The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival – 2016

Summer is well and truly on its way with warmer days and lighter evenings it always gets me thinking about summer music festivals, days down the beach and evening activities with the family.

The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival is back this year and I am extremely happy to have been asked to review some performances.

I have always been a fan of the theatre, in my teens I would love to perform and sing on stage so this opportunity is right up my street.

If like me the thought of a relaxing summer evening in Sophia Gardens watching a performance by the ever so talented Everyman Theatre has left you wanting more than look no further…here is a snip of what’s to come this year at The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival 2016

This season starts with  Into the Woods playing from 23 June – 2 July.

Audiences will be transported deep into the woods: where wishes come true and curses are reversed. One of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest musicals, Into the Woods is an enchanting theatrical masterpiece, filled to the brim with a feast of fabled characters. Directed by Richard Tunley with Musical Direction by Rob Thorne Jnr. this is the perfect show to open the 2016 festival. It’s too late to turn back – the adventure has begun!

‘Allo ‘Allo   has gone alfresco! and is showing From 7 July – 16 July

Café René will welcome summertime audiences to the little French rural town of Nouvion. Owner René Artois risks more than his life on a daily basis during wartime German occupation as he attempts to satisfy the demands of the German Army, the French Resistance, his wife and both his waitresses! The team that brought you last year’s hilarious staging of Blackadder, lead by director Simon H West, are pleased to present the hugely popular stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo at the 2016 Everyman Summer Festival.

From 21 July – 30 July perhaps the most famous of all Shakespeare’s plays, in this the 400th year of his death, Romeo and Juliet will take to the outdoor stage led by Jack Paterson and Mark Modzelewski, two experienced directors who are new to the festival. In modern Verona, violence erupts between the Montagues and Capulets with tragic consequences. With the death of their children, the citizens come together and through song, movement and story examine how they came to such tragedy. Shakespeare’s classic tale of “star-cross’d lovers”, forbidden love and blind passion is a tale of firsts.

Disney’s Peter Pan is running from 23-30 July.

Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children in Disney’s adaptation of their beloved animated film, performed by AndGo Theatre and choreographed and directed by Emma Jayne Parker. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader”, “You Can Fly”, “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”.

Finishing off the programme are India Dance Wales who present two hypnotic shows on Sunday 10 July, Shishya and Shakuntala, and Everyman Youth Theatre will present Richard II on Sunday 24 July.

The festival site itself is growing and changing with additional picnic spaces and Pugh’s Garden Village, who are proud to add a touch of nature to Everyman this year. You will really feel like you have ventured into the woods with a walk amongst their wilderness of trees that adorns each and every aspect.

Really treat the family..  every night from 6.30pm coffee, ice creams and a bar will be on site. If you feel peckish Dusty Knuckle Pizza are again returning to The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival.

Should the air turn cooler, blankets are available to hire.

Tickets for Into the Woods, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Romeo and Juliet are £13-£17.

Tickets for Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. are £9 each or £30 for a family ticket for four people.

Shishya and Shakuntala are priced at £9 and £17 respectively

Richard II tickets are £7

For more information and to book tickets online visit the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival website:

everymanfestival.co.uk or call the box office on 0333 6663366

 

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