45+ family-friendly theatre shows and live performances in and around Cardiff for summer 2022 and beyond

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We are so lucky in Cardiff and the surrounding areas to have such great theatres, showing everything from large scale musicals to small independent performances and amazing amateur companies. Big budget production highlights this summer include Disney’s The Lion King and School of Rock at Wales Millennium Centre (on this week) while at the other end of the scale there’s a welcome return for the wonderful Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival at Sophia Gardens, with Go Theatre’s production of Disney’s High School Musical, while the Sherman Theatre’s youth theatre present Treasure Island. The hilariously funny play The Show That Goes Wrong is also at Wales Millennium Centre, there’s a stage adaptation of David Walliams’ much-loved book Gangsta Granny at the New Theatre, Horrible Histories is bringing its Terrible Tudors show to Blackwood and Barry, the Paw Patrol pups will be at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, plus Dinosaur World Live will be bringing its lifelike creatures to Newport and Cardiff.

For the youngest theatre goers, there’s TV faves In The Night Garden at the New Theatre, Tiddler and Other Tall Tales at the Sherman Theatre and the Tiddly Prom at St David’s Hall (I adored these when my children were small).

Pluss, as you’ll see below, loads more theatre and other live shows for all ages. As the title of this post suggests, these are family-friendly shows, aimed at different age groups, up to about 13/14. (There’s also plenty of ‘grown up’ performances you may like to head along to without the children. Check the relevant websites for listings.)

I have given age guidance ratings where supplied by the theatre or production company but this is not available for all shows. If you have any concerns as to whether a show is suitable for your child please speak to the box office directly.

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School Of Rock

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Monday 16-Saturday 21 May

From £19.50

Age guidance 8+, no under 2s

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical School of Roc is the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

New Theatre, Cardiff

Tuesday 24-Saturday 28 May

Age guidance: 10+


A new production of the award winning West End and Broadway show, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, comes to the New Theatre Cardiff. Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.

Singin’ In The Rain

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Monday 23-Saturday 28 May

From £19

Age guidance 5+, no under 2s

Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20’s. Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town.

What Don doesn’t know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice, and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever.

High-energy choreography and sumptuous set design (including over 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combine with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world’s best- loved films. Singin’ in the Rain features the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.

Sam Lips, Charlotte Gooch, and Jenny Gayner, along with Strictly’s Kevin Clifton as ‘Cosmo Brown’, star in Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain.

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors

Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Friday 27 May, 1.30pm and 6.30pm

£14.25 adults, £11.25 concessions

From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as they launch their attack. It’s history with the nasty bits left in.

The Black Spider – Welsh National Opera Youth Opera

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May


Following the enormous success of Brundibar (2019), WNO’s Youth Opera groups once again join forces for a full scale performance.

The Black Spider is a creepy, comic tale that takes us from the present day back to the Middle Ages. We revisit ancient Poland, where a mysterious green man offers to protect a village from their evil landlord in exchange for the beautiful Christina’s hand in marriage. When she breaks her promise and weds her true love instead, the village is cursed with a plague from a spider that crawls out of her hand.

Christina battles to save her people and eventually buries the spider outside the church to end the disaster. However, centuries later amid excavations at the church, archaeologists are hit by an unexplained virus…


Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Monday 30 May-Saturday 4 June

From £18.50

Age guidance 13+

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. Chelsea Halfpenny (9 to 5, BBC’s Casualty, ITV’s Emmerdale) stars as Jenna in the hit musical comedy Waitress, which is brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team.


New Theatre, Cardiff

Monday 30 May-Saturday 4 June


Age guidance: 10+

Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever starring Jake Quickenden (Dancing on Ice winner, Hollyoaks) as loveable cowboy Willard and the legendary Darren Day.

City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned. Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.

Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cutting edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.

I Spy With My Little Eye

Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Monday 30 May, 2pm


Age guidance: 2+

Molly and Bingo the puppy are having a birthday party and, best of all, you’re invited!

