Theatre in Wales

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Wales Millennium Centre Oct 2008 June 2009     

Wales Millennium Centre Oct 2008 June 2009 Glen Campbell
In a legendary music career that spans more than five decades, Glen Campbell has achieved chart topping, platinum selling pop and country success singing everyday tales of life, love, work and heartache.
15 October 2008

1927: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
A breathtaking, darkly original cabaret by 1927 Theatre Company. With live music, performance, storytelling, films and animation, performers interact with the audience and the animation to create comic tales that shock and delight.
16 October 2008

Stephen Petronio Company
Master choreographer Stephen Petronio is as famed for his collaborations as for the quality of his dance, and in the pieces to be performed at Wales Millennium Centre (Bud Suite and Bloom) his partnership with musician Rufus Wainwright takes his work onto a new level.
17 October 2008 - 18 October 2008

Cool Rules and Fams
Cool Rules - Directed by Jonzi D
The hopes and aspirations of a young man growing up in modern Britain set against a back drop of exploding stars and universal truths.
Using physical lyricism with verbal dexterity Cool Rules brings you back to gritty urban reality with a bump.
A fierce uncompromising tale of pride fear and hope exploring the explosion of violence within are young communities.
Fams - co written and directed by Benji Reid
Two strangers enter a hospital waiting room and leave as brothers. A comic journey of discovery for two men trying to work out who they are and where they’re going in life which explores the issues facing identity and modern relationships between sons and their fathers.
17 October 2008

Jim Jeffries: Hammered
Jim succeeds with jokes that most comedians wouldn't touch. With an ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measure, he is regarded as one of comedy’s fastest rising young stars. His brash confrontational style has made him one of the most sought after comics on the world stage.
18 October 2008

Cardiff University's 125th Anniversary
World-renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE and Grammy-award winning soprano Rebecca Evans join forces with Cardiff University to celebrate its 125th anniversary. The Welsh-born stars are just two of the international singers and musicians performing in a spectacular gala evening of some of the world’s best-loved classical music.
19 October 2008

Elizabeth & Raleigh
Potatoes, tobacco, Elizabethan dance, cross-dressing, xenophobia and laughs galore from the team behind Johnson And Boswell: Late But Live, which played to critical acclaim at the Traverse Theatre during the 2007 Edinburgh festival.
19 October 2008

Stravinsky! A Celebration
Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of Britain’s most renowned ballet companies and it returns to Wales Millennium Centre with a compelling season of performances
21 October 2008 - 22 October 2008

Beauty and the Beast
Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of Britain’s most renowned ballet companies and it returns to Wales Millennium Centre with a compelling season of performances.
23 October 2008 - 25 October 2008

Ennio Marchetto
Ennio Marchetto ‘the living cartoon’ takes the art of mimicry and lightning-fast quick change into a whole new realm. Performed to some of our favourite hits, he magically transforms into characterisations of stars ranging from Mona Lisa, to Britney Spears, Ozzie Osbourne to Amy Winehouse.
25 October 2008

Lady Boys of Bangkok
This fantastic party night comes to Wales Millennium Centre for the first time. Combining the heady spice of Bangkok’s exotic nightlife with the glamorous showgirl appeal of Las Vegas this flamboyant show is performed by 16 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls, who just happen to be men, in a glamorous and funny review show. You won’t believe your eyes!
26 October 2008

Jaleo Flamenco
Fusing the essential elements of flamenco with their own inimitable and charismatic brand of Spanish passion and emotion, Jaleo unleashes the raw energy and sensuous rhythms inherent within the artform. A potent cocktail of explosive footwork, haunting singing, virtuoso guitar playing and percussive handclapping from southern Spain featuring some of flamenco’s finest award-winning artists
28 October 2008

A Night at the Opera
At last, an event to celebrate the universal love for some of the most enduring music ever created! A Night at the Opera starring Jonathan Ansell, special guests and the Night at the Opera Orchestra is a glorious celebration of the most famous and best loved arias from the world’s favourite operas
30 October 2008

Steve Coogan
The star of I’m Alan Partridge, Saxondale and creator of Paul and Pauline Calf will be touring the UK from October 1 2008. Steve Coogan is returning in a show featuring the characters that have made him a BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning Comedy Legend
31 October 2008 - 01 November 2008

