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Feel-good Musicals, Kings of Comedy and Edgy Home Grown Theatre May – August events announced at Swansea Grand Theatre

news imageSwansea’s iconic city centre theatre announces an exciting and diverse summer programme featuring nearly 100 performances. From top-billing comedians, acclaimed theatre productions and opera to heart-warming musicals, great live music, exhibitions, films, workshops and family shows, there’s something for everyone.

Theatre highlights include a multi award-winning production of glamourous romantic comedy musical, Crazy For You, complete with a star-studded cast featuring Strictly Come Dancing winner, Tom Chambers, TV star, Claire Sweeney and Charlotte Wakefield (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Building on the phenomenal success of the Agatha Christie Company, Bill Kenwright brings a classic whodunnit to Swansea, by “the king of the detective thriller” Edgar Wallace, The Case of The Frightened Lady. If that isn’t enough to get theatre-goers hearts racing then John Goodrum’s The Nightmare Room, based on the chilling Arthur Conan Doyle mystery, should do the job as it plays out a deadly game of Russian roulette in a locked room.

For a feel-good night out with friends, there’s plenty in Swansea Grand Theatre’s summer programme to choose from. Not only is the irresistible smash-hit musical comedy, Hairspray, back in town (starring X Factor’s Brenda Edwards, no less), but Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzy Roper will be taking the city by storm as they put the world’s wrongs to right.

Comedy lovers can expect a plethora of famous faces, including Sarah Millican, David Baddiel, Jason Manford and Joe Lycett, while some huge names in music are expected to pass through during the Swansea Grand Theatre takeover by BBC Radio 1’s Academy in May.

Leaving the best until last, kids in the Swansea area are in for a real treat over the coming months as three must-see family productions come to the theatre for the first time. The brand new stage show premiere of the children’s classic picture book, Dear Zoo, is guaranteed to entertain little ones (and their mums and dads) with puppetry, music and lots of fun interaction. Fast forward to June and as greenery blooms, the earthy and magical story of Tickledom: Basil and The Ice Witch comes to life at the hands of home grown talent, Welsh duo John Manders and award-winning composer Matthew Brind. In July a brand new dino-mite adventure thunders into town. With marvellous puppetry on a jaw-dropping scale, Dinosaur World Live dares you to experience the dangers and delights of pre-historic times in an interactive show for all the family.

Budding West End stars will be delighted to see the return of West End In Swansea, the theatre’s much-loved summer school this August. A fantastic hands-on opportunity for 8 – 16 year olds to learn the tricks of performing live from four top West End professionals over the course of a week during their summer holidays.
Other shows which certainly deserve a mention are May’s stunning opera performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata, and some brilliant and edgy productions taking place in the theatre’s contemporary arts wing spaces. Swansea-based contemporary theatre company Critical Ambition present a thought-provoking concoction of science and romance in The Effect, a play by the critically acclaimed writer Lucy Prebble. While another well-loved Swansea company Fluellen Theatre bring one of August Strindberg’s masterpieces to life in a brand new production of Miss Julie.
Tickets are available for all these and many more new season events from the theatre box office 01792 475715 and online at swanse


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