Spotlight on February

After a long, dreary, and very cold January, it’s finally over. February has arrived along with a new schedule of entertainment.

With soaring, operatic voices from the Welsh National Opera (WNO), stunning showcases of movement from NDC Wales and a transatlantic tale of fading Hollywood stardom, February’s line up is sure to cheer up what’s left of the winter season.

Here’s what’s coming up…

Sunset Boulevard

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning stage production of Sunset Boulevard will hit our stage between 23 February – 3 March.

Norma Desmond is an ageing film queen, a former golden girl of the Hollywood age. Living in her own reality on her decaying estate and refusing to accept the days of silent screen are a thing of the past, she happens upon a struggling screen writer. Joe Gillis is on the run from debt collectors, getting wrapped up in the elegance of Norma until he starts to feel suffocated by her presence.

When he falls in love with another woman, things take a turn for the worst, with devastating consequences.

With an impressive score including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, and As If We Never Said Goodbye, let us take you on a trip to Los Angeles where the bright lights are not as they seem.

WNO: La Forza del Destino

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WNO will be bringing Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, often translated as The Power of Fate or The Force of Destiny, to our stage for a number of dates this month.

The story of two lovers, Leonora and Don Alvaro, who are tragically torn apart after a bullet from Alvaro’s gun mistakenly hits Leonora’s father. The two are forced to go on the run as Leonara’s brother swears to avenge his father’s death.

We follow the two as they are reunited in a series of coincidental meetings, while Preziosilla serves as a continues reminder that fate and destiny will always work their magic.

The instantly recognisable score is sung in both Italian and English and accompanied by Welsh surtitles. La Forza del Destino will be with us at the Centre on 2, 10 & 17 February.

Build a universe

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Ever wanted to get in a rocket ship and escape to the moon? Or even further? Yeah, us too.

It’s February half term, and you might no idea what to do with the kids to keep them occupied. Do not fret – we’ve got you covered, and all in the warmth of our building.

This half term we’ll be building and entire new universe in the Glanfa. The kids will board The Millennium Seagull and become a part of the crew as a Universe Explorer. We’ll explore our surroundings, discover new planets and build our very own satellites on our important Centre mission. Use your imagination and crafty workmanship to take your little ones on a journey to another universe.

This a free event running between Monday 19 February – Saturday 24 February 11am – 4 pm. Just turn up, we’ll do the rest! With all of the fun, and none of the mess, this is the ideal way of keeping the whole family occupied.

WNO: La Tosca

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When Floria Tosca is forced to jump to her rebel lovers aid to save his life, she assumes a role she never could have predicted.

A dramatic and tragic tale unfolds as Scarpia, the Chief of Police, plots against Floria and her lover, Cavaradossi. Follow Floria as she attempts to save the life of her beloved from an evil admirer who will stop at nothing to see her in his arms.

Set in Rome, during Napoleon’s invasion, conflict and lust take hold in a bloody finale. Puccini’s La Tosca will be with us for five days throughout February, check dates and ticket availability here.

Youth Dance Night

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National Dance Company Wales will be hosting an evening to showcase some of the country’s most talented young dancers.

Dance troupes and groups from all over Wales will gather to put on one spectacular night for rhythm enthusiasts to enjoy.

With the help of National Dance Company Wales’ Artistic Director, Caroline Finn, the young dancers will have the opportunity to put all their hard work on display for an intimate audience at the Centre.

Youth Dance Night will be held on 25 March.