Neon Neon
Neon Neon is the artist name for the combined musical powers of Los Angeles based producer Boom Bip and Super Furry Animals main man and solo star Gruff Rhys. After working and touring together for over six years the two have teamed up, and have been wowing critics with their maniacal blend of party-meets-power pop ever since
02 November 2008

Deep Blue
Go round to the Dance House and enjoy an exciting new work that has been created with some of Europe’s brightest young dancers. The show is the result of a unique project by Aberystwyth Arts Centre working with Diversions and a talented team of performers to create a new dance company working with professional choreographers, Sean Feldman and Roy Campbell-Moore.
03 November 2008 - 04 November 2008

Llyfr Mawr y Plant
A Musical by Theatr Bara Caws, in partnership with Theatr Gwynedd and Galeri. This autumn, Theatr Bara Caws will bring a children’s classic to life with the first theatrical production of Llyfr Mawr y Plant. Tony Llewelyn will direct the stage adaptation of Llyfr Mawr y Plant, which first appeared as a book in 1931 and which has entertained generations ever since.
04 November 2008 - 04 November 2008

Max Boyce Live
Wales’ own Max Boyce is happily and uproariously unique. He has what all the great entertainers have; an appearance and style that is all his own and belongs to him. There are not many people who have filled Wales Millennium Centre, the Albert Hall, the London Palladium and the Sydney Opera House.
06 November 2008 - 07 November 2008

Flashdance - The Musical
Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) FLASHDANCE is an unmistakably unique musical about holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. The show features an iconic score including the smash hit "Maniac", along with “Manhunt”, "Gloria", “I Love Rock & Roll” and the Academy Award winning title track "Flashdance - What a Feeling"
10 November 2008 - 15 November 2008

The Other Woman
Protected only by the rugged landscape surrounding her isolated cottage in the South Wales’ valleys, Megan is left alone with her baby and a broken plough, when her husband goes off to fight in the Great War. Through the harshest of times this feisty young woman does what she must to survive the dark reality of her harsh existence.When a desperate stranger breaks into her cottage, Megan sees an opportunity which can benefit them both. Drawn together by daily toil and isolation they become close, but no-one could forsee the difficulties which will unfold when her husband returns unexpectedly from the front . . .
11 November 2008 - 12 November 2008

Cyrano - Theatr na n'Og
Theatr na n’Og’s painfully funny adaptation and re-invention of Edmond Rostand's classic play. Cyrano is the ultimate tale of unrequited love - the hero has everything; the courage of a lion, the heart of a poet and the nose anteater. A hilarious comedy and tragic love story, frolicsome adventure and intimate portrayal of love
13 November 2008 - 15 November 2008

Falling Light
Diversions welcomes Janis Claxton back to the Dance House for an evening of dance and music with the Edinburgh Quartet playing works by Bach and Gorecki. An emotionally compelling and musically defined program including Rinne, Claxton’s highly acclaimed quartet set to a riveting composition by Australian ensemble Waratah and a new work set to String Quartet #3 by Henryk Gorecki to be played live by Scotland's premier and internationally acclaimed Edinburgh Quartet
15 November 2008

High School Musical
Disney’s High School Musical On Stage follows the much-loved story of the movie, featuring all your favourite characters and songs, together with two brand new numbers performed by the country’s hottest dancers and an electrifying live band.
17 November 2008 - 22 November 2008

Rannel - Flhip Flhop
Elements of Hip-Hop (b-boying, Dj’ing, MC’ing and Beatbox) are hidden and twisted into a dynamic physical performance combining witty dialogue and intricate choreography to create an energetic and hilarious comedy.
20 November 2008

Youth Dance Gala 2008
This event is part of Future Dance Cardiff, a creative programme of dance training and performance activities run by Diversions in partnership with A2: Arts Active, the education and participation team at New Theatre and St David’s Hall
22 November 2008 - 22 November 2008

Dance Bytes: Work in Progress
Dance Bytes, Welsh Independent Dance’s choreographic development programme, provides dance artists with the opportunity to create work through three stages of development, enabling exploration and experimentation
22 November 2008

The Afternoon Show
An evening show... in the afternoon! Starring BBC Radio Wales’ Chris Needs and hosted by Peter Karrie, this variety show features live music, beautiful singing dancers, and even some unexpected guests. Be entertained by timeless sing-a-longs, comedy, competitions and even a game of bingo between acts!
24 November 2008

