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The New Theatre’s first ever StageText performance takes place on Saturday 12 March at 2.30pm . The highly acclaimed Clwyd Theatr Cymru returns to the New Theatre with a new production of the rarely performed Shakespeare piece Troilus and Cressida from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 March.

StageText captioning provides access to live performances for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. Captioning converts the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a caption unit that is viewed by the audience. As the captions roll (delivered live from a laptop computer by a trained captioner) audience members can follow what is said, when it is said and by whom. Sound effects and off-stage noises are also included.

In addition to StageText, the matinee performance on Saturday 12 March will also carry an audio-description for blind people.

Susan Lewis, Theatre Manager said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a fully accessible performance of Troilus and Cressida. We have provided regular British Sign Language Interpreted and Audio-described performances for many years and hope to include regular Stagetext performances in future seasons.”

Terry Hands, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directs Troilus and Cressida, a compelling tale of the most famous war of the classical world, with all its insights and commentary on the all too familiar conflicts of our time.

A senseless war between the Greeks and Trojans that no one knows how to bring to an end, sex and politics, war and corruption are the focus of Shakespeare’s absorbing drama of man’s enduring inhumanity and lust for bloody conflict.

The Trojan War, with its famous characters—Agamemnon, Ulysses, Ajax, Hector, Paris and Helen—has enjoyed renewed interest recently with the blockbuster film Troy starring Brad Pitt. Welsh actor Josh Richards played a Greek soldier in Troy and now returns, having been promoted, as Agamemnon, leader of the Greek troops.

Troilus and Cressida is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 March. Tickets are on sale now costing from £7. The 2.30pm performance on Saturday 12 March is audio-described as well as carrying open captioning. For full details about the show or to purchase tickets visit or call the Box Office on (029) 2087 8889.

Troilus and Cressida at the New Theatre, Cardiff
Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 March 2005
Evenings 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday Matinees 2.30pm.
New Theatre Box Office (029) 2087 8889
Book online at
ENDS: Issued 02/03/05

Press Night: Wednesday 9 March

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