News: Latest from #WalesMillenniumCentre @TheCentre in June 2018

wmc outsideNEW SHOW- AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MIRROR CRACK’D TO BE ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE UK

 Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative have announced the first ever UK stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s much-loved Miss Marple thriller The Mirror Crack’d from Side to SideThe Mirror Crack’d will be a European Premiere, opening at Salisbury Playhouse on 15 February before touring to Dublin, Cambridge and Cardiff. The Mirror Crack’d will have an Opening Night on 25 February.

The iconic Marple mystery from the world’s best-selling author of all time will be adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers for Mrs Harris, Birdsong) and directed by Melly Still (Coram Boy, My Brilliant Friend).  Casting is still to be announced.

 Times are changing. Girls are wearing trousers and Hollywood has come to a sleepy English village in the shape of a beautiful film star. Miss Marple is left to feel that the world has no need of her now until a mysterious death calls into question the past of all those present.  Everyone’s version of events is different.

Can Miss Marple unravel the tangle of lies?

The Mirror Crack’d will have an Opening Night on 25 February at Salisbury Playhouse

NEW SHOW – MACBETH

Following its sold-out London run taking place in London this Autumn 2018, the National Theatre will tour l’s most intense tragedy, Macbeth. This epic and visually daring production is directed by NT Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House). This new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Sleep no more…The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Macbeth is at Wales Millennium Centre 19 – 23 March 2019.

 

NEW SHOW- THE BODYGUARD

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE UK TOUR OF THE INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT MUSICAL “THE BODYGUARD”

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin CostnerThe Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning (BirdmanAlex Dinelaris, will come to Wales Millennium Centre in 2019.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller,The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the NightSo EmotionalOne Moment in TimeSaving All My LoveI’m Your Baby TonightRun to You, I Have NothingI Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

The Bodyguard is at Wales Millennium Centre 16 – 27 April 2019

NEW SHOW – SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Celebrating 40 years since John Travolta sent hearts racing and feet tapping in the 1977 cult movie, a brand new production of the hit musical Saturday Night Fever is touring to Cardiff later this year. This new revitalised stage spectacular promises more drama, more music and hot new choreography which is sure to have audiences on their feet and dancing the night away!

Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony Manero, and his reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success. It features the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ AliveHow Deep Is Your LoveNight FeverTragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more.

Saturday Night Fever is at Wales Millennium Centre 27 November – 1 December 2018.

NEWS –PROCESSIONS

Women and girls – including those who identify as women and non-binary individuals – have been invited to register to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime living artwork which will celebrate a historic moment for gender equality and create a dramatic portrait of women in the 21st century.

PROCESSIONS, one of the UK’s largest ever mass participation artworks, will take place simultaneously across the four UK capitals on Sunday 10th June 2018 and will mark one hundred years since the first British women won the right to vote.

In Cardiff, women will walk together in their tens of thousands, appearing as a vast river of colour flowing through the city streets. At the heart of PROCESSIONS Cardiff will be specially created banners, echoing those carried by suffrage campaigners.

The Processions ‘living portrait’ will take place in Cardiff on Sunday 10th June.

Please register at www.processions.co.uk

COMING UP…

Acosta Danza: Debut – Following his exceptional career, international dance icon Carlos Acosta has launched his brand-new company, Acosta Danza.

The Havana based company is made up of the best dancers Cuba has to offer. They will perform new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers, rarely seen outside the country, and commission new pieces from international choreographers.

For this UK tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, they will perform works by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán, UK-based Jorge Crecis, Spanish dance-maker Goyo Montero, New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

04 Jun 2018

Festival of Voice– This biennial music festival returns this 7 – 17 June with 11 days of world-class music, daring theatre, engaging talks, street food and more, celebrating the voice in all its forms. Created by Wales Millennium Centre, the biennial international arts festival encourages a spirit of discovery with one-off performances and new collaborations taking place at various venues and pop-up spaces across Cardiff. The eclectic programme brings together many voices from music and the arts to hear and be heard – including headline music acts Patti SmithGruff Rhys with BBC National Orchestra of WalesElvis Costello & The Imposters and three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, plus new theatre commissions created here in Wales. Events are individually ticketed – discover the full programme at festivalofvoice.wales.

 An Officer and a Gentleman – Featuring one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen, this inspiring, breathtakingly romantic musical celebrates triumph over adversity. Let love lift you up where you belong.

Includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along with many 80s classic anthems including Girls Just Want to Have FunLivin’ On A PrayerHeart of GlassMaterial GirlDon’t Cry Out LoudI Was Made for Lovin’ You, and The Final Countdown.

25 – 30 June

War Horse– National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will return to Wales in summer 2018 following a sell-out season in 2014.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.  War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. 04 Jul – 28 Jul

National Eisteddfod of Wales– the very best in Welsh music, literature, dance, drama and much more. Join us for a week-long celebration of all things Welsh across Cardiff Bay as the National Eisteddfod comes to town. 03-11 August http://www.wmc.org.uk/WhatsOn/eisteddfod/

 

NEWS SHORTS…

Performance Platfform youth arts programme receives grant of £7,500 from The Ernest Cook Trust.

Performance Platfform provides free drama, singing and choreography sessions for young people, aged 10-15, many of whom have not previously had access to the arts due to social or economic disadvantage. Weekly workshops led by performing artists take place in the Centre between April – July and September – December. With activities revolving around the Centre’s current artistic programme, Performance Platfform is engaging and reactive.

The grant will support the cost of facilitators and professional performing artists, giving young participants a truly world-class experience.

 

 

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