Peter Karrie: A Man and His Music
International Theatre star Peter Karrie, best known for his spectacular portrayal of the title role in Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, will return to Wales Millennium Centre this autumn with his latest show ‘A Man and his Music’
24 November 2008

Incubator 08: Geek Tragedy
Taking its inspiration from Euripides’ The Bacchae, Geek Tragedy tells the bold and blood-thirsty tale of what happens when the ancient rites of the Cult of Dionysus re-emerge in contemporary Wales, and a musical orgy begins. Will the geeks inherit the earth? Or will they be wiped out by dawn?
26 November 2008 - 26 November 2008

Russell Howard: Dingledodies
Still unfashionably fond of humanity Russell Howard the star of Mock the Week and BBC 6 Music is back in Cardiff with his new stand-up show following 3 sell-out tours in the space of 1 year
26 November 2008

Arad Goch - Yr Ystafell Aros
A Welsh language performance. A new drama by the talented Caryl Lewis - winner of the Welsh Language Book of the Year 2005 (Martha, Jac a Sianco); Tir-Na-Noog prize 2004 (Iawn Boi!); Long List Welsh Book of the Year 2008 (Y Gemydd). This is Caryl’s second play for Arad Goch.
27 November 2008

BBC NOW Concert - The Mind's Eye
BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings classic scenes from the Big Screen to life through a performance of selected works from Beethoven, Wagner and Mozart.
28 November 2008

Departure Terminal
Come round to the Dance House to join us as we bid farewell to our Silver Anniversary year. Toast the next 25 years with a glass of bubbly in the Lounge or Roof Garden after enjoying fresh new works as Diversions dancers turn choreographers and look to the future of dance in Wales
28 November 2008

Chris Cox
BBC Radio 1's resident magician Chris Cox, fuses magic and psychology to create a unique interactive theatrical experience. Fresh from an award-winning, 5 star, sell out Edinburgh Fringe and debut West End Show, the mind reader who says he can't read minds will attempt to prove that he can make you think what he wants you to think, in his hilarious and jaw droppingly amazing show
28 November 2008

Glanaethwy: Dathlu Deunaw
Ysgol Glanaethwy will celebrate its eighteenth birthday this year, and its members are coming down to the capital city to celebrate! This is your chance to join in the celebrations and hear the junior and senior choirs at WMC on the 29th November 200
29 November 2008

Combining stunning dance with live music, Subitango is Tango at its finest. Illustrating 100 years of the history and development of Tango Argentino, Subitango is performed by dancers Mina and Giraldo of Arte Latino Cultural Project (UK's leading tango dance couple), and the musicians of Tango Siempre, in a spectacular live display of the powerful, emotional dance of the Tango.
29 November 2008

Rob Brydon Live Plus Support
One of Wales’ most successful exports, Rob Brydon makes a welcome return to Wales Millennium Centre this autumn. The comic star of Marion & Geoff, Human Remains and The Keith Barrett Show is currently to be seen on TV as Uncle Bryn in the second series of Gavin & Stacey.
30 November 2008 - 09 December 2008

The Joshua Foundation
On the 10th anniversary of Joshua Cornelius’s death from terminal cancer, a choir of 350 voices from schools across South Wales will celebrate the achievements of this Cardiff based children’s cancer charity.
04 December 2008

Phantoms of the Operetta
Music students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and children and staff from Meadowbank School will once again join Odyssey performers on stage to create a colorful extravaganza where Musical meets Torchwood meets Dickens and more!
04 December 2008 - 06 December 2008

Swan Lake
The captivating St Petersburg Ballet Theatre and its superb orchestra present their acclaimed production of Swan Lake. With glittering sets, gorgeous costumes and technically brilliant dance, this acclaimed young company tell the timeless, powerful story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried for the beautiful swan-princess Odette - a story that has captured the hearts of ballet lovers the world over.
05 December 2008

Irina Kolesnikova 10th Anniversary Gala
Celebrating her 10th Anniversary with St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Irina Kolesnikova presents a thrilling evening of classical ballet highlights including La Bayadere (Kingdom of the Shades) Paquita, Le Corsaire, and thrilling pas de deux with stars of St Petersburg Ballet Theatre
06 December 2008

Simon Day: What a fool believes
Simon Day first started in stand up comedy in 1990, winning the time out new act of the year award in 1991. He rose to prominence in ‘The Fast Show’ also touring extensively performing his many characters; this tour will be his first solo stand up tour ever, with no wigs hats, or comedy glasses.
09 December 2008

