Spotlight April

Goodbye March and hello April– and spring has certainly sprung here at the Centre!

This month we’ve got something for everyone including comedy, romance, history, opera and dance.

We’ve also got a whole lot of family fun – check out our Easter blog.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our highlights …


Matthew Bourne’s nationally renowned show offering a twist on the classic Cinderella story is coming to the Centre this month.

In this modern adaptation, this beloved fairy tale is set against the backdrop of London in the Second World War, with Cinderella and her prince thrown together during the Blitz.

After a chance meeting, Cinderella and her dashing RAF pilot enjoy a magical night together before being torn apart by their dramatic surroundings.

New Adventures brings this nationally acclaimed tale of love and loss to the stage as part its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Cinderella will appear at the Centre between April 3 to 7.



Brave veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield are set to relive their remarkable experiences as part of a unique production.

Lola Aria’s Minefield, will bring together six Falklands and Malvinas war veterans to share first-hand stories and memories from their time facing conflict.

The show will combine theatre and film to help the veterans retell their harrowing stories drawing on songs, films, and photos from the wars.

Minefield is a collaboratively created work which aims to explore the minefield of memory, where truth and fiction collide.

The production, from April 5 to the 7, is brought to the Centre by LIFT and the Royal Court Theatre.


Fat Friends: The Musical

X Factor winner Sam Bailey is taking to the stage in this musical adaptation of Kay Mellor’s beloved show Fat Friends.

An all-star cast from stage and screen will be joining her at the Centre for this laughter-filled show from April 24 to the 28. Taking to the stage for this unmissable show will be Coronation Street’s beloved Kevin  Kennedy, along with West End favourite Jodie Prenger, and Emmerdale and Wicked star Natalie Anderson.

The show reunites some of TV’s favourite foodie friends as they continue their quest for fitness at Super Slimmers. Packed full of laughter, hope, and hilarity, audiences are certain to love this adaptation.




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 10 to the 22.

The tale follows angry ogre Shrek who is sent on an unlikely quest to save Princess Fiona with the help of his sassy sidekick.



Opera’r Ddraig

Women of opera unite for this passionate performance exploring the unsung heroines of the stage.

Opera’r Ddraig is celebrating opera’s lesser-known female characters during this thrilling night of music and song.

The performance will explore the portrayal of women through the traditionally male-dominated world of opera, celebrating their contribution and presence.

Opera’r Ddraig will take to the stage on April 13.



Go behind the scenes at Wales’s busiest hospital in this insightful, tragic, and heart-warming show celebrating the NHS’s 70th anniversary.

Nyrsys, brought to the stage by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, takes an in-depth look at the challenging daily lives of nurses working on a Welsh cancer ward.

Created using interviews with real nurses, this play shines a light on their daily experiences and the sisterly bond that offers invaluable support to them every day. Told through song and drama, Nrysys praises these often unsung heroes and offers a unique insight into the NHS.

Directed by Sara Lloyd and written by Bethan Marlow, this is the first public presentation of this work in progress before it undergoes further development ahead of a Wales-wide tour in December.

Nrysys comes to the Centre on April 17.


Transitions Dance Company: Triple Bill 2018

A triple bill of dynamic, eclectic, and innovative dance performances awaits you on April 21.

Transitions Dance Company takes to the stage with a specially commissioned trio of works which are certain to excite, engage and thrill!

During the show 14 international dancers will be showcasing pieces ranging in themes from poetic to humorous, and technical to intricate.

Works from international choreographers Richard Chappell, Jarkko Partanen, and Hagit Yakira will be on display.


Sheridan Smith in Concert

Rounding off a jam-packed month is multi-talented star of stage and screen Sheridan Smith.

The BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning performer is heading to the Centre on April 29th to share stunning works from her new self-titled album.

Having won critical acclaim across the UK for her roles in Funny Girl and Legally Blonde this is certain to be a night to remember.