Once upon a time in the land of hills and song, there was a theatre and arts centre which was beloved by all who visited it …
Yes you guessed it, it’s National Storytelling Week once again!
To celebrate this national initiative, which encourages people to explore their love of literature, we will be delving into the fantastical world of fairy tales.
Take a look at the heroes and villains, glass slippers, beauties and beasts, fairy godmothers, magic and ogres that we’ve got coming to the Centre this year …
The Sleeping Beauty
A classic fairy tale of cursed spinning wheels and true love’s kiss is coming to the Centre in March.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s magical retelling of the classic Charles Perrault tale The Sleeping Beauty will be taking to the stage from March 14th to the 17th.
The beloved tale of a princess cursed to fall into a deep enchanted sleep at the touch of a spindle, is set to be transformed into a highly acclaimed ballet when it reaches the stage.
With a classic score from the renowned Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Sleeping Beauty is set to be unmissable.
Beauty and the Beast
Everyone’s favourite tale as old as time is heading to the Centre for a stunning musical spectacular.
Beauty and the Beast in Concert will combine film and live music for an unforgettable theatre experience this March.
Originally adapted from French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince cursed to live as a beast until he can learn what true love is.
The 2017 retelling of this classic tale, starring Emma Watson starring as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, will be screened at the Centre on March 18.
Adding to the magic of the evening, its beloved original songs including Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast will be brought to life in all their glory by a stunning live orchestra.
Book your tickets for this timeless love story today.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
With its glass slippers, fairy godmothers, pumpkins and true love, Cinderella is one of literature’s most enduring fairy tales.
First published by Charles Perrault, it follows the hopes and dreams of a young woman fighting against the rule of her wicked stepmother to win the heart of her prince against all odds.
However, Matthew Bourne’s critically acclaimed performance offers a twist on the tale, setting Cinderella and her prince against the heart-breaking backdrop of the Second World War.
Bourne’s sold out show sees the heroine and her true love transported to war-torn London where they are ripped apart by the devastation of the Blitz.
Adding to the vivid retelling is its evocative original soundtrack recorded by a 60-piece orchestra, with Olivier Award-winning costumes from Lez Brotherston.
Brought to the Centre by New Adventures, this thrilling and evocative adaptation will form part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Shrek The Musical
Join everyone’s favourite Ogre, his trusty donkey and a princess with a magic secret in Cardiff this April.
Shrek the musical will be taking to the stage at the Centre for an all-singing, all-dancing show from April 10th to the 22nd.
The tale, which is loosely based on William Steig’s 1990 fairy tale of the same name and became a smash-hit animation, follows angry ogre Shrek who is sent on an unlikely quest to save Princess Fiona with the help of his sassy sidekick.
Starring Steffan Harri, as green hero Shrek, and Laura Main, as Princess Fiona, this live action adaptation will bring together a gang of fairy tale misfits for an irresistible mix of mayhem, love, and laughter.
Fans of this Tony-award-winning Broadway classic will be Defying Gravity when it hits our stage in October.
Elphaba, Glinda and the gang will be casting a spell over Cardiff when they arrive at the Centre this Halloween!
Based on the Gregory Maguire novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, this musical has won critical praise around the world receiving over 100 awards thanks to its heart-warming story and award-winning score.
Wicked follows the unlikely friendship between two best friends whose lives are changed forever when a twist of fate sets them on two very different destinies.
Adding to this spellbinding story is its beloved songs including the instant classic Defying Gravity, Popular, and For Good.
This enchanting musical will be a must-see when it hits the stage from October 31 to November 24.