Meet Beryl Burton, the greatest woman on two wheels, in this trailblazing tale from actor and writer Maxine Peake.


Beryl Burton MBE, OBE – twice World Road-race Champion, five times World Pursuit Champion – was never meant to cycle.

Aged 11, a serious illness left her with a weakened heart. Doctors warned against strenuous exercise for the rest of her life.

Aged 30, branded ‘the Yorkshire housewife’ and with no financial sponsorship, she became the first sportswoman in history to break a men’s competitive record.

Featuring a host of unforgettable characters and a great big dollop of Northern wit, Maxine Peake’s freewheeling play is the extraordinary true story of a woman who pushed at the limits, took on the status quo – and won.

Critic reviews

The story of the original rebel girl, told with passion, grit and triumphant joy

Everything Theatre

This is a show full of energy and enthusiasm for the tale of an extraordinary woman that will leave you with a smile on your face

West End Wilma

It’s an energetic four-hander

London Box Office

Warm and gently humorous

The Stage

Maxine Peake's homage to a British cycling legend does not get out of first gear


Beryl ensures audiences are holding on tight to the handlebars before rushing off with zeal into the life of a woman who deserves to be better known

Broadway World

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Wed 16 Oct - Sat 16 Nov, 3pm & 8pm


24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions
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