Events in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay boasts an array of events for everyone to enjoy. Visit the iconic Wales Millennium Centre and take in a world class show, or enjoy our annual events such as the Cardiff Food and Drink Festival. And that’s not all… from craft fairs to children’s workshops, you are sure to have a great day out!

Family Saturdays at WMC

- (11:00 - 16:00)
Glanfa, Wales Millennium Centre
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Let your imagination run wild every weekend with our Family Saturdays.

 

Every Saturday, we have free craft workshops for you and your little ones.

Come along and explore your creative flair – from cress planting and woolly octopuses to envelope cities.

Our free craft days enable young children to express themselves freely while learning to problem solve, share and make new friends along the way.

And at the end of it all you get some amazing free art to take home.

Visit the Senedd

- (10:30 - 16:00)
The Senedd
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Did you know that the Senedd is open seven days a week between 10:30 – 16:00?

After making your way inside, staff are available to greet you and share the fascinating story of how the Senedd and the Assembly came to be.

Wales: A Story of Devolution

- (10:30 - 16:00)
The Senedd
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To mark 20 years of devolution in Wales, we have developed a timeline of key milestones of Wales’ journey to devolution and the key achievements over the past 20 years.

The timeline, which was curated in partnership with the Wales Governance Centre, can be seen around the funnel, the central focus of the Oriel.

Saturday night Supper Clwb

- (19:30 - 19:30)
Ffresh bar and kitchen
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Every Saturday night from 7.30pm, Supper Clwb brings you the best cabaret in town, plus delicious plates of food, and drinks to die for.

 

Alun Saunders, Leroy Brito, The Cardiff Cabaret Club and David Mahoney all host regular nights featuring rising stars from the cabaret scene.

 

Your £30 ticket includes a Bellini cocktail on arrival, an incredible live cabaret act, three small plates from our contemporary Welsh menu + a dessert cocktail to finish the night off in style.

 

Bring your friends down to the best kept secret in the Bay.

Ffresh Bar and Kitchen

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Wales Millennium Centre
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Pop into Ffresh bar and kitchen and try our new contemporary menu made with the finest Welsh ingredients.

 

All our dishes are 100% gluten free, 50% vegan and vegetarian.

 

SMALL PLATES, BIG SMILES

Our small plates are designed for sharing and trying new flavours and will make your taste buds sing, just like our performers on stage.

 

If you’re new to the concept, try our tasting menu, otherwise we recommend two to three small plates per person.

 

We’ve also paired a wine for each small plate. Order a flight of three wines paired for each of your dishes for just £9 (75ml)

 

SUNDAY LUNCH

Join us for a delicious Sunday lunch, complete with relaxing jazz ensembles. Choose a three-course lunch and you’ll receive a free bottle of wine.

 

There’s a choice of three roasts including a vegetarian option of Sicilian baked courgette. Prices per person are as follows:

 

One course £11.95/ Two courses: £16.95/ Three courses: £19.95

Democracy in Action

- (13:30 - 18:00)
The Senedd
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Experience the Siambr from the Public Viewing Gallery – members of the public can watch Assembly Members on a Tuesday and Wednesday debate, scrutinise and make laws.

July dates:
2-3
9-10
16-17

Seats may be available on the day but it is advisable to book by contacting us.

Michael Flynn: Themes & Focusses

- (10:30 - 17:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Exhibition of figurative porcelain by Cardiff based artist Michael Flynn. Showing in July and August at the Makers Guild Wales gallery Craft in the Bay. Highly collectable, Flynn exhibits works from different series made over the past ten to fifteen years. He gives us a glimpse into the myriad of narrative beginnings of his sculpture. These could be from myths, beliefs, the divine world, fairy tales or more personal introspection. Flynn’s figures exude energy; figures caught mid-action, entwined, entangling, lifting one another – suggestions of acrobats, lovers, actors, dancers.

