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Wales Millennium Centre invites all rugby widows to enjoy the perfect girls’ night out this international season     

Wales Millennium Centre invites all rugby widows to enjoy the perfect girls’ night out this international season From romantic ballet to hilarious comedy and the musings of a gang of old women, why not treat yourself to a girls’ night out? You could even make a night of it by booking a table at the Centre’s newly-opened restaurant, Ffresh.

Grumpy Old Women Live 2: Chin Up Britain, 5 November 2009
Donald Gordon Theatre, £20
We might not always admit it, but we women love to moan – and what’s more, we’re good at it, too. Jenny Éclair, Wendi Peters and Susie Blake are the experts in ’grumping’, and here they join forces for 90 minutes of handy hints on getting through these hard times the grumpy way, including: grumping through the ages, menu masochism and other female syndromes, why the recession is good for our kids, celebrity culling, plus The Grumpy Guide to Safe Grumpy Rumpy Pumpy.

Theatr na n’Og: The Bankrupt Bride, 5-6 November 2009
Weston Studio, £8-£12
This brand new sweet and funny musical comedy is set in a department store bridal shop that time forgot. It’s run by eternal optimist and hopeless romantic, Claire Simmons, who only has two problems in her life: her shop is going bankrupt, and she's convinced she will die an old maid. As she battles to save her business, her dreams of finding her perfect man seem impossible as the only men she runs into are grooms-to-be. Written by Penarth playwright Katherine Chandler, the show was created as part of the Centre’s Incubator Project, to develop new drama. A free post-show talk will be held on 5 November 2009.

Pam Ann: UK Layover, 8 November 2009
Donald Gordon Theatre, £17 (Age Restriction 16+)
Tired of endless queues at airport check-in desks, rude security and your best Louis Vuitton bag going astray? Then prepare for a truly first-class service as Pam Ann UK Layover lands in Wales, for one night only. Following her hugely successful Terror At 41,000 Feet national UK tour, Pam Ann has gone on to perform two sold out nights at the Hammersmith Apollo, sold out tours of Europe and Canada and her first very own TV series in Australia. Madonna calls her “cruelly funny”, while she’s toured with Cher and crewed for Elton John.

Linda Marlowe: The World's Wife, 16 November 2009
Weston Studio, £8-£12
Adapted from the poems of Carol Ann Duffy, this show is told from the perspective of the wives of famous men through the ages. From Mrs Faust and Frau Freud to Queen Kong and Mrs Midas, The World’s Wife slices through history and myth, whilst also casting an astute glance over the modern world. Laced with dark humour and acerbic wit, this passionate expose will enthral lovers of Duffy’s poems and newcomers alike, as Marlowe intersperses Duffy’s brilliant and often controversial verse with commentary about the poems.

Independent Ballet Wales: How Green Was My Valley, 28 November 2009
Weston Studio, £8-£12
Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Llewellyn, the Oscar winning film and BBC Wales’ television series, this new production features choreography from Creative Wales Award winner Darius James and stars some of the best young dancers in Europe. Set in the South Wales mining Valleys during the Victorian era, this much-loved story tells the tale of the Morgan family, the hardships they face, and the strength of the community around them. MacMillan Young Composer of the Year Thomas Hewitt Jones provides an atmospheric new commissioned score, while the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama have produced the innovative sets and costumes.

For more information on any of these shows, or to book tickets, call the box office on 08700 40 2000 or visit www.wmc.org.uk

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