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RWCMD opens itís Autumn Drama Season     

RWCMD opens itís Autumn Drama Season RWCMD opens it’s Autumn Drama Season with
August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts
Dave Bond Director

Get ready to meet the Westons….

This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts has been electrifying Broadway audiences with its thrilling story, captivating performances and scathingly intelligent humour. Now with special permission from the writer this exceptional play comes to Cardiff to be performed for the first time since its award winning run with Steppenwolf production.

As the Weston family reunites the family home explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets, exposing the darker side of the classic Midwestern American family. A vanished father, a pill popping mother and sisters with secrets all lead to uproar in the family home.
This is the kind of theatre event you'll talk about for months… and remember forever.

Director Dave Bond lets us into the inspiration behind the production:

“A year or so ago in New York, I had a free evening and wandered off-Broadway looking for a show. I almost gave a lot of dollars to see the musical version of Spring Awakening but chose instead a theatre across the street which was playing Tracey Letts’ new play August: Osage County. What I saw was a very rare thing, a play of ambition and epic proportion, reminiscent of Miller, Albee and O’Neil. Here was a work which was crafted, moral and humane. I couldn’t wait to get to work directing a production back home.”
‘This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays.’ Time Magazine
'Tracy Letts' painfully funny portrait of America is the must-see play of the year - possibly a lifetime.'Mail on Sunday

Bute Theatre, RWCMD, CF10 3ER
Fri 23 – Sat 31 October, 7.30pm
Wed 28 October, 2.30pm
£10, £8

WARNING: This production contains extremely strong language
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Great Expectations
– Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel
– Tim Stark Director
Using only Charles Dickens’ extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors, Neil Bartlett’s powerful stage version of this much-loved story brings its settings and characters to thrilling theatrical life. From its opening image of little Pip, alone on the windswept marshes, to the haunted darkness of mad Miss Haversham’s cobweb-strewn lair, this recent adaptation takes its audience on a journey right to the heart of Dickens’ great exploration of childhood terrors and hopes - and of adult dreams and regrets.
Bute Theatre, RWCMD
Thurs 3 – Sat 12 December, 7.30pm
£10, £8

– By Joe Penhall
– Ian Hastings Director
In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary
tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service, Blue/Orange premiered at London’s Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000 and transferred to the West End in 2001.

“Provocative, blackly funny [and] taut with though-provoking ambiguity”
The Independent
Chapter Stiwdio, Chapter Arts Centre
Tues 8 – Sat 12 December, 7.30pm
£10, £8

Please note there are no performances on Sunday or Monday.
For tickets contact the Box Office on 029 2039 1391 or

For more information on these and other events at RWCMD this season visit

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