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Spectacular summer shows

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer… summer is finally on its way! Here are our top 10 shows coming up this summer. 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

30 May – 3 June 2023 

From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman, comes the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship is a five-star spectacular which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling that takes audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it.

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There’s something for all tastes at Cabaret.  

Bad Sex Writing Workshop – 4 June 

Have a go at writing your own tongue-in-cheek, deliberately bad erotic fiction with writer and Plymouth Laureate of Words, Laura Horton. 

Rhys Nicholson: RHYS, RHYS, RHYS, – 14 June  

Star of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, winner of Best Show Sydney Comedy Festival 2022. 

Burlesque Book Club – 14 July  

Hosted by one of the UK's top comedy burlesque performers, Titsalina Bumsquash. 

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6 – 10 June 2023 

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and has become the hottest star on Broadway? SpongeBob SquarePants!  

Starring Pop Idol and musical superstar Gareth Gates and RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Divina De Campo, The SpongeBob Musical is written by Kyle Jarrow and conceived by Tina Landau and features a tidal wave of original songs by the world’s most iconic rock and pop artists.  

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Welsh National Opera: Candide

22 – 24 June 2023 

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a supercharged wild ride in which 18th-century France crashes into 20th-century post-war America. Take a seat and strap in tight for a mind-boggling journey as you hurtle through a fantastical world of chaos – from castles in the Alps to skyscrapers in Montevideo, from earthquakes in Lisbon to the Amazonian jungles beyond the Andes. With societies riven by inequality and families displaced by war today, the story remains as relevant now as when it was first written in 1759. 

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Greatest Days

27 June – 1 July 2023 

Relight Your Fire with this sensational new production of Take That’s smash hit musical Greatest Days. Featuring more than 15 record-breaking Take That songs, alongside a heart-warming and hilarious story of love, loss and laughter from award-winning writer Tim Firth that will make your heart Shine. 

Greatest Days stars the award-winning Kym Marsh, who shot to stardom in noughties band Hear’Say and now best known for Coronation Street, Waterloo Road and as a presenter on the BBC’s Morning Live. 

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3 – 8 July 2023  

The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Cardiff, direct from London’s West End. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! 

With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it! 

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Winnie the Pooh

3 – 5 August 2023 

Disney’s iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh... and don’t forget Tigger too!) have come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation. 

Featuring the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne, this beautiful fresh stage adaptation is told with stunning life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love, in a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood. 

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8 – 12 August 2023 

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. 

Think you know the rhyme, think again… 

Divorced. Beheaded. Live! 

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42nd Street

14 – 19 August 2023 

It’s big… it’s bright… it's a brand-spanking new production of ‘the original showbiz musical' 42nd Street, starring Samantha Womack as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer. 42nd Street is a timeless and inspiring showbiz fairy tale that combines breathtaking tap dance routines, backstage intrigue, classic romance and delightful comedy to dazzling effect. It’s simply irresistible! 

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Heathers The Musical

22 – 26 August 2023 

Greetings and salutations! Following two smash hit West End seasons, a record-breaking run at The Other Palace and winning the WhatsOnStage award for Best New Musical, Heathers The Musical, the black comedy rock musical based on the eponymous 1988 film, embarks on a new national tour. 

Westerberg High’s Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it is murder being a somebody. 

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