October Spotlight

As the months grow colder, it’s the perfect excuse for a night at the theatre. With a variety of cultural performances and an array of musical events, this October has something for everyone!

Hollie McNish

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Here for one night only, award winning poet and writing pioneer Hollie McNish will be taking to the stage to read and chat openly about her latest collection PLUM.

With over seven million YouTube views, Hollie McNish has taken the poetry world by storm. Using her personal experiences to create candid and expressive poetry, her new collection is set to take you on a fun and relatable journey through the twists and turns of contemporary life.

Having travelled around the UK showcasing her poetry, with numerous appearances on BBC and Radio 1, her compelling performances have kept audiences returning time and time again, guaranteeing a night of culture and entertainment.  Holly will be at the Centre as part of the Ffresh live season on 6 October.

Welsh National Opera: Die Fledermaus

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With her husband facing time in prison, Rosalinde is looking forward to some time with her lover. However, as the cunning characters of the play construct a weave of lies to get them out of formal duties, it seems there can be no secrets. A hilarious story of mistaken identity takes place amongst the splendour of a masquerade ball.

Die Fledermaus is a romantic operatic experience that promises to deliver a night of laughter and emotion. An excellent excuse to get to the theatre with friends this October!  The Welsh National Opera: Die Fledermaus will be at the Centre on 14 October.

Richard Thompson 


Legendary OBE English songwriter, Richard Thompson, will be coming to the Centre for one night of country classics. His distinctive guitar virtuosos are pure genius, prompting Rolling Stone to call him a “dark horse contender for the title of greatest living rock artist”.

His most recent album, ‘Proper’, brings together a history of music, rounding up a career of performing in one showcase. With guest performers Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, the night on 15 October promises to deliver diversity and acoustic enjoyment.

The Hartlepool Monkey 

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The legend of a monkey who was hanged as a French spy will be brought to life through puppetry at the Centre this October.

Gyre and Gimble’s The Hartlepool Monkey, written by Carl Grose, in association with Stratford Circus Arts Centre, is based on the 200-year-old legend of a ship wrecked off the Hartlepool coast with just two survivors: the cabin girl and the ship’s mascot, a chimpanzee in military uniform.

Terrified of French invasion and unfamiliar with what a Frenchman should look like, the locals put the monkey on trial as a spy with grisly consequence.

This classic tale, which examines themes of tolerance and the irrationality of xenophobia, is brought to Cardiff  17-21 October by the renowned puppeteers who brought War Horse to life.

Slava’s Snowshow 


Back by popular demand! Enter the dream world of Slava’s Snowshow as you embark upon a magical, theatrical experience like no other.

As the winter months are upon us, now seems the perfect time to jump into the blizzard of Slava’s snow. Placing you at the heart of the action, the beauty and humour of the performance promises to deliver a time to remember.

Perfect for adults or families the diverse, breathtaking, spectacle is what brings the performance back to the Centre for another year. Slava’s Snowshow will be at the Centre from 17 to the 21 October.

As a Tiger in the Jungle 


Nepalese child trafficking survivors tell their stories in this compelling production.

As a Tiger in the Jungle sees survivors Renu Ghalan and Aman Tamang, join Vietnamese artist Loan Tp Hoang in recounting their tales of lost childhoods.

This powerful and poignant show, coming to Cardiff 24 and 25 October represents an international production partnership of Sverre Waage, of Cirkus Xanti, and Ali Williams, formally Artistic director of nofitstate Wales.

This unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music, explores the exploitation and abuse of Nepalese children whose dreams of circus stardom resulted in a life of slavery.

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P.A.R.A.D.E is an epic spectacle performance created by the National Dance Company Wales. The interactive experience, on 24 and 25 October, begins outside the theatre where protestors lead the audience on a journey through an art installation before heading into the venue.

As you take your seats, the performance will start with the sound of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, immersing you in a musical, artistic dance experience.

Part of the Russia’ 17 season, marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution and its connection with Wales, P.A.R.A.D.E sticks to its roots providing for a night of surrealism linking to its first performance in 1917. A great experience for all the family!

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


Olivier award-winning West End show, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, is coming to the Wales Millennium Centre for the first time. From a simple teenager to a Rock ‘n’ Roll legend, King defines the voice of a generation.

Journeying through her life, the musical includes hits such as, You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend, Take Good Care of my Baby, So Far Away and It Might As Well Rain Until September.

Whether you’re enjoying a night out with friends or time with the family, step back in time to the peak of Rock ‘n’ Roll and soak up this epic musical. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be at the Centre from 30 October to November 4.


New live season at Ffresh


 With Miles Davis’s legendary jazz melodies, sassy circus cabaret performances, and even Donald Trump – Ffresh is not to be missed this month!

Kicking off the month is award winning-poet and writing pioneer Hollie McNish on October 6. While satirical production Trumpageddon will be taking over the Centre on October 7, giving a hilarious and absurd insight into the President’s highly publicised antics.

Then everyone’s favourite night of music and entertainment, Hello Cabaret, returns on October 14. The classic music of Miles Davies: The 1950s and beyond, will be celebrated on October 13, with a live band exploring the rich melting pot of sound that created the iconic jazz sounds of the era.

Then on October 20, vintage dame Lili la Scala will be taking to the stage for a memorable night and a host of Songs to Make You Smile. With her sky-high heels and razor-sharp wit, her cabaret repertoire is one not to be missed!

Finally a wild night of circus, dance and drag awaits guests on October 21 at Mary Bijous’ Cabaret and Social Club. The evening following the cabaret collective’s unique and thrilling performances is certain to lead audiences down the rabbit hold of possibilities.