The award-winning Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 19 returns to Sophia Gardens this summer, with six weeks of theatre for the whole family from the 27th June – 3rd August.
The festival kicks off this year with the classic sitcom ‘Hi-De-Hi’, followed by the Shakespearean favourite, Much Ado About Nothing. As we head into the Summer holidays, the whole family can enjoy ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’, presented by Go Productions, with the festival brought to a close with the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.
Simon Futty, Chair of Everyman Theatre, Cardiff says ‘Everyman Theatre Cardiff continues its proud tradition of high-quality theatre in this, its 78th year. From humble beginnings in the basement of a church to this past year where we performed to thousands in our Festival, on tour and at a variety of venues in Cardiff.
“For us, the highlight of the year has always been our festival – an open-air extravaganza showcasing the best Shakespearean theatre, musical theatre and light entertainment and performed under the stars in the heart of our city.’
Alongside the main festival productions are one-off nights, which include ‘Hello Cabaret’, a night of musical theatre under the stars and Cinema in the Park, with Singalonga showings of ‘Grease’ and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’. ‘Stand Up in the Park’ returns on the 7th July with the fantastic talents of Clint Edwards, Robin Morgan, Dane Baptiste and Angela Barnes bringing all the laughs in aid of Amnesty International, Cardiff. Everyman Youth Theatre are also presenting ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on the 28th July.
‘Now in its 37th year the festival has grown to eight productions with a total of 50 performances,” says Peter Harding-Roberts, Festival Chair.
“The festival is now the headline cultural event of the Cardiff summer. It is now far and away the largest open-air theatre festival in Wales. All the productions are directed by established professionals, drawing into the casts professional actors currently resting, young actors aspiring to enter the profession and the cream of local talent of those who have chosen to follow other careers. What they all share in common (other than their talent) is the desire to perform in large-scale high-quality productions.’
For tickets visit the festival website http://www.cardiffopenairtheatrefestival.co.uk or by calling 0333 666 3366.