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Dinnerladies at the New Theatre, Cardiff     

Dinnerladies at the New Theatre, Cardiff For the very first time Victoria Wood’s hit BBC TV sitcom dinnerladies takes to the New Theatre stage in a major national tour. It’s back to the canteen of HWD Components from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 April with original cast members Andrew Dunn and Shobna Gulati for some of Victoria Wood’s funniest writing… and twelve rounds of toast!

The show, which initially ran for two series from 1998 to 2000 was voted in the top ten all-time favourite sitcoms list, a remarkable feat for a programme where only 16 episodes were ever made.

The stage play is based on the second series and follows the reluctant love story between Bren and Tony, originally played by Victoria Wood and Andrew Dunn who recreates his TV role in the stage version. They are egged on by their work colleagues, Dolly, Jean, Twinkle and Anita, the slightly dippy character brilliantly portrayed by Shobna Gulati who also stars in this tour. Making frequent appearances are caretaker Stan, Phillippa from Human Resources and Bren’s truly dreadful mother.

Andrew Dunn and Shobna Gulati are also well-known for their roles in Coronation Street, Shobna having played Sunita Alahan for six years and Andrew for having recently finished playing the role of Roger Stiles.

Joining the cast is Cardiff’s very own Peter Brad-Leigh who plays factory worker Bob. Peter, who is also Deputy Stage Manager for the production, is well-acquainted with the New Theatre having worked as Deputy Box Office Manager many years ago.

Both Victoria Wood and director David Graham were concerned that the touring cast and production should bear a very close resemblance to the well-loved TV series and this is exactly what happened. The strong and experienced cast re-create some of the best loved sitcom characters and deliver some of the funniest lines on television.

dinnerladies is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 April. Tickets range from £7.00 - £25.50 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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New Theatre, Cardiff
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 April
Evenings 7.30pm; Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday Matinees 2.30pm
Tickets: £7.00 - £25.50
Box Office: 029 2087 8889
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New Theatre Cardiff  
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