Verity Pulford – fused glass exhibition

- (10:30 - 17:30)
Craft in the Bay
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A special exhibition of contemporary glass by North Wales based artist Verity Pulford showing at Craft in the Bay this summer. Inspired by structures within nature – trees, lichen, moss, ferns, leaves and the visual connections with human biology.  Pulford has captured the magic and ethereal quality of the way light passes through glass.
Arts Council of Wales Research & Development grant supported.

Generations

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The Senedd
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This exhibition of photographs by Peter Britton shows family life across South Wales. Using large format photography, and a formal photographic style, familes are portrayed in the most natural manner to show how close a familial bond can be.

Sponsored by Andrew RT Davies AM.

Gaia, by British installation artist, Luke Jerram.

Gaia

- (09:00 - 17:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Have you ever wondered what the Earth looks like from space? Come and find out…

 

This summer British artist, Luke Jerram brings his incredible touring artwork, Gaia to the Centre.

 

Measuring 23 feet in diameter, Gaia features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. It even lights up at night so you’ll be able to see our planet, floating in 3D.

 

Gaia is a FREE event and also features an amazing VR Zone where you and the kids can explore other amazing worlds.

Kinky Boots

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘London’s hottest musical’ (Smooth Radio) Kinky Boots comes to the Centre in 2019.

 

With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

 

Don’t miss the ‘freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade’ (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.

A Postcard from Wales

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The Senedd
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This selection from 30,000 children’s A4 landscape artworks, inspired by Wales, is being exhibited as a joint art installation in the Senedd to highlight the importance of the arts as part of Welsh identity and its role in bringing people together. The project is organised by Steven Knapik MBE.

Voices and Images of the South Wales Jewish Community

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The Senedd
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This exhibition by the Jewish History Association of South Wales celebrates the heritage of South Wales’ Jewish communities, showcasing the achievements of the HLF funded community heritage project.

Sponsored by Mohammad Asghar AM.

Karaoke Disco Night – Bandeoke Special

(21:00 - 23:00)
Salt, Mermaid Quay
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BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom

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Tacoma Square, Mermaid Quay
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Cardiff Bay will be home to mythical creatures and more this summer when the BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom heads to Mermaid Quay.

From Saturday 3rd August – Sunday 1st September, nine models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks will take centre stage in Tacoma Square, in the heart of Mermaid Quay.

Free to view, the display will feature an 11ft fire-breathing dragon, a unicorn and two hunting wolves as well as a wizard, princess, knight and huntswoman.

Madagascar the Musical

- (19:00 - 21:30)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Madagascar The Musical follows all your favourite cracka-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, you’ll have no choice but to ‘Move It, Move It!’.

Schooners from Brittany in Cardiff Docks

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The Pierhead
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Whilst working in the offices of his family’s fishing trawler firm, the young Jack K Neale could see elegant Breton sailing boats entering and leaving Cardiff West Bute Dock, and took to photographing them regularly. These black and white photographs tell their story.

Sponsored by Adam Price AM.

Club Tropicana

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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The brand-new 80s musical from the producers of the hit UK tour of Hairspray.

 

Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics!

 

Welcome to the Club Tropicana Hotel – the 1980s answer to Love Island – where the drinks are free and the whole family is invited to join the ultimate holiday musical, celebrating all that we love about the 80s.

 

Set to the most iconic pop anthems of the era, performed live on stage, including: Just Can’t Get Enough, Take On Me, The Look of Love, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Relax and many more! Book your first-class ticket today to see the feel-good musical of the year.

Annie

- (00:00 - 00:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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The smash-hit production of Annie returns to Cardiff, direct from London’s West End. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood* as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan!

 

 

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

 

With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock LifeEasy StreetI Don’t Need Anything But Youand Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!

Balloon Art Fiesta

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The Red Dragon Centre
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Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side this summer?

A Balloon Art Fiesta, inspired by all things wild and wonderful, is soaring into The Red Dragon Centre with a spectacular showcase of balloon sculptures!

The sculptures, made from 100% natural latex balloons, will be on display inside the entertainment complex between Friday 23 – Monday 26 August and will be free to view.

