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Swansea Grand Theatre Spring - Summer 2007     

Swansea Grand Theatre Spring - Summer 2007 Musicals
Tues 24th - Sat 28th April | 7.30pm Tues Mat: 1.00pm, Sat Mat: 2.00pm
The Wales Theatre Company presents The brand new Mal Pope musical
Contender - 'Fight for a Ticket'

From the team that brought you the smash hit Amazing Grace comes the musical Contender, the rags to riches story of Welsh boxing legend Tommy Farr. On a hot steamy night in the Yankee Stadium, New York, 1937, a boy from Tonypandy fights Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, the greatest heavy-weight of them all, to a standstill. From the boxing booths of the Rhondda to fame and fortune, a combination of the fast life and a series of personal tragedies leaves Tommy Farr penniless. At the age of 37 he has only two options - go back down the mines or climb back in the ring...
Music and Lyrics by Mal Pope. Book by Michael Bogdanov and Mal Pope.

Tues 1st May | 7.30pm
Stardust - A musical flashback in time
An exciting new show to take you through over 30 years of musical history from Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, Phantom Of The Opera, Grease and many, many more... Starring Mike Holoway, Maureen Nolan and Rachael Holoway. With full support from a live band and The Rockettes dancing troupe.

Mon  7th May | 7.30pm
Swansea Amateur Operatic Society present
Friday Night is Music Night
Swansea Amateur Operatic Society present an evening of light music, featuring Dunvant Male Choir and soloists from 'The Amateurs'. A fantastic evening for all!

Tues 24th May | 7.30pm
Masters of the Musical
Masters of the Musical is a joyous celebration of the best of Broadway and the West End and is rightly one of the most popular touring shows in the UK. This glittering production features a fabulous selection of songs from the greatest musicals in history, combined with an all star West End cast and one of the hottest bands in the business - a real 'must see' for all lovers of musical theatre. With selections from Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins and many, many more, this turbo-charged roller-coaster leaves audiences breathless.

The Sir Harry Secombe Musical Youth Theatre Trust presents
Fri 1st & Sat 2nd June | 2.30pm & 7.00pm
The Wizard of Oz By L. Frank Baum
The hugely successful, Sir Harry Secombe Musical Youth Theatre Trust return with the colourful family musical, The Wizard of Oz. Packed with an array of musical classics, come and follow Dorothy and her gang 'over the rainbow' and along 'the yellow brick road' to experience a musical theatre spectacular! A wonderful way to keep your little munchkins entertained during half term!
With Music and lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Background Music by Herbert Stothart. Dance and Vocal Arrangement by Peter Howard. Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Mon 18th - Sat 23rd June
Mon - Thurs: 7.30pm, Fri & Sat: 5.30pm & 8.30pm
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
It's had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe and now Buddy, "The World's most successful Rock 'n' Roll musical" is back and ready to explode onto the stage in a toe tapping, hand clapping extravaganza! With a phenomenally talented cast, Buddy tells his story, presents his music and features some of Buddy's greatest hits including That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, True Love Ways, Oh Boy, Heartbeat and many, many more. With the Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens' La Bamba taking you towards total music overload, this dazzling show will have the whole audience rocking and bopping in the aisles. Signed performance - 21st June - 7.30pm

Tues 26th June | 7.30pm
Beyond the Barricade
Now in its 8th record-breaking year, the UK's leading musical theatre concert appears with a new show for 2007, featuring songs from the world's greatest musicals. This cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables perform songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Tell Me on a Sunday, Phantom Of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Chicago, Blood Brothers and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables!

Silver Stage & Screen Productions Presents
Fri 6th July | 7.30pm
Bound for Broadway
Not just another 'Songs from the Shows' concert, Bound for Broadway celebrates the hits and misses of Broadway Musicals through the decades. With familiar toe-tapping tunes, forgotten melodies and all time favourites, this show will leave you begging for more. Featuring songs from Gypsy, Follies, La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, Fame and many more... Featuring Swansea's own Nia Trussler-Jones, Phillip Arran and Luke Stephens. With full supporting cast. Supporting CISS (Cancer Information & Support Services).

Class Act Theatre Productions presents
Thurs 19th - Sat 21st July | Thurs & Sat 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2.00pm
Disney's High School Musical
Troy, the popular captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella, the brainy and beautiful member of the academic club, break all the rules of East Side High society when they audition for the leads in the school's musical. As they reach for the stars and follow their dreams, everyone learns acceptance, teamwork and being yourself. This modern day Grease features the hottest local talent and celebrates the power of music in this hip, entertaining got-to-get-up-and-dance spectacular. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.
Director - Jill Williams Musical Director - Kath Evans
Based on a Disney Channel original movie

Swansea Ballet Russe presents
Mon 14th May | 7.30pm
An enchanting evening of Tchaikovsky at the ballet
Swansea Ballet Russe, The Classical Dance Company of Wales, presents romance at the ballet. Featuring excerpts from some of Tchaikovsky's best loved ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. An exciting and romantic feast of quality ballet. Also featuring Swansea Grand Theatre School of Dance.

