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Kicking off the music season at The Coliseum Theatre on Thursday 25 September is The Ultimate Cliff and The Shadows Show, We Say Yeah!, this feel-good show celebrates the timeless music of Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Also coming up at The Coliseum on Friday 3 October is Elio Pace performing the Billy Joel Songbook, with all your favourite Billy Joel classics this promises to be a night to remember. At The Park & Dare Theatre on Friday 26 September Keith James presents Time Let Me Play, an evening of brave and compelling songs from the poetry of Dylan Thomas which will be performed in the intimate surroundings of The Lounge Bar. The Park & Dare Theatre is also the place to be on Thursday 23 October as the ‘flirtatiously funky’ trio The Shee take to the stage and perform their mesmerising mix of Scottish folk, Gaelic song and Bluegrass. Plus The Park & Dare Theatre Lounge Bar also plays host to Tim Chaisson & Kizzy Crawford on Friday 14 November. Canadian Roots based singer/songwriter Tim is a multi-instrumentalist who will dazzle you with his superb vocals and captivating performance. Up and coming Kizzy is a Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage whose music combines bilingual folk, soul and jazz creating a fusion that truly is a unique sound. The music season at The Park & Dare ends on a massive high when Joan Armatrading performs for one night only on Friday 28 November, as part of her Solo World tour, this intimate concert will include a fantastic mix of magical old favourites plus more recent compositions.

Opera fans will be delighted that Mid Wales Opera are making a welcomed return to The Coliseum Theatre on Thursday 2 October with their dazzling production of the world famous opera Carmen. This crowd-pleasing production with a live orchestra will feature all the classics from this much-loved favourite.

Drama lovers are spoilt rotten at The Park & Dare Theatre this autumn with Pontardawe Arts Centre’s fast-moving production of The Merchant of Venice on Monday 29 September. This exciting and accessible version tells the story of prejudice and revenge, love and money and fills the stage with all the dramatic action you would expect from this classic Shakespearian tale. Plus Theatr Iolo’s thrilling new production Adventures In The Skintrade plays on Wednesday 15 October as part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. Dylan Thomas’s gloriously surreal coming-of-age and unfinished novel is given new life by acclaimed writer, Lucy Gough (Hollyoaks, Wuthering Heights, Creative Wales Award winner) in a special production for the Thomas centenary.

If comedy is the thing for you, you’ll love Frank Vickery’s hilarious comedy Easy Terms which will play at the Muni Pontypridd from Tuesday 30 September to Saturday 4 October. Written in Frank’s usual comedic style and packed full of his hilarious one-liners, this comedy is a wonderfully entertaining play and a laugh-out-loud classic. Also coming up at The Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 October is the brand new Black RAT production of the Alan Ackbourn classic Bedroom Farce. Starring Gareth Bale, Richard Tunley and Kieron Self, this hilarious comedy is another sure-fire hit for Black RAT productions - the team behind Bouncers, Neville’s Island and last year's high-flying hit Boeing Boeing. Funny and gripping this sophisticated ‘70s comedy lifts the lid on the secrets of marriage - from the impetuous joy of new love to unshakable lifelong partnership. Tightly written and exceptionally funny this Ayckbourn comic masterpiece is brought to you with the usual Black RAT high energy and gusto!

All this, plus the traditional family panto Jack and The Beanstalk. Starring Welsh favourites Frank Vickery and Lee Gilbert this dazzling new production is full of magical special effects, spectacular scenery and giant-sized comedy. Grab the best seats in the house by booking early for the The Coliseum Theatre -Friday 5 December to Tuesday 16 December and The Park & Dare Theatre - Friday 19 December to Sunday 28 December.

To book your tickets please call the Box Office on 08000 147 111 or book online @ www.rct-arts.co.uk
 
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