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A Wales Millennium Centre + Frân Wen Production

Branwen: Dadeni

An epic new Welsh language musical

Donald Gordon Theatre

8 – 11 November 2023




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A Wales Millennium Centre + Frân Wen Production

Branwen: Dadeni

An epic new Welsh language musical

8 – 11 November 2023

Donald Gordon Theatre

Donald Gordon Theatre 8 – 11 November 2023

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 15 – 17 November 2023 SOLD OUT

Pontio, Bangor 22 – 25 November 2023 SOLD OUT

A dispersed kingdom. A corrupt monarchy. A new generation desperate for change.

Branwen: Dadeni is an epic Welsh language musical which brings one of our most well-known legends into the contemporary world. 


The Stage


The Guardian

After a bloody civil war, the Llŷr family controls Cedyrn. Branwen, the charismatic young princess who has won the people’s hearts, is eager to move her country forward, but her brother, the king, won’t listen.

During an unexpected visit by the King of Ireland, she sees her opportunity: escape to a progressive and prosperous country where her voice will count and she’ll have the power to change things. But, as her star rises, every bargain, betrayal and body leads her deeper into the darkness, until, on the brink of ruin, the price becomes clear.

What would you sacrifice to create a just world? 

A new musical by Wales Millennium Centre and Frân Wen which reimagines the iconic story, with Gethin Evans directing an outstanding cast of performers and musicians. 

Book by Hanna Jarman, Elgan Rhys and Seiriol Davies; lyrics and music by Seiriol Davies.


Branwen Mared Williams

Efnisien Caitlin Drake 

Matholwch Rithvik Andugula

Bendigeidfran Tomos Eames

Ena Gillian Elisa

Picell Ioan Hefin

Gwern/Child Mali Grooms + Tegwen Velios

Octet Lisa Angharad, Huw Euron, Steffan Hughes, Miriam Isaac, Elan Meirion, Niamh Moulton, Cedron Sion, Adam Vaughan


MD on Keys Geraint Owen

Harp Ruby Aspinall

Bass Guitar and Double Bass Callum Duggan

Violin Ruth Elder

Deputy Violin Chrissie Mavron

Drum Kit, Bass Drum and Keyboard (percussion effects) Iori Haugen

Cello Rhian Porter

Deputy Cello Lowri Preston

Creative Team

Co-Writer Hanna Jarman

Co-Writer Elgan Rhys

Co-Writer Seiriol Davies

Music and Lyrics Seiriol Davies

Director Gethin Evans

Music Director and Musical Supervisor Geraint Owen

Set and Costume Designer Elin Steele

Lighting Designer Bretta Gerecke

Sound Designer Sebastian Frost

Movement Co-Director Nia Lynn

Movement Co-Director Owain Gwynn

Intimacy Coordinator Sarita Piotrowski

Orchestrator Owain Gruffudd Roberts

Costume Supervisor Llinos Griffiths Gough

Assistant Director Carys Jones

Assistant Musical Director Gwenno Morgan

Wellbeing Associate Ndidi John

Casting Director Hannah Marie Williams (HMW Casting)

Production Team

Production Manager (Wales Millennium Centre) Ed Wilson

Production Manager (Frân Wen) Lewis Williams

Company Stage Manager Julia Carson Sims

Company Stage Manager Roger Richardson

Deputy Stage Manager Alys Robinson

Assistant Stage Manager and Book Cover Vikki Chandler

Assistant Stage Manager Emma Mace

Assistant Stage Manager Emma Peace

Production Carpenter Andy Humphreys

Head of Wardrobe Sacha van Zutphen

Wardrobe 2 Ariana Marafini

Production Sound Mark Adams

Sound 1 Ellis Griffiths

Sound 1 (on tour) James Jewry 

Sound 1 Cover Andy Collins

Sound 2 Lowri Jones

LX Programmer Claire Gerrens

LX 1 James Thomas

LX 1 Ryan van Delden

LX 2 Sophie Moore

Captioner Mary Davies

Lead Chaperone Isabel Vander

Tutor Chaperone Jenni Tarr

Chaperone Tracey Cogan

Producer Branwen Jones

Assistant Producer Frankie-Rose Taylor

Assistant Producer Abigail Fitzgerald

Arts and Creative Project Assistant Catrin Nicholas

Arts and Creative Manager: Events & Compliance Fay Coles

Marketing Manager Jodi Voyle

Communications Manager Cadan Ap Thomas

Digital Editor Craig Bates 

Senior Production & Design Manager Sophie Williams 

Social Media Editor Cerys Rhys 

Senior Bilingual Copywriter Angharad C. Lewis 

Head of Marketing Beth Meade

Head of Creative Experiences Emma Evans

Artistic Director (Frân Wen) Gethin Evans

Executive Director (Frân Wen) Nia Jones

Production Manager (Frân Wen) Lewis Williams

Marketing Manager (Frân Wen) Carl Owen

Administrator (Frân Wen) Olwen Williams

Community Director (Frân Wen) Elis Pari

With thanks to Roger Beaumont, Aleks Carlyon, Graeme Clint, Carys Edwards, Dom Elias, Angharad Griffin, John Hill, Rhys Iorwerth, Tafsila Khan, Aran Jones and the team from Say Something in Welsh, Cardiff Theatrical Services + Welsh National Opera

Start time: 7.30pm

Age guidance: 13+

Contains strong language, adult themes, violence, loud music, flashing lights, strobe lights, haze and smoke effects.

Content warnings:

This production contains references to: abuse, animal cruelty, depression, grief, manipulation, sexual assault

This production depicts: blood, death, incarceration and kidnapping, pregnancy, sexual intimacy, violence against a child, war

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

Captions: All performances are captioned in Welsh and English

Audio Description: 11 November (Touch Tour: 6.10pm for up to 30 munutes)


£12 tickets.


£15 tickets.


£12 tickets. One free teacher's seat with every 10 pupils. Call 029 2063 6464.


Groups of 10+ £3 off. Organise a group visit.


£5 off opening night. Become a member.


£3 off.

Hynt Scheme available for this production. Find out more.


All offers subject to allocations and availability. 

We are extremely grateful to Peter and Janet Swinburn, Dyfrig and Heather John and Carol Bell for supporting Branwen: Dadeni.

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