Theatre in Wales

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TAKE THAT MUSICAL, THE BAND, COMES TO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE THIS JANUARY Written by award winning writer Tim Firth, and featuring the music of Take That, The Band is a story for anyone who grew up with a boyband and how those songs became the soundtrack to their lives.

Against a musical backdrop of Take That songs, the story tells of five 16 year-old friends in 1992 for whom ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years on, the group of friends, now 40-something women, try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

In an interview with Take That about The Band, Mark Owen said, “Seven years ago the first idea, the first seedling of an idea of a musical that could incorporate our music, came about. But not necessarily about us, In fact, anything BUT about us. We’d find that a bit dull; we wanted to make it more interesting!”

Songs include Never Forget, Back For Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire, Shine & Rule the World and starring the winners from the BBC's Let it Shine, Five To Five.

For the full syndicated interview with Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams please contact

The Band will be in Wales Millennium Centre 9-20 January 2018


Barrowland Ballet: Poggle- Vince wants to explore the forest but is too scared, until one day he meets Poggle, a friendly creature. Together they go on an adventure through the forest where they discover the magical musical tree. A warm hearted sensory dance theatre piece with live music, clapping rhythms and comedy throughout in an imaginatively changing world which the children have the chance to explore. This show is part of Cardiff Dance Festival and showing at Weston Studio.
10 Nov - 11 Nov

Tiger Bay The Musical- This epic new musical produced by Wales Millennium Centre, follows a young woman’s determination to challenge society’s injustices, follow her heart and realise her dreams. With rousing music and unforgettable characters including John Owen-Jones as the Third Marquess of Bute, Tiger Bay will transport you to the notorious public houses and alleyways of the city’s underworld at this extraordinary turning point in history.
13-25 November

Miss Saigon- Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon has embarked on a major UK Tour.
Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards 2015 including Best Show, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Press night will be on 5 December.
29 Nov 2017 - 06 Jan 2018

The Bear- Based on Raymond Briggs' much-loved storybook, The Bear is a heart-warming and humorous wintry tale featuring dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs. An unforgettable experience for the whole family The Bear is a perfect introduction to theatre for little people. The Bear will be showing at Weston Studio.
12 - 31 December

Ffresh Live- There’ll be a mixture of old favourites with some new delights along the way- including electrifying live music, witty spoken-word, side-splitting comedy, opera like no one has seen before, musical theatre and circus inspired soirees.

Acts include:

Opera'r Ddraig
Fri 10 Nov 17

Hello Cabaret
Sat 18 Nov 17, Fri 01 Dec 17

A Merry Tootsie Christmas
Sat 02 Dec 17

Claire Martin
Fri 08 Dec 17

Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood
Sat 09 Dec 17

Ernie Sparkles' Office Christmas Party
Fri 15 Dec 17

An evening with Mat Ricardo, with special guest Pete Wardell
Sat 16 Dec 17


One of New Adventures’ most loved productions Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War.

Fresh from their triumph playing Victoria Page in The Red Shoes, the role of ‘Cinderella’ will be performed by Cordelia Braithwaite and Ashley Shaw. Cinderella’s heroic Pilot, ‘Harry’, will be performed by Will Bozier, Andrew Monaghan and Dominic North. ‘The Angel’, Cinderella’s ‘Fairy GodFather’, will be danced by Paris Fitzpatrick and Liam Mower. ‘Sybil’, Cinderella’s Step-Mother, is performed by Madelaine Brennan, Michela Meazza (London only) and Anjali Mehra. ‘Robert’, Cinderella’s Father, is performed by Alan Vincent and Dan Wright.

Matthew Bourne said, “Cinderella is one of my most heartfelt works and a personal favourite amongst my re-imagined classic stories. I’m delighted to have brought together this cast of current star performers, experienced New Adventures veterans and exciting young talent. I’m thrilled to see another generation of Company dancers take on this beloved production”

Cinderella is at Wales Millennium Centre between 10 April – 22 April 2018

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the adult casting for the UK & Ireland tour of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.

Craige Els will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, having played her in the West End for three years between 2014 and 2017. He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey and Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood as well as former West End cast-mate Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood.

Craige Els has previously appeared on stage in Timon of Athens and on screen in Ripper Street and Call The Midwife. Carly Thoms most recently starred as Natella/Ludvica in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Rebecca Thornhill is an Olivier Award-nominated actress who’s previous stage credits include lead roles in From Here To Eternity, Mary Poppins and Chicago. Sebastien Torkia has a wide range of theatre credits which include the original West End casts of Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical has now been seen by more than 7 million people worldwide. It’s written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.

Matilda The Musical is at Wales Millennium Centre between 4 December 2018– 12 January 2019


Bafta and Olivier Award winning performer Sheridan Smith embarks on her debut UK tour, following the release of her brand new self-titled album, Sheridan. Cuffe & Taylor by arrangement of Coda Presents Sheridan in Concert will be touring some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres through April and May 2018.

Sheridan In Concert is at Wales Millennium Centre 29 April 2018


Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, JERSEY BOYS is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got) and Bye Bye Baby.

Michael Watson will be playing Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey will be Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan will be Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths will be Nick Massi. Dayle Hodge will return to the production to play Frankie Valli at certain performances.

Michael Watson made his West End debut in We Will Rock You and was also in the original London casts of Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. Declan Egan played the role of Bob Gaudio in JERSEY BOYS in his native Australia and has toured the USA in The Book Of Mormon. Lewis Griffiths played Johnny Castle in the recent tour of Dirty Dancing. Dayle Hodge made his West End debut as Chip in the original London cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and has appeared in Les Misérables.

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 25 million people worldwide.

JERSEY BOYS is at Wales Millennium Centre between 16-26 January 2019

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Rhian Richards
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