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Summer 2014 season announced at the New Theatre, Cardiff.     

Summer 2014 season announced at the New Theatre, Cardiff.

Based on the hit TV series, Happy Days – A New Musical (Tuesday 29 April – Saturday 3 May) is set to have New Theatre audiences rocking ‘n’ rolling all week long. Everyone’s favourite 50s family the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang – Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi battle to save their beloved diner Arnold’s from demolition. In a race against time it’s up to the king of cool Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli to save the day.

Starring Warwick Davis, See How They Run (Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 May 2014), is a big comedy that’s not short on laughs. Full of hilarious comic situations, involving mistaken identity, doors and vicars but the comedy is heightened by the fact that the cast are all under four foot tall!

The Things We Do For Love, Alan Ayckbourn’s uproariously funny play staring Natalie Imbruglia comes to Cardiff from Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May.

Let It Be (Monday 19 – Saturday 24 May) is the spectacular concert celebration of The Beatles, the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Packed with over 40 of their classic songs this hit show charts their meteoric rise from humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces.

Wales’ no. 1 amateur company Orbit Theatre makes a welcome return with the magical musical Doctor Dolittle from Wednesday 28 May – Saturday 1 June. The whole family will enjoy this take of an eccentric but kindly doctor who can talk to animals - it’s the perfect half term treat!

Starring Christopher Timothy, Dial M for Murder comes to the New Theatre from Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 June. Convinced his wife is having an affair, Tony, with thrilling precision, plans to commit the perfect murder. Claustrophobic and frightening, this new production reclaims this brilliant an erotic tale of betrayal passion and ultimately, murder.

Having enjoyed enormous popularity as a much-loved series of books and a television series, the heart-warming tales of country vet James Herriot are coming to the stage in All Creatures Great and Small from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 June. Starring Susan Penhaligan (A Fine Romance) and Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) the play captures the laughter, joy and magic of the original novels and will transport audiences back to a simpler time on the Yorkshire moors.

Inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, 20th Century Boy explodes onto the stage from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 June, nearly four decades after the iconic star’s tragic death. Packed with all T.Rex’s 70s hits this brand new musical is a glorious story and celebration of glam rock at its colourful best.

Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show Barmy Britain (Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 June). Featuring all new amazing 3D effects, kids and adults alike will love finding about the horrible history of Britain with all the nasty bits left in. Suggested Age 5+

Celebrating 25 amazing years, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story returns to Cardiff from Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 July. This feel good show charts the life of Buddy Holly from meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, That’ll Be the Day and Johnny B. Goode, this is the most successful rock and roll show of all time.

Much-loved children’s book The Gruffalo is brought to life on stage from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 July. With plenty of songs, laughs and fun, this monster family show is the ideal introduction to live theatre for children and their grown-ups. Suggested age 3+

National treasure Dawn French stars in 30 Million Minutes, which will be stopping off in Cardiff from Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 July. This one woman show will consist of various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as Dawn takes audiences through the various lessons 30 million minutes of life have taught her.

Dance fans are in for a treat with Flash Mob: Where Dance Worlds Collide from Friday 25 – Saturday 26 July. This innovative show sees stars from the best TV dance programmes including Kevin Clifton & Karen Hauer (Strictly Come Dancing) and Flawless (Britain’s Got Talent) join forces for a spectacular dance showcase.

If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at a theatre, now is your chance to find out. Running at various times on Friday 1 & Saturday 2 August, Theatre Tours will give people a chance to learn about the theatre’s long history, head up to the fly tower and to meet the technical crew who will demonstrate their lighting, sound and pyrotechnic skills.

Dance, live music, film and performance meld together in Dawns Haf (Saturday 9 August), a vibrant celebration of young dance talent. This evening of creative contemporary dance will enthral and excite young dancers and dance lovers alike.

Wales’ own Ceri Dupree celebrates thirty years of performing by paying homage to some of his favourite ladies in Fit For a Queen (Friday 12 & Saturday 13 September). Side-splitting comedy, eye-popping costumes and musical parodies make for another Ceri Dupree show that is not to be missed.

Based on Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monk’s colourful farmyard adventure, What the Ladybird Heard (Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 September) is the fun-filled family treat full of live music, puppetry and lots of laughs. Suggested age 3+

The Williams family makes a welcome return in The Good, the Bad and the Welsh! (Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 September). This time they are off to Las Vegas in another hilarious, action-packed comedy.

Back by popular demand, The Mousetrap returns to the New Theatre from Tuesday 30 September – Saturday 4 October. This record-breaking play is full of twists and turns as Agatha Christie’s brilliantly intricate plot keeps audiences guessing right until the curtain falls.

Starring Ben Richards (Footballers Wives) and Cardiff’s own Noel Sullivan (We Will Rock You), the West End’s most raucous musical Rock of Ages bursts into Cardiff from Monday 6 – Saturday 11 October. Full of classic hits including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, I Wanna Know What Love Is and Don’t Stop Believing’ this celebration of classic 80s rock culture will have audiences reaching for their air guitar at every performance.

West End star Jodi Prenger joins a talented cast of actor-musicians for a brand new production of classic musical Calamity Jane from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 October. Full of toe-tapping hits such as The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack Away), The Black Hills of Dakota, Just Blew in from the Windy City, Secret Love and many more this is a high energy musical not to be missed. Yee-Ha!

The moving stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird comes to Cardiff from Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 October. This powerful drama follows a lawyer defending a black man accused of attacking a white woman during the American Depression.

After an unforgettable visit in 2013, Clive Webb and Danny Adams are back with Cirque Du Hilarious: Daredevils & Clowns 2014 on Monday 27 October. Full of madness & mayhem, this brand new show for 2014, is two hours of mind-blowing entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Suggested Age 5+

Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders return to the New Theatre for one night only on Thursday 30 October. Back after their sell out show in 2012, this is a rare opportunity to catch the legend in his hometown.

Diving into action, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure (Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 November) is a fun packed interactive show featuring music and all the Octonauts characters live on stage for the very first time. With special prices for under 16s and families, this brand new show is a perfect introduction to live theatre for all little adventurers. Suggested age 2+

Based on Peter James’ bestselling crime thriller, The Perfect Murder comes to the New from Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 November. Nothing is quite as it seems in this dark comedy thriller and this entertaining plot, full of clever twists, thrills audiences right to the very end.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts, the much awaited sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats, bursts onto the New Theatre stage from Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 November. Full of the same wit, charm and great songs as the original this new musical will be a sure fire hit with audiences everywhere.

Enchanted pumpkins, sparkling glass slippers, a pair of Ugly Sisters and Lee Mead (Casualty) as the handsome Prince Charming can mean only one thing, the magical pantomime Cinderella is coming to the New Theatre from Saturday 13 December 2014 – Sunday 18 January 2015.

This season’s performances interpreted in British Sign Language are: Dial M for Murder (Sat 7 June 2.30pm) & Cinderella (Thurs 8 Jan 2015 7.00pm & Sun 11 Jan 2015 1.00pm).

Captioned Performances will be: The Perfect Murder (Sat 8 Nov 2.30pm) & Cinderella (Sun 4 Jan 1.00pm).

Performances with a live Audio Description are Doctor Dolittle (Sat 31 May 1.30pm), The Mousetrap (Sat 4 Oct 2.30pm), Cinderella (Thurs 15 Jan 7.00pm & Sat 17 Jan 2.30pm)

Tickets for all these shows are on sale now from the New Theatre Box Office on Cardiff (029) 2087 8889 or
online at www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk (online bookings carry a small additonal transaction charge).
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