Woo hoo. It’s that time of year again, the time of year when tickets go on sale for the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival.
The Theatre Festival takes place annually during the summer in Sophia Gardens. It’s a festival you will never forget. With great talent, food and a welcoming ambience, anyone who’s attended a performance will tell you they loved it! You can read my review of lasts year production of The Vicar Of Dibley HERE
This year the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival celebrates the launch of their 36th Festival.
Attracting over 15,000 visitors, it’s the largest theatre event of its kind in the U.K. Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival, Proud Winners at The Cardiff Life Awards in the Event Category, is offering 8 productions to satisfy the cultural appetites of the Capital City.
Employing home-grown Welsh talent and fostering the future of theatre, the festival is proud to showcase professional directing talents of Cardiff’s own Richard Tunley (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama), Peter Doran, (Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & 2017 Best Director for Belonging at the Wales Theatre Awards) and Simon H West (Bristol Old Vic)
If like me your looking for the highest of quality theatre productions without the elitist price tag, Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival is for you!
This is the summer event in Cardiff not to be missed!
The Merchant Of Venice (21st June – 30th June)
Shakespeare’s Comedy of Love, Sex, Power & Revenge.
Money! Portia has it, Bassanio wants it, Shylock loans it, Antonio borrows it.
Directed by Simon H West, his 14th Production for the Festival!
Stand Up in the Park (Sunday 24th June)
Following last year’s enormous success, professional Stand Up comics provide an evening of hilarity! In Association with Amnesty International.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Screening (Sunday 1st July)
A new experience at the festival! A screening of the riotous and raunchy Rocky Horror Show! From the producers of the smash hit “Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music”
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (12)
The Campest Cult Classic of all time gets the Singalonga treatment it’s been SCREAMING for! Featuring the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonderful romp ever. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this!
The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free interactive props bag. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!
Please note that this is a screening of the iconic movie and not a live stage show
Dad’s Army (5th July – 14th July)
Don’t Panic! The Homeguard will be marching into Sophia Gardens this summer. This much loved British sitcom has been specially adapted for the stage and has all your favourite Walmington On Sea platoon members. Directed by Peter Doran, 2017 Best Director for Belonging at the Wales Theatre Awards.
Hello Cabaret In The Park (Sunday 15th July)
Back by popular demand! A celebration of musical theatre showcasing re-imagined classics and hidden gems.
Performed by a selection of professional musical theatre actors, this sell out event last year was a huge hit at the festival.
Fiddler On The Roof (19th July – 28th July)
A heartwarming and hilarious musical that will delight audiences. Tevye & the colourful community of Anatevka witness his daughters fall in love in a time of extraordinary change.
Directed by Richard Tunley, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, & Musical Direction from Rob Thorne Jr, the creative team that brought you 2017’s smash hit ‘Spamalot’!
Seussical Jr. (21st July – 28th July)
AndGo Productions return with Seussical Jr, A Madcap Musical for all the Family!
Their Family musicals at Sophia Gardens never disappoint. Previous productions include Beauty & The Beast Jr, The Little Mermaid Jr & peter Pan Jr. For all the young at heart!
King Lear: Everyman Youth (Sunday 22nd July)
Everyman Youth Theatre brings one of Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedies to the open air! An abridged version of this classic play, perfect for youngsters learning Shakespeare in school!
And if this year’s line up has not got you excited, The Grazing Shed will be back serving their super tidy burgers in the Courtyard.
Fancy a tipple? The Festival Bar will be open an hour before each performance to whet your appetite.
Undercover seating is provided prior to the performance, and don’t forget the audience stand is fully undercover and sheltered from the Great British summer weather…it’s only the actors who get wet!
I am really looking forward to reviewing some of this year’s productions. Follow me HERE
To buy tickets please CLICK HERE
Telephone Box Office: 0333 666 3366