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Forty years of entertainment: The Torch Theatre celebrates its 40th Anniversary Year, with a spectacular re-working of Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic American novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!

news imageSince 1977, The Torch Theatre Company has been producing and presenting theatre from its venue in West Wales. The Torch Theatre is the only theatre-producing venue in West Wales and one of only three theatres in Wales that produce their own shows, alongside Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru and Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
A modern and vibrant centre for the arts, the Torch Theatre now offers over 10,000 shows, films, art exhibitions and live broadcasts annually to audiences in excess of 70,000 and prides itself on extending a warm Pembrokeshire welcome to all visitors.
Offering an excellent programme of distinctive, relevant and accessible arts activity that has a loyal and growing audience, we have a reputation for presenting high quality theatre productions and touring shows with a warm welcome. As Pembrokeshire's only professional theatre, the ethos of "something for everyone" results in a varied programme throughout the year, including drama, dance, opera, ballet, popular music, comedy and family entertainment.
The theatre was designed by local architect, Monty Minter, with one main auditorium of 297 seats at a cost of £500,000. Following a £5.4 million refurbishment and extension project, it now consists of a 300 seat Main House, a 102 seat Studio Theatre, a bespoke art gallery, bar facilities and an attractive café - Café Torch. The venue has been transformed to create an accessible, comfortable and attractive place to enjoy entertainment and the arts, complete with state of the art digital cinema technology with 3D capabilities.
The Torch Theatre Production Company have a reputation for presenting high quality theatre productions and touring shows. Torch Theatre Company’s highly acclaimed, award-winning* productions, which include an annual Christmas show, are directed by Artistic Director Peter Doran. This season also marks Peter Doran’s twentieth year as Artistic Director for the Torch Theatre, since which time he has directed over fifty productions including; Neville’s Island, The Woman in Black, Abigail’s Party, Taking Steps, Blue Remembered Hills, Little Shop of Horrors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Of Mice & Men, Educating Rita, Bedroom Farce, Dead Funny, The Norman Conquests, An Inspector Calls, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist and The Turn of the Screw. Peter also directed She Stoops to Conquer and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, two co-productions between the Torch, Mappa Mundi and Theatr Mwldan.

As Pembrokeshire’s only professional theatre venue and arts complex, funded principally by the Arts Council of Wales and Pembrokeshire County Council, the Torch Theatre Company currently produces three to four shows each year, and offers over 1,000 shows, films, art exhibitions and live broadcasts to suit all tastes. annually. 70,000 people came through the doors of the Torch Theatre in 2016 including nearly 12,000 people who saw the Torch Theatre Company’s pantomime of Sleeping Beauty in 2016 alone - the annual Christmas show helps make Christmas one of our busiest and most exciting times of the year.
Earlier this year, Artistic Director Peter Doran was awarded the Best Director Award at the annual Wales Theatre Awards for the bilingual production Belonging/Perthyn (Re-Live in association with Chapter). In the previous year, 2016, the Torch Theatre Company’s production Grav, about the life of Welsh rugby legend Ray Gravell, and picked up the new Audience Award, as voted by members of the public.

2017 is the Torch Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Year, and the Torch Theatre Autumn Production is a spectacular re-working of Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic American novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a fabulous vehicle with which to celebrate the theatre’s 40th birthday. Director Peter Doran joins the cast of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in the role of Scanlon, his first stage appearance since the Torch Theatre Company production of Bedroom Farce in October 2004.

This year’s Christmas show is Dick Whittington, the much-loved story of a poor boy who sets off to make his fortune in London – and the adventures he encounters along the way! Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness and plenty of audience participation, Dick Whittington promises everything you could dream of in a traditional family pantomime – bursting at the seams with all the magnificent scenery, special effects, crazy costumes, music, magic and mayhem that our audiences have come to expect!

The annual Christmas show helps make Christmas one of our busiest and most exciting times of the year - 2016 nearly 12,000 people saw the Torch Theatre Company’s pantomime of Sleeping Beauty.

Our Patron, Dame Judi Dench, recently sent the Theatre a message of support, congratulating the Torch on its ongoing success and support of the arts:

“I can hardly believe that the Torch Theatre has reached its 40th anniversary. I send congratulations to you all on running it so successfully, and my thanks to your audiences for their support. I am proud to be a Patron of such a company and look forward to the next 40 years!” - Dame Judi Dench


• In 2015, the Torch Theatre Production Company were double Laurel Award winners for its sell-out productions of Grav and Oh Hello! at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they received rave reviews

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