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A musical extravaganza based on a remarkable religious phenomenon which swept across Wales exactly 100 years ago is proving to be a roaring success.

Tickets to performances in Cardiff, Carmarthen and Cardigan are aready sold out as audiences queue up to see Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru - the Welsh National Touring Company‘s production, through words and song, of the 1904-05 Religious Revival which produced 100,000 converts and which profoundly affected the spiritual life of Wales and the world.

“Seats to all the performances of Hen Rebel planned for Carmarthen’s Lyric Theatre and Cardigan’s Theatr Mwldan have all been taken,” said Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Marketing Manager, Elwyn Williams. “To avoid disappointment those who have failed to safeguard seats in those venues should now contact the Aberystwyth Arts Centre where performances will be held on Thursday a Friday nights, 20-21 October, 2005,” he added.

Seats to one of the three performances planned for Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre this week have also been sold out with the auditorium for the other two performances also filling up.

Hen Rebel is based on the life of Evan Roberts, a 25-year-old trainee minister of religion from Lougher near Swansea, one of the main instigators of the 1904-05 Revival .

“Evan Roberts and his team of five girl singers become instant spiritual celebrities as the local and national newspapers of the day chronicled their spreading religious zeal,” said Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Artistic Director, Cefin Roberts “Congregational hymn singing was, of course, central to Evan Roberts’ successful evangelical formula and that, in turn, provides the ideal starting point for a musical production,” he added.

The thirteen-member cast of Hen Rebel is headed by London’s West End- experienced actor, David Lyndon, who plays the captivating Evan Roberts. The other cast members are Maldwyn John, Llion Williams, Frank Lincoln, Dafydd Huw James, Rhys ap Wiliam, Carys Gwilym, Angharad Lee, Elin Llwyd as well as the four members of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s team of core actors, Owen Arwyn, Rhian Blythe, Carys Eleri and Dave Taylor. The production will also invclude a 20- member corus.

“Our aim is to give audiences a vivid and spine-tingling experience of an amazing occurrence which was both thrilling and sobering,” added Cefin Roberts.
“On the one hand it marked the beginning of a world-wide revival, but on the other hand, here in Wales, all signs of the religious fervour it produced disappeared within a generation,” he added.

The script for Hen Rebel is written by the renowned actress, stage director and scriptwriter, Valmai Jones. The musical arrangement is by Einion Dafydd.

Hen Rebel will open in Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre this week (6-8 October, 2005) followed by performances in Carmarthen’s Lyric Theatre (11 October, 2005); Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech (October 13-14); the Aberystwyth Arts Centre (October 20-21); Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan (November 3-4, 2005); Mold’s Clwyd Theatr Cymru (November 8-9, 2005); with the final performances in Bangor’s Theatr Gwynedd (November 16-19, 2005).

Pre-performance explanatory discussions for Welsh Language learners are being arranged at all the venues. Details are available from the individual theatres.

For further details please contact Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Marketing
Manager, Elwyn Williams, on 01554 780650 or UTGORN PR on 01766 514505.
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru  
web site

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