Sherman Theatre’s autumn season includes a bold new production of a timeless Ibsen classic, a new Welsh language production as part of the Get It While It’s Hot platform, two adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen classics to celebrate the festive season and a co-production with local company renowned for creating unique theatrical experiences.
Sherman Theatre’s Executive Director Julia Barry has said “This autumn we are proud to once again work with both exceptional established and emerging artists to tell stories through live theatre for the people of Cardiff. Throughout the season we will be working with performers, writers and directors who have made excellent work here at the Sherman in the past including Katherine Chandler, Sara Lloyd and Conor Mitchell. We will also work with two highly talented female directors, Chelsea Walker and Tessa Walker, and the innovative Cardiff-based company Papertrail for the first time. It is also our pleasure to host the exciting all-female company Criw Brwd, who are at the very start of their creative journey, with the first Welsh language play to be presented as part of our Get It While It’s Hot platform.”
Chelsea Walker (A Streetcar Named Desire, UK Tour) directs a bold, new production of Brian Friel’s version of the Ibsen classic Hedda Gabler (18 Oct – 2 Nov). Beguiling, fascinating and troubling, there is no other character in drama like Hedda Gabler. She has everything she said she wanted and nothing she really desires. Now time is ticking, and she’s losing sense of who she really is. Following the recent success of A Doll’s House, The Weir and The Cherry Orchard, Hedda Gabler is this year’s autumn season main house production at Sherman Theatre.
A Night in the Clink (15 – 18 & 22 – 25 Sept) is the first collaboration between Cardiff based company Papertrail and Sherman Theatre. This unique production, created and directed by Papertrail’s Artistic Director Bridget Keehan, is staged at The Clink Restaurant, HMP Cardiff. Audiences will be able to enjoy a delicious tapas style menu prepared by the in-house culinary team while listening to an evening of stories inspired by the prisoners currently training as chefs and waiters as part of their sentence. These stories, written by acclaimed Welsh Playwrights Matthew Bulgo, Branwen Davies and Tracy Harris have emerged from a series of workshops undertaken by Papertrail with the Clink Cardiff team.
Get It While It’s Hot, Sherman Theatre’s platform for emerging theatre companies returns with local theatre company Criw Brwd’s first ever production Yn Ei Blodau (19 – 23 Nov). Combining red hot, contemporary theatre with a pie and a drink all for £12.50 - it is the perfect way to unwind with friends after work. This production is performed in Welsh, Non Welsh speakers and learners can follow the play throughout with English surtitles at all performances.
In recent years the Sherman has established itself as home to Cardiff’s finest Christmas family entertainment. This year, ages 3 – 6 will enjoy a new production of The Ugly Duckling / Yr Hwyaden Fach Hyll (8 & 9 Nov and 2 – 31 Dec) adapted by Katherine Chandler, Sherman Theatre’s Writer in Residence. Directed by Sara Lloyd, this perfect, heart-warming treat will bring the Sherman Theatre Studio to life with enchanting music and playful characters.
For ages 7 and over our main house Christmas show is a glittering, new, theatre adventure The Snow Queen (29 Nov – 31 Dec). Written by Conor Mitchell, this brand-new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic is directed by Tessa Walker (101 Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep) and is performed by an exceptional cast of actor musicians.
Sherman Theatre is also a stage for Wales’ national companies, the best touring shows, comedians and more.
Cerys Matthews takes audiences on a journey around the world to celebrate her love of food and music Where the Wild Cooks Go is at the Sherman on 4 Sept.
National Theatre Wales return to Sherman Theatre with On Bear Ridge, a co-production with Royal Court Theatre, London. This new play by one of Wales’ most celebrated writers Ed Thomas (Hinterland) features a stellar all Welsh cast: Rakie Ayola (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Jason Hughes (Violence and Son, Royal Court Theatre), Rhys Ifans (Exit the King, National Theatre) and Siôn Daniel Young (Killology, Sherman Theatre & Royal Court Theatre).
Hijinx in association with Blind Summit bring their international hit Meet Fred back to Cardiff from 26 – 28 Sept. This global phenomenon has been translated into ten languages and performed in over 100 cities.
Music Theatre Wales & Royal Opera House with London Sinfonietta present The Intelligence Park (8 Oct). Real life and make-believe merge in this new, messed-up Baroque production which explores notions of sexuality, creativity and obligation.
Sherman Theatre’s first Company in Residence Cwmni Pluen Company return with Mags (12 – 15 Nov), a compelling, bilingual production following one woman’s journey to find her people and place.
Autumn 2019 is a strong season for comedy fans: Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash-ups Christina Bianco celebrates the stars who’ve made lasting impressions on us all in First Impressions (10 Sept). John-Luke Roberts brings his unique style of comedy to Cardiff on 11 Oct; Britain’s Got Talent finalist and star of Radio 4, Daliso Chaponda’s Blah Blah Blacklist is on 8 Nov. Acclaimed stand-up and star of Father Ted and My Hero Ardal O’Hanlon insists that The Showing Off Must Go On (5 Dec).
Part-gig, part-trip to their mums’ living room, And She (1 – 2 Oct) is the new show from emerging theatre trio Bonnie and The Bonnettes in which they delve into motherhood, womanhood, and femininity through conversations with their mums.
Black football player Laurie Cunningham defied racial abuse and physical threats in 70s Britain to produce dazzling football. Combining compelling drama with music and speeches from the period, Getting the Third Degree (25 Oct) tells Laurie Cunningham’s powerful and deeply moving story. Getting The Third Degree was commissioned by Kick It Out to recognise the 25th anniversary of its ongoing battle against discrimination in football.
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