Watership Down
The SWADA Repertory Company is bringing Watership Down to Cardiff in a brand new musical production. See Fiver, Bigwig, Hazel and Silver come alive as actors transform this much loved story to dance and song. This production is set in the familiar surroundings of the warrens and burrows portrayed by author Richard Adams in his 1972 novel
11 December 2008 - 13 December 2008

Christmas in Graceland
Juan Lozano (as seen on BBC One's The World's Greatest Elvis) returns to Wales Millennium Centre as The King with a seasonal treat. Christmas in Graceland features the fabulous 17 piece 'Graceland Band' and re-creates the 1970s Vegas style shows that Elvis performed, featuring all his greatest hits... and much much more!
12 December 2008

Martyn Geraint: Martyn, Mam & The Golden Eggs
Following the successful Martyn a’r Pws mewn Bwts tour Martyn Geraint (one of Wales’ best known children’s entertainers and S4C presenter) is back again with a brand new pantomime suitable for all ages in the primary school range.
15 December 2008 - 17 December 2008

Cinderella on Ice
The Imperial Ice Stars return to WMC this Christmas following their hit show Swan Lake on Ice in 2006. Featuring World, European and National Championship skaters, Cinderella on Ice is set to a sumptuous, magical score and will literally take your breath away.
17 December 2008 - 04 January 2009

West Side Story
50 years after the show made its London debut, Joey McKneely’s vibrant new stage production of the classic dance musical arrives after wild critical acclaim in Tokyo, Paris and Beijing.
06 January 2009 - 17 January 2009

The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky magnificent score, alive with musical motifs, and performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.
21 January 2009 - 24 January 2009

The Marriage of Figaro
Continuing the action from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Figaro has been described as one of the most perfect operas, containing some of Mozart’s best-loved music.
07 February 2009 - 28 February 2009

The Elixir of Love
A delicious frothy tale of romance on the sunny Italian Riviera. You will feel the sun on your skin in the Italian piazza as the glamorous characters in this love story disclose their roles.
12 February 2009 - 27 February 2009

A powerful combination of faith, violence, sex and sensuality, featuring the UK debut of Erika Sunnega°rdh in the title role.
24 February 2009 - 26 February 2009

Teenage Cancer Trust

01 March 2009

Mary Poppins
Brilliantly adapted from the beloved stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this unforgettable production includes the best-loved songs from the film, including ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. This outstanding, award-winning show boasts some of the finest creative talent ever assembled, including Direction by Richard Eyre, co-Direction by Matthew Bourne, book by Julian Fellowes, Scenic and Costume Design by Bob Crowley, plus several new songs and lyrics from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
11 March 2009 - 18 April 2009

Witches of Eastwick
Three Sexy Ladies. One Lucky Devil. A Hell of a Musical! Marti Pellow stars as the devilish Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick, a bewitching musical based on the Warner Brothers motion picture starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Cher.
21 April 2009 - 25 April 2009

Manon is the tale of a beautiful young girl persuaded into life as a courtesan by her devious brother and the temptation of riches in down and out eighteenth century Paris. Performed by English National Ballet’s 67 dancers and symphony orchestra, this production of Manon promises passion, luxury and love
28 April 2009 - 02 May 2009

The Queen of Spades
The Queen of Spades is based on Alexander Pushkin’s novella, a short masterpiece about a man who loses his fortune and his mind to cards. Herman, an army officer becomes obsessed with learning the secret of the three cards from the Countess.
The Countess - who is known as The Queen of Spades - can only reveal the secret to three men without facing death. She has already told two men the secret, so cannot answer Herman’s question. His obsession costs him dearly - possessions, the woman he loves and ultimately his own life
13 May 2009 - 04 June 2009

La boheme
Living in romantic poverty, this musical story of love and hardship among the bohemians has left a huge impression on audiences with its universal poignancy,
appeal and supreme melodic beauty
18 May 2009 - 06 June 2009

Mitridate, rè di Ponto (in concert)
Sir Charles Mackerras, WNO’s Conductor Emeritus and former Music Director (1987 - 92), returns to the company to conduct this concert performance of Mozart’s Italian opera seria (drama opera) Mitridate, rè di Ponto (Mitridates, King of Pontus).
02 June 2009

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