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Top 10 shows to see in 2022

Kick-start 2022 in style and treat yourself, your friends or family to one of these incredible shows. Here's 10 amazing shows to take you into summer.

1. MATTHEW BOURNE'S NUTCRACKER!

22 – 26 March 2022

With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s.

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2. Jenůfa

5, 12 + 18 March 2022

A heart-wrenching tale of hope, love and despair, Jenůfa has captivated audiences for a century. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed production that was described as ‘the most powerful yet’ last time it toured.

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3. Anthem

30 March – 10 April 2022

Join us in the studio for the live final of Anthem, the nation’s biggest TV singing competition. There will be wind machines, key changes and plenty of arguments on Twitter! This new Welsh language musical comedy by Llinos Mai will leave a smile on your face long after the last note has been sung.

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4. DREAMGIRLS

19 – 30 April 2022

Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit.

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5. Grandmother's Closet (and What I Found There...)

20 – 23 April 2022

On his first tentative steps down the yellow brick road Luke takes on Broadway, experiences his very first pride event and finds his perfect shade of lipstick – all to the tune of his favourite pop divas. This autobiographical musical adventure promises mischief and mashups, dresses and divas, and a whole lot of heart.

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6. SIX

3 – 14 May 2022

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 80-minute celebration of 21st century sisterly sass-itude. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. It’s time they told their story.

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7. SCHOOL OF ROCK

16 – 21 May 2022

Get ready to stick it to the man, Cardiff, because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical School of Rock is coming to rock out at Wales Millennium Centre!

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8. Singin' In The Rain

23 – 28 May 2022

Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 1920s. Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. Sam Lips, Charlotte Gooch and Jenny Gayner, along with Strictly’s Kevin Clifton as ‘Cosmo Brown’, star in Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production.

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9. Waitress

30 May – 4 June 2022

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. Book now and get your tickets to this "joyously life-affirming celebration of love and friendship" (Express).

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10. THE LION KING

7 July – 27 August 2022

A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s classic film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

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