At long last, we are gearing up to gradually reopen Wales Millennium Centre, so that we can get back to doing what we do best - showcasing world leading performances and providing life enhancing experiences.
We cannot wait to welcome back audiences, visitors, staff, residents, creatives and our community neighbours. We’ve missed you!
It is hugely encouraging to see the relaxing of restrictions. Indoor hospitality and entertainment venues have begun to reopen to restricted numbers and significant progress is being made in terms of being able to stage large scale events safely again.
While it is frustrating that we must wait a little longer to be able to reopen, we believe it will be worth the wait.
In the meantime, a great deal of work is going on behind the scenes to ensure that we are fully prepared for our reopening, based on advice from our colleagues in Welsh Government.
This is to ensure that we reopen safely, with visitors, staff and artists feeling completely confident that our building is COVID-safe. We are, therefore, planning a phased reopening over the coming months.
The first stage launches on Friday 28 May when we open our brand new Teras; an all-new, outdoor seating space and container bar.
It will be open all summer serving lunchtime bites and plenty of local foodie favourites and drinks in the evening.
Over the summer months, we are planning to stage an eclectic and exciting mix of cabaret performances, community events and launch the Voices of Change exhibition. (Visit our listing pages for up to date details).
In the autumn we have some incredible West End productions coming to us, including The Book of Mormon and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. We’re especially excited about our big family festive show this year; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Meanwhile, we will be carrying out important upgrades to our iconic building. Please bear with us whilst we make changes to our public spaces. We hope that, when complete, you will like the changes we’ve made.
We have been able to keep staff working through the pandemic and have continued our great work with artists, young people and communities.
It has also allowed us to recruit our first cohort of Creative Associates; a dazzling crop of exceptionally talented artists who have already started developing new and exciting work with us. Further details will be shared next week.
Finally, I wish to sincerely thank all our staff, trustees and freelance colleagues, for their continued commitment through these difficult times. They have worked, and continue to work, tirelessly to help us reopen a better, more radical, more inclusive and ambitious Wales Millennium Centre.
Diolch yn fawr to them all.
Mat Milsom - Managing Director