There’ll be a terrific treasure hunt, sensational sing-along songs and lots of fantastic games to play, including Molly’s favourite game, I Spy With My Little Eye!

So put on your party clothes and come join a magical day of fun and laughter. It’s going to be the best party ever! After the 60-minute show, there’s a chance for children to meet Bingo and the birthday girl.


The Queen’s Knickers

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 11 June

£12, £10 concessions, £38 family of 4

It’s a busy year for the Queen with lots of important events to attend. But disaster has struck the palace as Her Majesty’s knickers have been nicked – call the royal guard!

Meanwhile, a little girl is wondering what knickers Her Majesty will choose to wear on a school visit. Will they be her ‘at home’ knickers – adorned with corgis – or her ‘garden party’ knickers, or perhaps her woolly Balmoral ones…?

TaleGate Theatre Productions, producers of Father Christmas Needs A Wee! and The Giant’s Loo Roll bring you this regal children’s musical full of songs, silliness and a corgi or two.


New Theatre, Cardiff

Monday 20-Saturday 25 June


Age guidance: 13+

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.

TV personality Gemma ‘The GC’ Collins (The Only Way is Essex), stars as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes is Roxie Hart, West End and TV star Lee Mead is as Billy Flynn and West End star Djalenga Scott is Velma Kelly.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Monday 13-Saturday 18 June


Age guidance: 8+

Mischief’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong was called “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!” by TV duo Ant and Dec. Now in its seventh year, it follows the Cornley Drama Society as they put on a 1920s murder mystery. But as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does. As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue.

Terry Deary’s Twisted Tales

The Riverfront, Newport

Saturday 18 June, 1.30pm and 4.30pm

Adults £17.50, concessions £15.25, family of 4 £53

A new original comedy by Terry Deary (author of Horrible Histories). Three actors perform over 100 roles in as many minutes of fact-based, fast-paced fun.

Mr Pimm, a Victorian school teacher, battles against all odds to teach his pesky pupils a thing or two with hilarious consequences in the quest to discover, ‘can the past really tell the future?’ Full of unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit, enjoy these twisted tales of times gone by in one wild whirlwind that will leave you rolling around with laughter! 


The Curious Case of Aberlliw

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 2 July

£10 per group (up to 6 people per group), includes a resource pack

Age guidance: created for ages 4-12, but all the family are welcome to join in

An interactive outdoor mystery adventure for families. Welcome to the Department of Strange Events. As a new recruit, you are thrown in the deep end with troubling news that a small town in Wales is suffering from a catastrophic, complete loss of colour. One year ago something stole all the colour and nothing has been the same since. Can you help solve the Curious Case of Aberlliw?

You will receive video updates and tasks to complete via an app as you journey around the Memo and Gladstone Gardens.

Book an online start time from 10am-4.30pm. Welsh language sessions available. All sessions are BSL interpreted and all videos on the app are captioned. The trail is accessible for prams, buggies and wheelchairs.

Milkshake! Live – Milkshake Monkey’s Musical

The Riverfront, Newport

Saturday 2 July, 11.30am and 2.30pm

Tickets £18, family of four £70

Milkshake Monkey is excited to be putting on a spectacular new musical. But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen. Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the interactive songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. Join Paddington, Daisy & Ollie, Milo, Noddy, Pip & Posy, Blues Clues & You and of course Milkshake Monkey, alongside two Milkshake presenters, for a show which has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and will get everyone up on their feet.

The Lion King

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Friday 8 July-Saturday 27 August

From £22.50

Age guidance 6+; no under 3s

Experienced by 100 million people globally and still drawing sell-out crowds at London’s Lyceum Theatre in its 20th year, Disney’s The Lion King comes to Cardiff this summer.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this adaptation of Disney’s classic film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 9 July, 2pm and 5pm

£16.50 adults, £14 concession, £55.50 family of 4

From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as they launch their attack. It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

Tiddly Prom – Bert’s Magical Musical Farmyard

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 9 July-Saturday 16 July


Age guidance: 5s and under

As part of the Welsh prom series, Arts Active present the Tiddly Prom, a musical treat for tots and their grown ups, giving little ones a taste of live musical instruments. The clarinet, bassoon and viola are
showcased in this accessible, interactive concert for the under 5s, through silly songs, magic and storytelling. It’s a busy day on Bert’s farm with lots of jobs to be done. But ‘Oho’, the rain is coming down and the tractor is stuck in a muddy ditch. Even with all his friends helping, Bert cannot pull the tractor out of the slippy slidey hole. Perhaps you and the magic of live music can help them?

