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Our Vision

Since opening, the Centre has presented an eclectic and interesting range of artforms, remaining true to its original vision of bringing the best of the world to Wales and showcasing the best of Wales to the world. In our first six years we have already established a track record of excellence and a reputation amongst artists and producers as one of the world’s leading centres for the performing arts.


The best of the world

gergiev-roundel"This cultural institution has the power of a lion and is an international success story.  It is one of the best venues to have been built in many decades. Coming back to Wales Millennium Centre is like returning home." 

Maestro Valery Gergiev


The Centre has become the preferred theatre to open UK/international tours of top class musicals





Les Misérables
(Cameron Mackintosh) 

The Sound of Music
(Lord Lloyd Webber) 

(Stage Entertainment) 


and brought renowned international companies from all the continents of the world to Wales.





The Mariinsky Opera and Ballet
(St Petersburg)  

Carlos Acosta
Ballet Nacional de Cuba 

Porgy and Bess European Premiere 2009 Cape Town Opera 




Cirque Eloize

Mark Morris
(New York) 

Cloudgate Dance Theatre (Taiwan)




Alvin Ailey Dance Company
(New York)

The Ring Cycle European Premiere 2008, Marrinsky Opera, St Petersburg 



The best of Wales

As an artist, the welcome you get, the family atmosphere, the musical preparation and the theatre’s acoustic are all very important, so that’s why I like to return to WNO and Wales Millennium Centre. 
Bryn Terfel


The Centre has

staged hundreds of ticketed performances by Welsh artists and companies in the Donald Gordon Theatre, including

Welsh National Opera
Music Theatre Wales
Jonathan Pryce
Siân Phillips
Karl Jenkins
Dennis O’Neill

Catrin Finch
Robert Hardy
Mathew Rhys
Rob Brydon
Rhod Gilbert
Max Boyce
Katherine Jenkins.


Cymry for the World 2009




Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics sings
on the Glanfa Stage for Children in Need  

Connie Fisher as Maria in
The Sound of Music, 2009  



Max Boyce  

John Owen Jones as Jean Valjean
in Les Miserables, 2009