Blackadder Goes Forth as Cardiff Open Air Festival Returns to Sophia Gardens

The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival returns to Sophia Gardens this week for the first time in three years. 

The largest outdoor theatre festival of its kind in Wales is loved by audiences of all ages and attended by thousands right in the heart of Cardiff. This year Everyman Theatre are producing six weeks of theatre from June 23 to July 30.

Heading to the festival this summer is ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ directed by Simon H West, the conclusion of the much-loved British series. This year’s Shakespeare production is the comedy ‘Twelfth Night’, directed by David Mercatali. The sci-fi smash-hit musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is directed by Rich Tunley, with musical direction by Rob Thorne Jr. 

Go Productions return to the festival once again with their family production, this year heading to East High for ‘Disney’s High School Musical, on stage!’.

The festival’s ‘In the Park’ programme features ‘Under Milk Wood’ performed as a play for voices by Everyman Theatre, and Everyman Youth Theatre perform ‘The Comedy of Errors’. 

Stand Up in the Park returns on the 3 July in association with Amnesty International, Cardiff. This year’s comedy night features Stephen Bailey, Eleanor Tiernan, and Carl Donnelly, and is compered by Clint Edwards.

The South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus and Affinity Female Voice Choir will perform on the 10 July for an evening of memorable songs under the stars.

The festival’s outdoor cinema event on the 11 July is in partnership with Pride Cymru, celebrating Pride with a screening of the extraordinary true story from Wales, showing the 2014 film of the same name.

Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival purpose-built auditorium seats 400, with all audience members undercover (if it rains, only the actors get wet!), ensuring the show goes on whatever the weather. All seats are numbered, so with tickets selling fast (and one event already sold out!), it is encouraged everyone heads to the website to book tickets.

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