Little ones can also enjoy a free sculpture trail between 11am-6pm by picking up a form from the Green Zone inside the Centre, which boasts a life-sized artificial grass Lion and a giant sofa.

With the sculptures being created by the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Doctor Bob Balloons Unlimited, visitors can look forward to something truly special this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Craft*folK August Bank Holiday in Landsea Square

- (10:00 - 17:30)
Landsea Square
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Craft*folK returns to Landsea Square over the August Bank Holiday with the last of our scheduled events in Cardiff Bay for this year. Our distinctive red and white stalls will border all three sides of Landsea Square and continue backing onto the railings of the Upper Boardwalk.

We will have a fantastic selection of arts and crafts, traditional hot Welsh cakes, cinnamon coated nuts and chocolate brownies with mouth-watering hot chocolate sauce to tempt you. Demonstration stalls and children’s workshops will also feature where you can see our talented crafts people at work. The RSPB will be joining us too, so you can learn all about their work.

A full list of our exhibitors can be viewed at www.craftfolk.com. You can also subscribe to our newsletter if you wish to receive information about our events.

Many Voices, One Nation

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The Senedd
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Many Voices, One Nation is an exhibition exploring the hopes and aspirations for the future of Wales. Commissioned by the National Assembly for Wales in partnership with Ffotogallery, it forms part of the programme of events and activities throughout 2019 to mark the first 20 years of devolution in Wales.

Only Fools: The (Cushty) Dining Experience

- (00:00 - 00:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Journey to The Nag’s Head to meet the pride of Peckham in a t’riffic night out of wheeling, dealing and eating that starts from the moment you arrive! The Trotters try to drum up some cash, but why is the pub closed on the busiest night of the week…?

 

Brilliantly funny, this fully immersive show was written by ITI, the people behind the smash-hit Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. It’s a fabulous, loving tribute to the Only Fools and Horses TV series – and you’d be a plonker to miss it!

Wood Engraving Workshop

(10:30 - 16:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Artist and wood engraver Kath Littler is at Craft in the Bay to share her skills in the craft of wood engraving. Suitable for beginners, the workshop will cover how to use engraving tools to make a variety of cuts for texture and tonal shading. Kath will help you to work out your design and transfer this to a woodblock.  All tools and materials will be provided apart from your own drawing materials. Please bring these along with a simple design including an area of black, an area of white, and 2 – 3 tones in between.This should be small as the block will be about 5 x 7cms. £85 Advance booking here

 

Democracy in Action

- (13:30 - 18:00)
The Senedd
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Experience the Siambr from the Public Viewing Gallery – members of the public can watch Assembly Members on a Tuesday and Wednesday debate, scrutinise and make laws.

September dates:
17-18
24-25

Seats may be available on the day but it is advisable to book by contacting us.

Wool Works – exhibition of textiles

- (10:30 - 17:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Finland comes to Wales in this exciting exhibition of contemporary textiles, jewellery and metalwork. Members of MaP (Makers & Practitioners) in Wales have teamed up with Modus in Finland to celebrate and embrace links between the cultural heritages of both countries.

Map and Modus members will be offering a series of craft workshops for the public and you will also have opportunities to attend artist talks on specialist areas – including ‘Fish Skin Tanning’ and ‘Grandma’s textile boots walk to a modern time’!

 

Democracy in Action

- (13:30 - 18:00)
The Senedd
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Experience the Siambr from the Public Viewing Gallery – members of the public can  watch Assembly Members on a Tuesday and Wednesday debate, scrutinise and make laws.

October dates:
1-2
8-9
15-16
22-23

Seats may be available on the day but it is advisable to book by contacting us.

Inkle Braid Workshop

(10:30 - 16:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Weaver Jane Nicholls will teach you how to weave braids for belts, dog leads, trimmings with tassels using a simple Inkle loom. You may decide to sew your braids together to create a bag, mobile phone holder, cushion cover or place mat – the choices are endless! You will learn how to create individual patterns and colour mixes in your braids, how to set up the loom, weave and finish ends to different lengths.Suitable for beginners and those with some prior weaving experience. Inkle looms and yarn will be provided. £85 Advance booking here.

