five times, national champion 13 times, two-time road racing world champion – and still made it home in time for dinner.

Tickets cost from £8. Go to or call 020 8174 0090.

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