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SPRING 2004 SEASON AT THE NEW THEATRE     

The New Theatre, Cardiff has a whole host of top quality drama, music, dance and family entertainment this season. An inspiring programme of drama boasts a wealth of classics including Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE starring Tara Fitzgerald, THE CONSTANT WIFE by Somerset Maugham and Noël Coward’s THE MARQUISE with Kate O’Mara. Clwyd Theatr Cymru return to the New Theatre with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST directed by Terry Hands. Musical entertainment this season comes in the form of the great classic GREASE alongside the new Boy George Musical TABOO starring Julian Clary. Cardiff’s own Orbit Theatre Company provides family entertainment with PETER PAN – A Musical Adventure, a firm favourite for generations. The Spring Season closes in style with Diversions, The Dance Company of Wales making their annual visit to the New Theatre with their new pieces ‘Psycho-Delia’ and ‘Monolith’. And of course, no season would be complete without WELSH NATIONAL OPERA performing another collection of world class productions. Looking ahead to the Summer, Northern Ballet Theatre presents a haunting and romantic SWAN LAKE, Rula Lenska and William Gaunt star in 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, MY BOY JACK, a new play written by and starring David Haig comes to the New Theatre for the first time and the international smash hit musical BLOOD BROTHERS makes a welcome return.

Clwyd Theatr Cymru opens the season on Tuesday 9 March with a production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. Directed by Terry Hands and featuring a predominantly Welsh cast, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is a biting and ultimately tragic satire. A hugely influential work of American Literature, based on Ken Kesey’s groundbreaking Beat Generation novel, this searing battle of wills between oppression and conformity has an anti-establishment appeal that has lasted over 40 years.

Continuing with groundbreaking drama, Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE comes to the New Theatre from 16 March. Considered by many to be one of Ibsen’s finest plays, A DOLL’S HOUSE was deemed shocking when first staged and has themes that remain poignant today. Tara Fitzgerald, star of Brassed Off, Sirens and Hear My Song, takes on the main role of Nora Helmar, the woman who recreates her identity in this play of family and ferocity.
The New Theatre welcomes an all-star cast in Somerset Maugham’s classic comedy THE CONSTANT WIFE from Monday 22 March. One of London’s biggest hits last summer, THE CONSTANT WIFE is a charming, light-hearted, satirical comedy, packed with the wit Maugham’s works are famous for. A distinguished cast includes Liza Goddard (Take Three Girls, The Brothers, Yes Honestly and Bergerac) and Susan Penhaligon (most recently seen with David Jason in A Touch of Frost). It has recently been confirmed that they will be joined by Steven Pinder, best known as Max Farnham in Brookside.

The all-time favourite musical GREASE makes a welcome return to the New Theatre from Monday 29 March. Recently voted Number One in Channel 4’s Top 100 Musicals, GREASE is packed with explosive energy, vibrant 1950’s culture and a host of hit songs including ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

There’s family fun as Cardiff’s own Orbit Theatre presents PETER PAN - A Musical Adventure from Tuesday 6 April. Following huge successes with ANNIE and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Orbit Theatre return to the New Theatre stage with this classic that has been a firm favourite for generations. With songs, comedy, excitement and spectacular flying sequences, Peter’s escapades are guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

From 12 April the New Theatre is delighted to present Kate O’Mara in Noël Coward’s THE MARQUISE. In this rarely performed comedy, Kate appears alongside stars of ITV1’s The Royal : Michael Jayston, Denis Lill, Paul Fox, Paul Fox and Zoie Kennedy. THE MARQUISE tells of an influential father in 18th Century France, and his attempts to arrange a marriage for his daughter. The daughter, however, has a lover of her own – so they must call in The Marquise to save the situation. With a beautiful setting and all the style and glamour of the age of chivalry, this is a truly delightful play.

Julian Clary stars in The Boy George Musical, TABOO from Monday 19 April. This dazzling new show with music and lyrics by Boy George, has enjoyed huge success in the West End and on Broadway. TABOO is a musical portrait of a brief but remarkable era – London in the early 1980’s, featuring the classic music of Culture Club alongside 20 brand new songs written by Boy George. TABOO focuses on two young men, Leigh Bowery (played by Julian Clary) a brilliant, anarchic performance artist/designer and George O’Dowd, a young rough-edged boy who arrives in London and becomes the surprising crossover star of the scene, Boy George. Both stories are played out against the fantastic background of Taboo, the club that had come to symbolize the mad excess and decadent fun of 1980s London.

Diversions, The Dance Company of Wales is back at the New Theatre for a fourth consecutive year with a double bill by two of Europe’s most exciting choreographers. From 28 April until 1 May, Diversions will perform ‘Psycho-Delia’ by Welsh choreographer Sean Tuan John and ‘Monolith’ by Toni Mira.


WELSH NATIONAL OPERA’s season from Saturday 15 May until Saturday 5 June includes a new production of LA TRAVIATA by Verdi, alongside Bizet’s CARMEN and KATYA KABANOVA by Janáèek.

Looking forward to the Summer Season, Rula Lenska and William Gaunt star in the timeless love story 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD from Tuesday 8 June. Northern Ballet Theatre returns to Cardiff from 15 June with David Nixon’s exciting new adaptation of SWAN LAKE. A new play written by and starring David Haig (The Thin Blue Line, Four Weddings and a Funeral) will be at the New Theatre from 21 June. MY BOY JACK is based on the true story of Rudyard Kipling – a powerful and moving account of the tragic life of one of Britain’s most prolific poets. From 28 June for two weeks, BLOOD BROTHERS returns to Cardiff starring Linda Nolan as Mrs Johnstone. This phenomenal success has been hailed by some as the greatest musical of the decade.

Spring and Summer performances interpreted in British Sign Language are A DOLL’S HOUSE (Saturday 20 March 2.30pm), TABOO (Saturday 24 April 4.00pm), MY BOY JACK (Saturday 26 June 2.30pm) and BLOOD BROTHERS (Saturday 3 July 2.30pm). On Saturday 13 March at 2.30pm ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST will carry a live Audio Description for visually impaired theatre-goers as will 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD (Saturday 12 June 2.30pm) and BLOOD BROTHERS (Saturday 10 July 2.30pm). These performances are interpreted or described by Erika James.

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.
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Issued 10/01/04

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