Grease

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before, this brand-new production is direct from a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Leicester Curve.

 

After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

 

With its phenomenal score, bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, this thrilling new version is brought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic.

On Your Feet!

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Her voice. His vision. Their story. The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical is coming to Cardiff.

On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

 

Featuring 26 of Gloria Estefan’s hits including 1-2-3CongaGet On Your FeetEverlasting LoveDr. BeatMi TierraAnything For YouDon’t Wanna Lose YouRhythm Is Gonna Get YouTurn The Beat Around and more

9 To 5 the Musical

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to the Centre to see Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical, starring Wales’ own Caroline Sheen and Amber Davies!

 

Fresh from 5* reviews and sold-out houses in London’s West End, 9 to 5 The Musical tells the story of 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 an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, and a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, this hilarious new production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

Democracy in Action

- (13:30 - 18:00)
The Senedd
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Experience the Siambr from the Public Viewing Gallery – members of the public can  watch Assembly Members on a Tuesday and Wednesday debate, scrutinise and make laws.

November dates:
5-6
12-13
19-20
26-27

Seats may be available on the day but it is advisable to book by contacting us.

Movie Mixtape: Songs from the Silver Screen

(19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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The red carpet is rolled out for an evening of movie magic, featuring the most iconic songs made famous by films.

 

From Disney to Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing to The Greatest Showman and many more in between, Hollywood blockbuster songs and Oscar-winning melodies of the silver screen come to life on stage with an all-star cast of singers and the soaring sounds of The Novello Orchestra, celebrating the soundtracks that have captivated generations of movie lovers.

 

Conducted by David Mahoney, hosted by Connie Fisher (winner of BBC’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?), and featuring guest artists Lucie Jones (We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde, Rent), Noel Sullivan (Tiger Bay The Musical, Priscilla, Grease), and Ian H Watkins (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, vocalist in Steps).

Nativity! The Musical

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Following a smash-hit 2018 tour and London run, Nativity! The Musical is coming to Wales Millennium Centre this November.

 

Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films.

 

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish – to star in a Nativity – and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! The only trouble is that teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Les Miserables

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables will return to the Centre in 2019.

 

This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs, I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Master Of The House, and many more.

 

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 51 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. Storm the barricades for a ticket.

Democracy in Action

- (13:30 - 18:00)
The Senedd
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Experience the Siambr from the Public Viewing Gallery – members of the public can watch Assembly Members on a Tuesday and Wednesday debate, scrutinise and make laws.

December dates:
3-4
10-11

Seats may be available on the day but it is advisable to book by contacting us.

The King and I

- (19:30 - 22:00)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Hailed as “the theatrical event of 2018”, the multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I is embarking on a World Tour direct from its record-breaking sold-out season at The London Palladium.

 

The King And I is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals – adored by the public and critics alike – with one of the finest scores ever written, including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers and a full-scale orchestra.

Six

- (19:30 - 22:20)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sell-out London smash hit Six is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over!

 

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 80-minute celebration of 21st century sisterly sass-itude. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

Think you know the rhyme, think again….

Divorced. Beheaded. Live!

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

- (19:30 - 22:20)
Wales Millennium Centre
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End and Broadway show is returning to Cardiff.

 

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

 

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

 

Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural WomanTake Good Care of My BabyYou’ve Got a FriendSo Far AwayIt Might as Well Rain Until SeptemberUp on the Roof, and The Locomotion.

We Will Rock You

- (19:30 - 22:20)
Wales Millennium Centre
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The worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK.

 

The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed.

 

Since 2002 over 16 million theatre-goers in 19 countries have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances.

 

 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

- (19:30 - 22:20)
Wales Millennium Centre
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The iconic musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, is coming to Cardiff!

 

Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

 

With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally!