Cycling legend’s story to make welcome return

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Press - Beryl Burton Plaque Unveiling , Beryl Burton Gardens, Morley, England - 080614 - Maxine Peake with the mural of Beryl Burton in the Morley Beryl Burton Memorial Gardens.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Press - Beryl Burton Plaque Unveiling , Beryl Burton Gardens, Morley, England - 080614 - Maxine Peake with the mural of Beryl Burton in the Morley Beryl Burton Memorial Gardens.

Maxine Peake’s acclaimed play about Morley cycling hero Beryl Burton is to make a spectacular return to Leeds later this month.

The biopic, entitled ‘Beryl’, told the story of the record breaker’s incredible sporting achievements as well as her simple and humble life with husband Charlie and daughter Denise.

Such was the popularity of the play when it was first shown at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the run up to the Tour de France last year, it was given an extended run.

And now the producers have confirmed the play will be performed once again at the Courtyard Theatre in the West Yorkshire Playhouse from June 27 - July 18. The show will then tour across the country during the Autumn.

Among Beryl’s finest achievements in her glittering career were her two world road race championship wins in 1960 and 1967 and her breaking of the 12 hour time trial record.

Beryl’s daughter Denise Burton-Cole, who watched the play first hand at its opening night last year said: “We are thrilled as it’s an outstanding play and it’s great that more people will see it.”

Peake originally wrote the play for Radio Four in 2012 before being asked to adapt it for stage production last year.

It is being directed once again by Rebecca Gatward.

To purchase tickets, call 0113 213 7700 or visit wyp.org.uk.