Cardiff’s New Theatre has announced its Autumn/Winter 2016 at with a mixed schedule of musicals, g drama and top-family entertainment.
Here is what the Theatre says about the new season:
Join Strictly Come Dancing’s Louis Smith with Robin Windsor, Anya Garnis and a host of other professionals in Keep Dancing, celebrating the world of Ballroom and Latin Dance from Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 September. The fast-paced high intensity production guarantees dazzling costumes, breath-taking choreography and a FAB-U-LOUS time.
Murder lurks around every corner when Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap returns to Cardiff by massive popular demand. The legendary box-office smash hit thriller, famous for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, comes back to the New from Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October after record-breaking sell-out visits in 2012 and 2014.
Little Shop of Horrors, one of the longest running of-Broadway shows of all time, arrives in Cardiff from Monday 3 – Saturday 8 October. This charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof features music by the legendary Alan Menken, and stars Welsh favourite Rhydian Roberts.
Dead Sheep is the true story of how Margaret Thatcher, once the most powerful woman in the world, was brought down by Geoffrey Howe with one of the greatest political speeches ever made. This tale of love, honour, loyalty and revenge, starring Steve Nallon, Paul Bradley and Graham Seed, debuts in Cardiff from Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 October.
Timeless love story Ghost The Musical returns to Cardiff in a brand new production from Monday 17 – Saturday 22 October. Starring Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud) and Andrew Moss (Hollyoaks, Doctors), this brings all the romance and magic of the Oscar-winning film to life with stunning music and illusions.
Half term gets that little bit more exciting when one of Roald Dahl’s funniest and most exciting stories, George’s Marvellous Medicine, comes to the New from Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 October. For fizztickling fun and wizzpopping magic for all the family, don’t miss this amazing story.
Don’t miss the unique sound of iconic 60s band The Small Faces in trans-generational musical All or Nothing, from Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 November. The show, which celebrates all that is Mod, features an arsenal of hits including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Tin Soldier, Here Comes the Nice and Itchycoo Park.
Georgia May Foote (Strictly Come Dancing runner-up, Coronation Street) steps into the role that made Audrey Hepburn a megastar in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The story is given a new lease of life as a stage play from Monday 7 – Saturday 12 November in a sparkling and sophisticated production.
Scouts and Guides are disappearing in The Cardiff Gang Show 2016 and the secret lies in the Time Maze. Presented by local young talent from Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 November, all this fantastical, family entertainment comes complete with music, dance and loads of laughs.
By unbelievably popular demand, The Rocky Horror Show returns to Cardiff from Monday 21 – Saturday 26 November. You have one more chance to see the world’s favourite rock n roll musical, so sharpen those stilettos and get ready for the biggest bash in town. Be warned, this show has rude parts!
Charles Dickens’ tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is given the Orbit Theatre treatment when A Christmas Carol comes to Cardiff between Tuesday 29 November – Saturday 3 December. With falling snow, flying ghosts and a trip through the Dickensian streets of London, Wales’ no.1 amateur theatre company presents the perfect show to get your family in the mood for Christmas.
The New Theatre’s pantomime will ‘Hofficially’ be the biggest and best yet as global television and entertainment mega-star David Hasselhoff plays Captain Hook in Peter Pan. The Hoff will be joined by Cardiff’s favourite Panto dame, Mike Doyle, in a swashbuckling panto adventure from Saturday 10 December 2016 – Sunday 8 January 2017.
Mike Doyle, one of Wales’ most popular performers, makes a quick return after Panto with a one-night-only performance on Friday 13 January. Along with his fabulous live band, Mike will bring his unique brand of comedy and music for a sensational evening that is guaranteed to delight and entertain in equal measure.
Join The Witch and her cat in Room on the Broom from Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 January, in this magical, musical, Olivier-nominated adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. There will be plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups!
Tantalising and touching, La Cage Aux Folles is the lavishly funny tale of unconditional love and family values. The award-winning musical comes to the New from Monday 30 January – Saturday 4 February, and features show-stopping hits like The Best of Times, Song on the Sand and I Am What I Am.
Thrilling courtroom drama The Verdict plays in Cardiff from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 February. Based on the powerful international best-seller that also inspired a multi Academy Award-nominated film, this stage adaptation stars Clive Mantle (Game of Thrones, The Vicar of Dibley) and Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe).
Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums of the same name, Dreamboats and Petticoats returns to Cardiff on Monday 13 – Saturday 18 February. The West End sell-out sensation features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, with classic tracks from Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and many more.
A tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. This flagship production for the Roald Dahl 100 celebration sneaks into the New from Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February, promising a huge theatrical feast with live music and songs, ideal for the whole family at half term.
Ray Quinn (X Factor), Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale) and Ruth Madoc (Hi-De-Hi!) lead an all-star cast in The Wedding Singer. The party of the year takes place from Monday 27 February – Saturday 4 March, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.
After a record-breaking run in 2014, Evita is set to thrill audiences in Cardiff once again. Telling the story of Eva Peron, this spectacular show comes to the New on Monday 20 – Saturday 25 March. This spectacular musical features some of the most famous songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night a Thousand Stars and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
Have the time of your life with Dirty Dancing, the ultimate live experience, on Monday 27 March – Saturday 1 April. Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the classic story of Baby and Johnny is even better than before in this record-breaking new production.
Widely considered to be one of Ruth Rendell’s greatest works, A Judgement in Stone appears at the New from Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 April. Rendell’s brilliant plot involves murder, deceit and despair, and is undoubtedly the Queen of Psychological Crime at her thrilling best.
Don’t miss The Play That Goes Wrong from Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April, where everything that can go wrong…does! Endorsed by the likes of Joanna Lumley and Peter Kay, this multi award-winning West End comedy is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
Let Northern Ballet lead you into temptation with original ballet Casanova. At the New from Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April, this is a story so sensational you won’t believe it’s real. This spine-tingling spectacle of 18th Century decadence will flood your senses and take your breath away.
Inspired by the famous recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, worldwide smash-hit musical comes to Cardiff! The true story of one unforgettable night in rock ‘n’ roll history will play out from Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 May.
This season’s performances interpreted in British Sign Language are: Peter Pan (Sunday 8 January 1.00pm); Fantastic Mr Fox (Saturday 25 February 11.00am)
Captioned Performances will be: Little Shop of Horrors (Saturday 8 October 2.30pm); The Rocky Horror Show (Saturday 26 November 5.30pm); Peter Pan (Tuesday 3 January 1.30pm / Saturday 7 January 2.30pm); The Verdict (Thursday 9 February 2.30pm); The Wedding Singer (Saturday 4 March 4.00pm); Evita (Saturday 25 March 2.30pm)
Performances with a live Audio Description are: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Saturday 12 November 2.30pm); A Christmas Carol (Saturday 3 December 2.30pm); Peter Pan (Thursday 5 January 7.00pm / Sunday 8 January 5.00pm); A Judgement in Stone (Saturday 8 April 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 (Bookings subject to a Ticketing Service Charge – exemptions apply)