Family Prom: A Walk On The Wild Side

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Sunday 10 July, 3.00pm

Adults £12.50, under 16s £8, under 5s free

Age guidance: 7+

Join Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Michael Bell MBE, for a fun-filled, hour-long orchestral concert for all the family. CPO celebrate their 40th anniversary with a Walk on the Wild Side, from the Jurassic to the classic in this year’s Family Prom. Discover natural wonders, tall tales and fantasy featuring Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf, reimagined for today’s audience.

The performance will also include John Williams’ favourite Jurassic Park along with Elgar’s Wild Bears (from the Wand of Youth Suite) and Saint-Saëns: The Elephant (from Carnival of the Animals) and a selection from Academy award winning, The Lion King.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – BillBoard Ensemble

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Wednesday 20-Saturday 23 July

Adults £15, concessions £13, group of 4 £50 (2 full and 2 concessions)

Barry’s amateur dramatic society Billboard Ensemble present the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

With an abundance of glitter, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Night, Finally and many more.  

Gangsta Granny

New Theatre, Cardiff

Thursday 21-Sunday 24 July


Ben thinks his Friday night at Granny’s house will be boring – filled with cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake. However Granny has a secret, and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny. From the acclaimed producers of Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie comes the award-winning West End production of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Disney’s High School Musical: on stage!

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Saturday 23-Saturday 30 July

Go Theatre present a stage version of the much-loved Disney musical theme as part of Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festiva. Get’cha head in the game and take a trip to the hallowed halls of East High in this specially adapted version of the smash hit Disney musical. Join Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the students as they deal with first love, friends and family whilst balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities. 

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

New Theatre, Cardiff

Monday 25-Wednesday 27 July


Four classic Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s stories come to the stage, with not just Tiddler but Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze coming to the stage in this perfect introduction to theatre for pre-schoolers.  From the team behind Zog and Tabby McTat, funky moves, expect toe tapping tunes and plenty of humour as these much-loved tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters.

Treasure Island

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Thursday 28-Sunday 30 July

£9, children and under 25s half price

Age guidance 7+

Members of the Sherman Youth Theatre take to the stage with a swashbuckling new version of Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic coming of age adventure story promises an irresistibly entertaining treat this summer. Youth Theatre performers aged 8-18 take to the stage, joined by members of the theatre’s youngest group, Sherman Sherbets, who will appear in recorded audio.

Dinosaur World Live

New Theatre, Cardiff

Friday 29-Sunday 31 July

£15, £56 family of 4

Age guidance: 3+

Experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join the intrepid explorer host across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus. See the dinosaurs up close with a meet and greet after the show.


Mermarella – Cinderella of the Sea

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Wednesday 3 August, 11am and 2pm

£10, £34 family of 4, £2 for the workshop

Age guidance: 4+

Kidnapped from the fresh blue river water to the salty green sea, will Mermarella ever be accepted and find love again in this foreign kingdom? The story best known as Cinderella shape shifts into the world of the seas, linking nations and hosting creatures from both fresh and salt water. Puppetry and shadow theatre for families. There will be a workshop following the 2pm show. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance.

The Rascally Diner

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Wednesday 3 August

Adults £11.75, children £9.75, adult and toddler£18.25, family (2+2) £32.75

Everybody clap your pans – it’s time for The Rascally Diner! Cook up a stink as part of Rufus Skumskins O’Parsleys’ kitchen crew or bring a pot to bang and ward off evil cakes in this fun-filled, messy performance about food.

