Here are the answers to some of our frequently asked questions.
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Booking your tickets
How do I book tickets using a Hynt card?
You can book your tickets online or over the phone, giving your unique Hynt reference number upon booking. If you have booked with us previously and your existing account has a valid Hynt barcode number attached to it, we’ve set this up ready for you.
All you need to do is log in with your registered email address, prior to selecting your production of choice from our What’s On page. If you don't have a Wales Millennium Centre online account already, you can create one here. Please note that it can take up to 24 hours for Hynt to appear on your account.
The number of Hynt tickets available to you online will be limited based on the number agreed by Hynt during the application process. Please ensure you have selected the relevant amount of tickets for all members of your party.
How do I use e-tickets?
When booking a show for our Donald Gordon Theatre performances, you can choose to receive e-tickets which are emailed to you after you've placed your order.
Upon arrival; skip the Box Office collection queue by simply showing your e-tickets on your mobile device to our ushers before taking your seat.
How do I use a gift/credit voucher?
Complete your order as usual by selecting the show, date, time and seats. Then proceed through to the payment screen. In the right-hand corner of the screen it should say ‘Have a gift certificate? Click here to apply’. If you click this, you'll be able to use your gift voucher by typing in the voucher number.
My confirmation email has not arrived. What can I do?
If you log into your account online, you can resend your tickets to yourself.
I can’t attend the performance I’ve booked tickets for. What can I do?
When booking for a show, you now have the option to add refund protection to your tickets via a third party provider, Booking Protect.
Simply click to add Booking Protect to your basket when you’re booking tickets.
To find out more about Booking Protect and when they will issue a full refund click here. If you have not purchased Booking Protect, refunds will not be offered except in the event of a cancelled performance.
You can reach out to us directly from this website by clicking the orange button labelled ‘CAN WE HELP?’ in the left-hand corner of your screen.
Your website says a new production is ‘On Sale Soon’. When will I be able to get tickets?
Our website will be updated as soon as we have confirmed dates. We’d recommend signing up to our newsletter to receive updates, or becoming a member for priority booking when performances go on sale.
CAN I EXCHANGE MY TICKETS TO A DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE?
Yes, you can move your tickets a different performance of the same production (or the same Welsh National Opera season) free of charge by logging into My Account. Read our blog to find out how.
While you're here
Is there a cloakroom?
Yes, our new information point and cloakroom is open an hour before each performance and has staff on hand to help with your enquiries. To find it, walk through the front doors and turn left down towards the end of the concourse.
We conduct random bag searches when the theatre is open and if any bags are found to be too large, we'll ask you to put them in the cloakroom.
Is there a dress code when attending a show?
No, there is no dress code. We welcome everyone through our doors and want our audiences to feel comfortable.
There are however times when a performance does require a certain dress code but we'll communicate this to you in advance.
When should I arrive for a performance?
Try to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance to allow time to buy a programme, buy your drinks and pre-order some more for the interval. Our theatre bars open an hour before each performance starts.
Try to collect your tickets from the ticket office as soon as possible to avoid a queue. The theatre doors usually open 20 – 30 minutes before a show starts, and you’ll be notified by an announcement when they do.
What should I do if I’m late?
We understand that arriving late is sometimes unavoidable. Upon arrival please make yourself known to a member of staff who will advise you when to enter the theatre.
Each show has specific latecomer points when we try to get latecomers seated during the applause points.
Please be aware though that some shows do not allow latecomers. If this happens you will be directed to one of the bars where you can watch a live stream of the performance.
If we can get you into the theatre during a late comer point, please be aware that the theatre is in total darkness and an usher will escort you to your seat by torchlight.
Can I take photographs and video footage?
No, the Centre’s policy states that unless we announce otherwise, photography and filming is not permitted in the theatre once a show has started out of respect to the performers.
We do however encourage all customers to have pre-show theatre selfie; tag us @theCentre or @yGanolfan. We're on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
If you want to take professional photography or film for any reason then you must seek prior permission from our press office.
Where can I buy a programme or show merchandise?
Programmes and any show merchandise available will be available on the ground floor as you enter the building and sellers are also based on each bar pre-show with programmes.
Where are the toilets situated?
From the ground floor up to Level 2 there are male and female toilets on each side of the building.
Our toilets can become busy before a show and during the intervals but toilets on other levels may well be quieter so it’s worth checking.
There are also accessible toilets on every level and on every side of the building.
What facilities and services do you provide for families?
We have baby changing facilities in the ladies’ toilets and accessible toilets on the ground floor.
We also have a limited number of booster cushions for you to use, free of charge, from the cloakroom but we don’t always have enough for some family shows, so you might like to bring your own.
Children’s buggies can be kept at the cloakroom and we often put on a special buggy park area for shows aimed specifically at children. We also provide baby bottle warming facilities at Caffi which is located on the ground floor.
How should I behave during the performance?
We want everyone to be able to enjoy the performance so please respect those around you inside the theatre. How an audience is expected to act also depends on what you are seeing.
Talking, singing, humming and clapping can be distracting for other people if done at an inappropriate moment. Clapping should generally be saved for between acts or sets.
Some musicals have encore pieces, and this is the time when people can clap and sing along as the actual performance has finished.
During the show, coming and going to and from your seats should be avoided unless it’s in an emergency. Our ushers will be able to help you with any questions or issues that you may have.
Can I eat in the theatre?
While we do allow some food items and soft drinks into the theatre, eating during the show may disturb others so we ask you do this before or after a show.
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