Octagon Theatre Bolton
By Maxine Peake
Directed by Kimberley Sykes

An extraordinary true story of determination, passion and pure grit. Beryl - the greatest woman on two wheels.

After falling ill during her 11+ exam, Beryl is told she won’t amount to anything so she sets out to prove everyone wrong!

Fast-forward several years, and a blossoming workplace romance with charismatic amateur cyclist Charlie Burton leads Beryl to find true love - not only with Charlie but with the thrill and freedom of being on two wheels.

Join us this autumn to discover how Beryl Burton - wife, mother, northern lass – became a record-breaking world champion and a cycling legend.

Written by award-winning actor, writer, and former Octagon Youth Theatre member Maxine Peake, the story of one the world’s greatest unsung sporting heroes will be energetically brought to life in the intimate setting of Bolton’s Library Theatre.


Additional information


Library Theatre, Bolton Museum 


£29 - £14 (Concessions £2 off)

Post show talk

Tue 8 October 

Running time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including a 20 minute interval


Vicky Binns

Vicky Binns

Beryl’s Mum / Teacher / Nurse / Beryl
Matthew Heywood

Matthew Heywood

Chris Jack

Chris Jack

Jim / Nun / Jeff / Charlie Burton / Ged / Neil
Flora Spencer-Longhurst

Flora Spencer-Longhurst



Kimberley Sykes


Bretta Gerecke

Set, Costume and Lighting Designer

Andy Graham

Sound Designer

Tickets £29-£14
Concessions £2 off*
Groups and school prices available - see below dates for details

Show accessible performances only

Groups 10+ save up to £3 per ticket plus 1 free organiser ticket*
Groups 30+ save up to £3.50 per ticket plus 1 free organiser ticket*

Schools £14-18 plus 1 free teacher per 15 pupils*

See full group and school rates here

*Excludes Fri and Sat eve performances and Bargain Night performances. 

All discounts subject to availability 

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Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive, Le Mans Cres, Bolton BL1 1SE

Bolton Library Theatre