Wed 23rd May | 7.30pm
Phoenix Dance Theatre
Phoenix Dance Theatre returns to Swansea Grand Theatre with their first season under new Artistic Director, Javier De Frutos presenting a tempting selection of works by international choreographers.
Pequenas Alegrias, by acclaimed Brazilian choreographer, Henrique Rodovalho features multi-media projections and an infectious mix of samba and electronica. Javier De Frutos presents the violent, carnal Los Picadores, co-commissioned by the La Biennale di Venezia, to Stravinsky's dramatic Les Noces. Phoenix are privileged to stage a rare revival of Jane Dudley's 1938 masterpiece, Harmonica Breakdown. The company also present Henri Oguike's Signal to the pounding rhythms of Japanese taiko drums.
 "De Frutos' choreography is filled with such ravishingly sensual rhythms that he makes even death sexy" The Times

London Studio Centre's
Sat 16th June | 7.30pm
Images of Dance - Artistic director: Margaret Barbieri
An irresistibly entertaining evening of ballet, from 21 dancers of the ever-popular and dynamic Images of Dance, directed by Margaret Barbieri (former Royal Ballet Principal), offers a delicious variety... and a trip through Europe, from the quintessentially English of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, (newly choreographed by Matthew Hart) through Don Quixote's vigorous Russian view of Spanish dancing (staged by ex-Bolshoi star Irek Mukhamedov), to an irreverently wicked Anglo- Saxon take on Paris in the 1930s from Matthew Bourne's especially revived The Infernal Galop.

Swansea Ballet Russe and The Temma Ballet School, Japan present
Sun 29th July | 2.00pm
Coppélia - A Ballet in three acts
With beautiful scenery and colourful costumes, Coppélia is a truly delightful production to charm audiences of all ages. Music by Leo Delibes and Choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon.
A simple story, packed with colour and movement, easily understood by everyone from aficionados to young children and brought magically to life by Swansea Ballet Russe, The Classical Dance Company of Wales and Japanese Ballet students attending this summer's International Masterclass.
"They bring a distinctive Russian style - full bodied, yet disciplined, precise yet passionate"

Mon 30th July | 7.30pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Divas Las Vegas Tour
This fabulous show combines the heady spice of Bangkok's exotic nightlife with the glamorous showgirl appeal of Las Vegas. 16 beautiful transvestites, direct from Bangkok, star in a glamorous and funny cabaret show - flamboyant costumes, painstakingly immaculate make-up and show-stopping choreography are the hallmarks of this truly unique blend of cabaret, dance and comedy.
The show has been a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and now embarks on a UK tour.

Family Performances
Fri 11th May | 7.30pm
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Back by huge public demand!
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums interweave with delicate bamboo flute and layers of subtle percussive soundscapes in a spellbinding display of fluid grace, precise choreography and sheer athleticism. Retaining the traditional spirit of Taiko, yet creating a thoroughly contemporary sound, Mugenkyo are forging a new path with their innovative approach.

Fri 8th June | 7.00pm
The Best is Yet to Come
All proceeds to go to Technology in Motion, for Children with Brachycephaly (Flat head Syndrome).
The South Wales Evening Post invites you to see and hear young entertainers, including singers, dancers, comedians, musicians and pop groups aged 4-18 years, presenting their talents on the Grand Theatre stage.
Childrens Showtime Productions in association with Chorion
Sat 9th & Sun 10th June

Theatreworks presents
Tues 10th - Sat 14th July | 7.30pm
Wed Mat: 1.00pm, Sat Mat: 2.00pm
The Railway Children by E Nesbit
The Railway Children steams into Swansea Grand Theatre this summer. This fantastic adaptation of E Nesbit's Edwardian Adventure story is ideal family entertainment. You don't need to have read the novel or seen the film with Jenny Agutter to enjoy this nationally acclaimed production of a childhood classic. All the key adventures, including the landslide and the red petticoat' waving are all there and enhanced by a vibrant 'story book' set, (with tunnel, railway station and bridge), special effects and 'clever' puppetry. Starring Lynette McMorrough (Crossroads) and Zara Dawson (Down to Earth and Family Affairs).
 "A perfect introduction to Theatre and to Literature" Theatreworld Magazine
Signed performance - 12th July - 7.30pm


Mark Whitney for Grassroots/RCT Theatres co-production presents
Tues 15th - Sat 19th May Mon - Fri: 7.30pm, Sat: 5.30pm & 8.00pm
Granny Annie
by Frank Vickery
Wales' favourite playwright, Frank Vickery, is back with his fantastic new comedy, Granny Annie. Starring Frank Vickery
Come and follow the adventures of possibly the worst amateur dramatic company ever, as they prepare for the opening of their latest musical production which promises to be the biggest theatrical disaster of all time!! The laughs come thick and fast in this, Vickery's first new comedy in over 2 years. Be prepared to laugh 'til you burst at Vickery's scorching humour.

