CARDIFF - HOME TO THE OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING REGIONAL THEATRE OF THE YEAR
Based in the heart of Cardiff, Sherman Theatre is a leading producing house with a particular focus on the development and production of new work.
In January 2018 Sherman Theatre became the first in Wales to win the Regional Theatre of the Year title at The Stage Awards, recognising the Sherman as the most exciting theatre in the UK, outside of London.
In April 2018 Rachel O’Riordan’s production of Killology by Gary Owen won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. This was a co-production with London's Royal Court Theatre.
Sherman Theatre makes and curates theatre for audiences in Wales, across the UK and internationally and develops the work of Welsh and Wales based artists.
Sherman Theatre generates opportunities for the citizens of Cardiff to connect with theatre through inspiring and visionary engagement.
Watch a message of thanks from Sherman Theatre Artistic Director Rachel O'Riordan:
RECENT SUCCESS INCLUDES:
Winner - Regional Theatre of the Year, The Stage Awards 2018
Winner - Killology (Co-production with Royal Court Theatre) Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre, Olivier Awards 2018
Winner - Denise Black (The Cherry Orchard) - Best Performance in a Play, UK Theatre Awards 2018
Nomination - Sophie Melville (Iphigenia in Splott) - Outstanding Solo Performance, Drama Desk Awards 2018
Spring 2019 Season
This Spring season at Sherman Theatre is my final season as Artistic Director of this extraordinary theatre. I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our audience, for a wonderful ‘almost’ five years.
You have come with us on a journey to becoming a theatre this city can be proud of, an award-winning theatre which is focused on and galvanized by Welsh artists. Sherman Theatre is proud to be a major force in theatre across the UK, but even prouder to be Cardiff’s theatre. The work in this season is almost a culmination of the ethos which has informed my time here; we have a new Welsh language play, Woof, written by Elgan Rhys and directed by Gethin Evans. Both these artists have been nurtured by the Sherman’s artist development programmes; from being assistant directors with me. I am so proud to see them back on our stages as commissioned and employed professional theatre makers. Woof tackles contemporary issues, it is bold and brave, and it’s in the national language. Long may this spirit continue here.
We also have our second co-production with Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, a radical, reframed The Taming of the Shrew by trans playwright Jo Clifford. This sideways look at one of Shakespeare’s most discussed plays will be directed by West End/RSC director Michael Fentiman, and promises to be a riotous, challenging and sexy new look at this play through a modern understanding of gender and politics. I am also delighted to produce another new play by a Welsh playwright; Lose Yourself by Katherine Chandler, whose play Bird moved and challenged audiences here. This gutsy play about rape culture in football will be directed by Patricia Logue. This powerhouse Cardiff female partnership are both Associate Artists of Sherman Theatre.
Another really exciting element to this spring season is our fourth co-production with RWCMD on NEW. This year, however, it’s even more exciting because our play is written by Jacob Hodgkinson, one of our New Welsh Playwrights Programme participants, and directed by Hannah Noone, a member of the JMK/Sherman Directors’ Group. This bold commitment to strategic development of new Welsh artists has been a core element of my artistic leadership. We are hugely grateful to The Carne Trust for the support for our artist development schemes.
We are proud to showcase the work of our new bilingual Company in Residence, PowderHouse, who present Saethu Cwningod / Shooting Rabbits which explores Wales’ connection to European political action. Chelsey Gillard and Jac Ifan Moore make up PowderHouse, with both of their careers having been developed through opportunities afforded to them by Sherman Theatre’s sector leading scheme the JMK/Sherman Directors Group. We are also happy to host work by Frân Wen and National Dance Company Wales on our stage and to be working in collaboration with Hijinx, giving Sherman audiences as wide an opportunity as possible to see great work on their doorstep.
Alongside a vibrant curated season including top-class comedy and delightful family shows, this Spring is a wonderful example of what Sherman does best. We put you, our audience, at the heart of every choice we make. I will miss this extraordinary place very much, as I go to take up a new position as Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith in London. I wish my successor all the joy I have had in making work for you.