5 Fantastic Theatres in South Wales


The Sherman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

When visiting Wales for the first time or the hundredth time, the one thing you will most assuredly want to do is have a night out at the theatre. If there is one thing the UK is famous for around the globe is the amazing theatres that offer everything from Broadway musicals to family theatre to opera. Whether staying in Cardiff or any of the outlying cities and towns, you will find some of the best entertainment there is to be found while getting a taste of culture, Welsh style of course! Here is a sampling of some of the favourite theatres Wales has to offer.

1. Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff opened back in November of 2004 and over the past decade has been host to a great number of theatre events including such things as ballet, opera, musicals and comedy events. The centre itself is an arts centre that is located on a total land area of 4.7 acres and there is always something on that will draw massive crowds from around the UK as well as around the globe. You just can’t get a taste of Cardiff without seeing a live performance at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Millenium Centre
Relaxing outside The Millennium Centre, Cardiff

2. The New Theatre, Cardiff

Beautifully situated on a corner, this unusually shaped building is a tourist attraction in itself. Within recent months the New Theatre Cardiff has hosted shows such as the acclaimed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Last Tango and Footloose. This is one venue you won’t want to miss and once you return home from your travels you can leave a comment on their Facebook page to tell the world what you saw and of your stay in this capital city of Wales.

The New Theatre

3. Memo Arts Centre in the Vale of Glamorgan

Billed as a multi-purpose venue for the arts, this theatre is actually the largest in all of the Vale of Glamorgan. Recently the venue hosted the Royal Opera House Live: Boris Godunov which was well attended. At an event like this you will want to wear semi-formal to formal attire and if you didn’t bring any along for the trip, go online to quickly order the perfect dress for the occasion. Being a small nation, you can have your dress by the very next day, on time for your evening out at the opera. If you’ve come unprepared and need the perfect formal wear, click here for more info. Don’t miss out on a great Welsh experience simply because you didn’t pack for the theatre!

Sherman Cymru
Mr A and I enjoying a night at Sherman Cymru

4. Sherman Cymru

We have been to many shows at The Sherman Theatre in the heart of the city and have never been disappointed. Their main focus is on showcasing and supporting Welsh talent and is always fantastic seeing such professional home grown productions come to life. They also offer most of their shows in both English and Welsh meaning this theatre has some real importance in providing a home for Welsh language performances. They also regularly offer family friendly features as well as shows for toddlers and babies.

5. Chapter Arts Centre

Located in the creative suburb of Canton only a short walking distance from the City Centre, this place is a hub for community projects, art house cinema, art exhibitions and independent theatre productions. You are never short of things to see or do at Chapter plus they have an amazing cafe bar serving up a lot of local produce. 

So there you have just a sampling of theatres in Wales. Whether you are looking to bring the kids along for a family event or seeking a night out at the ballet, Wales has much to offer around the entire country. London may not be more than a few hours ride away, but you will find just what you need right here in Wales. Save London for another trip and enjoy your time here in Wales now. You’ll be glad you did.

South Wales


  1. Fab post. I love going to the theatre with my girls. I haven't heard of the memo before. We love the Everyman theatre and have booked tickets already to see Peter Pan there in the summer. The new theatre is another favourite of ours too x

  2. Looks like you guys have been busy. I need to attend more shows this year.

  3. I love going to the theatre and have never been to Wales so one day I would like to go and explore what is has to offer.

  4. I love going to the theatre. I've taken Eva a few times but only to the new theatre. This is a great list. I must admit I always forget to check whats actually on at the sherman. I've never heard of the memo arts centre x

  5. Ah, we are so lucky in Cardiff to have so many brilliant theatre venues. Theatre has been a big part of my life so I love taking my children along to see shows. I especially like the pre-school stuff the Sherman do. x

  6. We love the theatre, my charity has just signed up to Sherman 5 and I am really excited to see some shows this year. Great post, makes me proud to live in Cardiff x


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