After taking CM to see Joseph this week I was reminded that I must get better at planning what we’re seeing at the theatre. I do love taking the children, and I enjoy going without them. As I started looking at all Cardiff theatre has on offer the various websites. I built up quite a list which I’d thought I’d share. Especially as there’s quite a bit on it which I’ve missed, until now.
There’s quite a bit coming up in Cardiff which I’m looking forward to the children seeing.In a fit of organisation I had already bought tickets for us to see The Scarecrows’ Wedding at the Sherman Theatre (7th-8th June) as they love books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Typically my diary hasn’t played ball and I’ve had to ask my mum to take them.
So, now I have to make it up to them! There’s a lot on which I think the children are too old for now, but we’ve seen before and loved.
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is at the New Theatre from 15th – 16th July. We loved seeing this live a few years ago at St David’s Hall, so would definitely recommend.
The Gruffalo is at the New Theatre from 31st August – 3rd September. I took CM to see this at the Millennium Centre when she was little, and we all saw The Gruffalo’s Child at the New Theatre. I’m so tempted to take them all, but think CM might consider herself to grown up – can you ever be too old for the Gruffalo?
Milkshake! Live is at the Millennium Centre on 9th July, this is another we saw at St David’s Hall. Another to recommend but another I’m wondering about whether it’s a little too young for mine now.
Which means we might be waiting a while for my family trip. And I think it might be Around the World in 80 days at the New Theatre from 19th – 24th September which has my interest. I may need to get the children’s cartoon from my childhood out of my head first.
As always there’s so much to look forward to at the Sherman Theatre. How My Light Is Spent transfers to the Sherman from 16th – 27th May. Given it’s by Alan Harris, the writer of Love, Lies and Taxidermy, my expectations are high.The Crucible is at the New Theatre (23rd – 27th May). I love Arthur Miller’s work so I’m really excited to see this play brought to the stage.
Three Days in the Country is at Chapter from 26th May – 2nd June. A Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama production, I’ve really wanted to see this play and as yet have not seen a RWMCD production.
I’ve decided I can get over my disappointment of missing The Scarecrows’ Wedding by stopping off at the Sherman on my way from London to see Constellations (8th – 10th June). Telling the story of free will, friendship, quantum multiverse theory, love and honey is probably a good way to get over work.
After recently seeing a Taking Flight production, I’m intrigued to see The Tempest whilst it’s at Chapter and surrounding locations (8th – 18th June). I’m a little intrigued by Flowers which is at Chapter from 8th -10th June. With puppetry, improv and live music, alongside a slightly random plotline, I’m looking forward to finding out what’s the production has in store.
Jane Eyre is at WMC (27th June – 1st July) as part of its tour. I managed to see this at the National Theatre, don’t let the duration put you off- it’s fantastic.
And just to really get me excited, there’s a banner going round on the Sherman website promoting The Cherry Orchard from 13th – 28th October. One of my set text of theatre studies (ahem, 20 years ago). A reimagining by Gary Owen, directed by Rachel O’Riordan. There’s already too much in this to be excited for.
Open Air Theatre
A bit like pub theatre, there’s something special about watching theatre outside. The Cardiff Open Air Festival is back in Sophia Gardens this year with its usual diverse programme. Like past years, there’s something for everyone and this year it includes Spamalot (22nd June – 1st July); The Vicar Of Dibley (6th – 15th July); Macbeth (20th -29th July); Aladdin (22nd July – 29th July); Twelfth Night -Youth Theatre production (23rd July), and something a bit new on the 9th July – Hello Cabaret.
I always overlook seeing music live, despite spending much of my twenties enjoying bands such as ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’. Some memories stay never leave. As I was looking for inspiration, alongside Ffresh at WMC, there’s a lot on offer at St David’s Hall.
As well as some comedians I’m tempted to see, although this is always a negotiation given Mr J and I either completely agree or not, there’s quite a few bands. Texas are performing on 11th September and The Pretenders on 6th October. And, thank you St David’s Hall, Alison Moyet is there on 18th November and I’ve just sorted my dad’s birthday present.
After seeing Joseph, I’m keen to see Funny Girl at the Millennium Centre (4th – 8th July). For a proper trip down memory lane I’d love to see Blood Brothers at the New Theatre (26th – 30th September), dare I think how long ago this was a set text for my Drama GCSE?!
Phew! That’s quite a list. Especially because I know how much I’ve missed!
Are you off to the theatre soon?
What would you recommend?