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The New Theatre and Wales Theatre Company are today celebrating the success of the recent free ticket offer to see Hamlet.

Over 6,000 people took advantage of the offer which was part of the Cardiff 2005 celebrations. The show ran for 11 performances between November 2 - 12.

The total of 6,336 people received free tickets for the new production by Wales Theatre Company whicb was unique for having some performances in Welsh alongside those in Shakespeare’s original English. The free ticket offer was made possible by support from Cardiff 2005, as part of the celebrations for the capital’s centenary.

New Theatre Marketing Manager, Matt Smith, said: “We always expected this to be popular but we are all taken back by scale of the take-up of this offer. We have received excellent feedback from people who saw the performance, many of whom had never seen a Shakespeare play before.”

Rodney Berman, Cardiff Council Leader, commented: “The Cardiff 2005 celebrations have been a big success, and the New Theatre and Wales Theatre Company have helped play a part in this. Cardiff Council is committed to bringing the arts to as many people as possible and it is very pleasing to see so many people taking up the offer to see Hamlet. I hope they all enjoyed the performance as much as I did.”

Following the Cardiff performances, Hamlet moves on to theatres in Milford Haven, Brecon and Llandudno.
New Theatre Cardiff  
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Cardiff Council Press Officer Andrea Morgan Tel: 029 2087 3107
Tuesday, November 15, 2005back

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