Latest news from Wales Millennium Centre – June 2019

    • epic art installation GAIA comes to the centre
    • caroline sheen and amber davies to star in 9 to 5 the musical
    • new show! a monster calls
    • kerry ellis, danielle hope, john owen jones & david thaxton to star in a night at the musicals, curated by david mahoney THIS WEEKEND (23 June)
    • urdd eisteddfod highlights
    • saturday supper clwb launched at the centre in june; here’s what’s coming up in july
    • dine with a laugh: faulty towers: the dining experience
    • a look to the summer: kinky boots in july

 

epic art installation GAIA comes to the centre

Gaia. Photo by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)Installation artist Luke Jerram’s incredible touring artwork, Gaia, will be the centerpiece of a six-week celebration of our planet at Wales Millennium Centre this summer.

Measuring a staggering seven metres in diameter, Gaia features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface floating in 3D, giving visitors an astronaut’s view of our incredible planet. It will be free to see inside the Centre’s Glanfa foyer from Saturday 20th July 2019.

Other FREE family activities in the Centre’s Summer of Love include:

  • Sustainability workshops and community performances
  • An opportunity to toast the planet on the Centre’s new sun-filled terrace
  • Explore the world in the Virtual Reality arcade

 

The Gaia sculpture is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, and each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture represents 18km of the Earth’s surface.

 

Gaia was created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

(NERC), Bluedot a’r UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

 

Gaia will be at Wales Millennium Centre 20 July – 1 September 2019

 

 

Caroline Sheen and Amber Davies to star in Dolly parton’s 9 to 5 the musical in october 2019

 

The producers of Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 The Musical  have announced that Caroline Sheen will star as Violet Newstead and Amber Davies will star as Judy Bernly when the smash hit musical plays Wales Millennium Centre in October 2019.

 

Caroline Sheen (Les Misérables; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Mary Poppins) played the role of Violet Newstead to rave reviews when the show first opened at the Savoy Theatre in February. Amber Davies is currently playing the role of Judy Bernly in the West End production of the show.

 

9 To 5 The Musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy – three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

 

With writing from Patricia Resnick, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and inspired by the 20th Century Fox cult film, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

 

9 To 5 the Musical will be at Wales Millennium Centre 29 October – 2 November with a new matinee date added on Wednesday 30 October.

 

new show! a monster calls announces dates at wales millennium centre in april 2020

 

From the critically acclaimed bestseller that has sold over a million copies, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness will play at Wales Millennium Centre in April 2020. When thirteen-year-old Conor is woken in the night be something at his window, a monster come walking, Conor must learn to tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

 

An Old Vic production, in association with Bristol Old Vic, A Monster Calls won the 2019 Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award, and this five-star “monster hit” (The Times) offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

 

The UK tour of A Monster Calls will also be providing an extensive outreach and engagement programme, including discussions, workshops, education packs and participatory events to talk about the widespread themes within the production.

 

The writer of the novel, Patrick Ness, said: “The stage production of A Monster Calls has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life”, and director Sally Cookson said “Being given the opportunity to adapt Patrick Ness’ beautiful book was a career highlight and I am thrilled to be able to bring it to life once more”.

 

A Monster Calls will be at Wales Millennium Centre 28 April – 2 May 2020

 

a night at the musicals

 

From Wicked to Les Misérables, Chicago to Phantom of the Opera, A Night at the Musicals features a star-studded line-up of the West End and Broadway’s leading singers, delivering a sophisticated take on the best-loved moments of musical theatre.

 

Curated by David Mahoney, the performers include Kerry Ellis (We Will Rock You; Wicked; Oliver!; Les Misérables; Miss Saigon), Danielle Hope (Les Misérables; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Sound of Music; Grease), David Thaxton (Les Misérables; The Phantom of the Opera; Jesus Chris Superstar) and Wales’ own John Owen Jones (Tiger Bay the Musical; Les Miserables; Show Boat; The Phantom of the Opera).

 

In a night of unashamed showbiz glitz and glamour, this all-star cast joins forces with The Novello Orchestra, whose trademark passion and charisma has made it one of the finest show orchestras in the UK.

 

A Night at the Musicals will be at Wales Millennium Centre on 23 June 2019

 

urdd eisteddfod highlights

 

Between welcoming Ryan Giggs, the football manager for Wales, and Iwan Rheon, Game of Thrones star from Camarthen, as well as 100,000 visitors to Wales Millennium Centre for the Urdd Eisteddfod at the end of May, The Centre are proud to have hosted this major event in the Welsh calendar.

 

The busiest day of the week was Tuesday, where The Centre held approximately 45,000 visitors, and across the week The Centre’s volunteers gave nearly 400 hours of their time to welcome and help guests.

 

The standard of competitions and the enthusiasm shown by all visitors was an inspiration, and as the National arts centre for Wales, Wales Millennium Centre was proud to welcome competitors from all parts of Wales and beyond.

 

Dyfrig Davies, Chair of Urdd Gobatih Cymru has said “Having the opportunity to perform on the stage of Wales Millennium Centre is an unforgettable experience for young people and will continue to inspire for years to come.”

 

saturday supper clwb; what’s next to come…

 

Saturday Supper Clwb launched at Wales Millennium Centre at the beginning of June to evenings of drag, musical theatre, burlesque and comedy, led by Alun Saunders as Connie Orff, David Mahoney, FooFooLaBelle and Leroy Brito respectively.

 

Coming up in July is another month of scorching line-ups for a perfect Saturday night.

 

6 July David Mahoney curates an evening of musical theatre featuring musical theatre stars Katy Treharne, Tom Hier and Craig Yates, with piano accompaniment from David George Harrington

 

13 July FooFooLaBelle and the Cardiff Cabaret Club introduce a fun-packed evening of British Burlesque and variety featuring Dave the Bear and Borlesque, Ana Kiss and Sir Midnight Blues

 

20 July Leroy Brito as MC promises a hilarious evening with a line-up that will leave you laughing for days. Opening with Robin Morgan, headlined by Jarlath Regan, and with Drew Taylor and Lorna Pritchard in the middle, don’t miss this cracking evening of laughs

 

27 July Bilingual host Connie Orff is back with another stonking drag line-up including the ever-colourful Pom Pom; the ever-glamorous Victoria Scone, and Cardiff Delight Jolene Dover.

 

 

Saturday Supper Clwbs will be on at Wales Millennium Centre every Saturday night until October. Please note, this is subject to change.

 

Dine with a laugh – faulty towers: the dining experience returns in june

 

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are on their way, gearing up to bring a healthy dose of mayhem to your door, as Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience returns to The Centre in June.

 

Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this dining experience is never the same twice. With two hours of comedy and three courses of food, expect chaos, laughs and a brilliant night out.

 

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience will be at Wales Millennium Centre 25 – 30 June

 

a look to the summer – KINKY BOOTS

 

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes audiences from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, and will soon be strutting into Cardiff, as the show hits Wales Millennium Centre in July.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and with the future of this family factory hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola; a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

 

Kinky Boots will be at Wales Millennium Centre 22 July – 3 August 2019

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