Ian Dickens Productions Ltd and Swansea Grand Theatre presents for its eleventh consecutive season a Summer Repertory Season 2007!
5 great plays with great star names and Directed by Ian Dickens

24th - 28th July| 7.30pm
Cash on Delivery - By Michael Cooney
A riotous farce that has all the ingredients for rib-tickling hilarity that will have you roaring with laughter. Starring Kevin Kennedy, Melvyn Hayes, Barry Howard, Victoria Bush, David Callister and Geoffrey Davies

31st July - 4th Aug | 7.30pm
The Decorator - By Donald Churchill
Hilarity piles on hilarity and chaos ensues. A hilarious comedy. Starring Leslie Grantham, Sarah Manners and Sabina Franklyn

7th - 11th Aug | 7.30pm
The Secretary Bird - By William Douglas Home
A superbly crafted comedy of liaisons by a master playwright. Casting to be confirmed

14th - 18th Aug | 7.30pm
Dangerous Corner - By J.B.Priestley.
A classic drama with fast paced and tightly controlled action. Starring Shirley Anne Field, Nicola Wheeler, Peter Amory & Chloe Newsome

21st - 25th August | 7.30pm
Dead Guilty - By Richard Harris
A powerful and intriguing thriller. "...plenty of psycho-dramatic conflict to keep you guessing..." What's On. Casting to be confirmed

Special Events
Tues 5th June | 7.30pm
Swansea Institute Performing Arts Final Degree Show
Students from the final year of the performing arts and theatre BA degree course at Swansea Institute present heir usual exciting and eclectic mix of established plays and original performances. With eight different performance events on offer there will be something to satisfy everyone. Performances will also take place in the Depot Studio, Arts Wing on 4th June.

Wed 6th June | 7.00pm
Puccini's Tosca features magnificent sets designed by Vyacheslav Okunev, the celebrated designer for the Malyy Theatre and the Kirov in St Petersburg. Love, torture and treachery are set against the backdrop of Rome at its bloodiest, with the famous arias 'Vissi d'Arte' and 'E Lucevan le Stelle'. Two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain for the baritone. This production features a large cast and full orchestra with a children's choir within a specially devised cathedral setting in Act 1.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
The nature of our venue means that at certain times and from particular seats the surtitles system is not always visible. Please check with box office at the time of booking

Mon 11th & Tues 12th June | 7.30pm

Swansea Grand Theatre Arts Wing Performances and Exhibitions
2nd-3rd May | 2.00pm
Fluellen Theatre Company presents
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Fluellen Theatre Company returns to make you an offer you cannot refuse... a new production of Shakespeare's hilarious, knockabout and most controversial comedy!
Tickets £8.00, £6.00 concs.

17th May | 7.45pm
A unique and brilliantly funny comedy sketch show that appeals to women of all ages and the men that have to live with them! This is your chance to see three 40 and 50 something ladies' fresh and entertaining take  on reaching that 'certain age' and all the trials and tribulations involved! Without vulgarity, just clever true humour, all of these
sketches are instantly recognizable and display what we all have to look forward to!
Tickets £8.00, £6.00 concs.
21st - 23rd June | 7.15pm

MasterAct presents
The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson
Directed by Kathryn Rice, Musical Director Lyndon Samuel. Proceeds in aid of the David Thomas M.B.E. Bursary for young theatre students. (By arrangement with Samuel French Limited). Tickets £8.00
4th June | 7.30pm

Swansea Institute Performing Arts
Students from the final year of the Performing Arts and theatre BA degree course at Swansea Institute present their usual exciting and eclectic mix of established plays and original performances. With eight different performance events on offer there will be something to satisfy anyone interested in new theatre work produced by the talent of tomorrow. Performances will also take place in the main auditorium on 5th June.
Tickets £7.00, £5.00 concs.

7th & 8th June | 2.15pm
& 7.45pm
Frapetsus Productions presents
Whose Coat is That Jacket? by Jack Llewellyn
A Welsh comedy looking at tradition, ambition, love and family ties. We take a hilarious look into the lives of the Williams family, from the humble surroundings of their South Wales village. A new play which will have you rolling in the aisles!
Tickets £8.00, £6.00 concs.

15th June & 13th July | 8.00pm
The Comicopolis
Comedians and variety acts from Wales and beyond (and that includes Morriston!). With four acts plus M.C. Noel James. A Grand night out! Special promotions on selected drinks. Tickets £6.50

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