Top 5 shows of 2018

With our fair share of dazzling shows set to grace the stage of the Donald Gordon Theatre in 2018, there’s plenty to get excited about. Here’s our pick of legendary shows coming to Wales Millennium Centre that you can book now.

  1. Sunset Boulevard, 26 February – 3 March

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Leave the cold, dismal weather of February behind and jet off to sunny Los Angeles for a story of celebrity, love and drama.

Based on the 1950 movie of the same name, Sunset Boulevard follows the story of Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis, and a chance encounter that brings them together.

A dethroned heavyweight of the silent screen era, Norma is living in the faded glow of her former stardom, in her old mansion on Sunset Boulevard. Except for her butler, Norma lives in denial, pursuing a lonely, forgotten (and fantasy) life on her estate. When young and impoverished screenwriter, Joe, comes into her life, she sees the opportunity to revive her career and return to the big screen.

A Tony Award winning masterpiece brought to the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard promises spectacular performances, a celebrated score, and much needed escapism.

2. Shrek,  10-22 April

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Are you ready for adventure? Get ready to join a loveable and unlikely hero on his quest to save the sassy Princess Fiona.

Joined by a comical companion (everyone’s favourite noble steed, Donkey), Shrek encounters his fair share of obstacles on his way to save the day, including a fire breathing dragon.

Based on the Oscar-winning Dreamworks Animation Film, Shrek the Musical brings an endearing story to the stage with a winning combination of colour, comedy and fairytales.

Get ready to grin from ear to ear, as excessive laughter is guaranteed with this one.

3. War Horse, 4-28 July

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Based on the novel by the renowned author Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is an imaginative, moving drama following a story of a young boy and his horse during the tragedies of World War I. Parted by the demands of a war-torn Britain, Albert’s father sells his beloved horse Joey to the British Cavalry, and Albert begins his search for his equine best friend across the battlefields of France.

With an exceptionally life-like horse by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse features stunning visualisation that brings the story to life with a great deal of theatre magic.

Heartwarming, thrilling and a total tearjerker, don’t miss War Horse when it comes to us in June.

4. Wicked, 31 October – 24 November

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A wicked witch, an unlikely friendship and a bewitching love story, Wicked is approaching its 15th anniversary, and is a beloved Broadway staple; holding its place as the eighth longest-running show of all time. Grab your broomsticks, Elphaba is due to cast her spell on Cardiff just in time for Halloween.

A charming reimagination of the characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked chronicles the extraordinary friendship and obstacles faced by two witchcraft students, Glinda and Elphaba.

A tale of female empowerment, defeating the limitations of stereotypes, and the power of friendship set against a magical backdrop of Oz, Wicked has captured the hearts of over 7.5million people.  Boasting an irresistible and catchy soundtrack, this is a story you’re unlikely to forget. Get ready, witches, it’s almost time to defy gravity.

5. Matilda, 4 December – 12 January

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She’s right, you’re wrong and there’s nothing you can do about it…

Bringing a little mischief to the stage just in time for Christmas, Matilda the Musical is brought to life by the Royal Shakespeare company, making its Cardiff debut next December.

Based on the uplifting and much beloved work by Roald Dahl, this is a story about a smart and articulate little girl’s mission to escape the villain-like adults around her.  At its core, Matilda the Musical is a touching, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of a childhood favourite, tied together with a witty, catchy soundtrack.

Chocolate cake, tears, and a lot of laughter are in store; so grab your tickets now.