Hasbro Stars Live – Starring Mr Potatohead

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Sunday 7 August, 12.30pm and 3.30pm

Adults £18, children £17, family of 4 £68

Age guidance: 3+

See amazing music performances from your favourite TV heroes, live on stage. Ben and Holly will bring adventure, song games and laughter for all the family to join in. PJ Masks, fresh after a new adventure, will show all the kids how they too can be amazing super heroes. Plus a very special performance from My Little Pony full of surprises. Joining the headline guests are hosts Mr and Mrs Potato Head, who are very excited and may even perform some duets.

In The Night Garden

New Theatre, Cardiff

Saturday 13-Sunday 14 August


Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are back in their fun-filled live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day. Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all. See all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. Now in its 13th year, the show has been seen by more than 1.3 million people so far. The show lasts just under an hour and little ones will be amazed when they see a very special visit from the amazing flying Pinky Ponk.

Cinderella in Hollywood – English Youth Ballet

New Theatre, Cardiff

Friday 19-Saturday 20 August

£20 – £28

English Youth Ballet’s thrilling new production of Cinderella in Hollywood is set in the glamorous era of Hollywood movies in the fifties. This lavish production draws its inspiration from the film star Grace Kelly who met Prince Rainier of Monaco at a press party and later married him.

The Cher Show

New Theatre Cardiff

Tuesday 12-Saturday 27 August


Age guidance: 12+

From a young kid with big dreams, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame, flying in the face of convention at every turn. With six decades of stardom and more than ahundred million records sold this new musical features some of her biggest songs including The Shoop Shoop Song, I Got You Babe, If I Could Turn Back Time, Strong Enough and Believe. Written by Tony award winning Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this new UK production is directed by Arlene Phillips (Grease, Starlight Express), choreographed by Oti Mabuse (double Strictly winner) with costumes by Gabriella Slade (The Spiceworld Tour, SIX).

Paw Patrol Live: Race To The Rescue

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Thursday 25 August, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm

From £30.50

A live adventure featuring your favourite pup heroes on stage. It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found.PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.

Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

Stars Live

The Riverfront, Newport

Tuesday 30 August, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Tickets £18, family of four £70

The stage is set for the greatest talent show ever! For the first time together, see amazing musical performances from your favourite TV stars, live on stage. Ben and Holly will sing some of their favourite songs with help from the magical Nanny Plum. The PJ Masks heroes, fresh from a new adventure, will show the kids that they can be a hero too! And last but not least, a very special performance from My Little Pony that will get every those hooves stomping. Joining the headline acts are the amazing Mr Potato Head and Mrs Potato Head who are super excited to be hosting the show and who may also have a surprise or two in store. Mr. Monopoly will be making sure that everything is in order back stage as well as making an appearance in the stage show of the year. Get ready for fun, laughter and lots of singing and dancing in the unique multi-character live stage show on its European tour.

And looking further ahead…


Friendsical: A parody musical about Friends

New Theatre, Cardiff

Thursday 8-Saturday 10 September

Age guidance: 12+


Friendsical is an original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in iconic TV show, Friends. When Ross’s wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love? With original new songs such as (He’s her) Lobster!, Richard’s Moustache and You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention! What could possibly go wrong?

The Boy With Two Hearts

Wales Millennium Centre Dance House, Cardiff

Monday 12-Saturday 17 September

From £20

Age guidance: 10+

Following an acclaimed run in 2021, this Wales Millennium Centre production based on the book by Hamed and Hessam Amiri, returns to the Cardiff stage for one week only, before transferring to London’s prestigious National Theatre for a six-week run. Set in Herat, Afghanistan in 2000, it’s about a young mother who, after speaking out against the Taliban, must flee her home and country with her husband and their three sons. Embarking on a long and terrifying journey across Russia and through Europe, they seek final refuge in the UK. But, as their eldest son’s life-threatening heart condition worsens and requires urgent surgery, their escape soon becomes a race against time.

Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow Live

New Theatre, Cardiff

Sunday 25 September, 7.30pm

£31 / £46.50 VIP Meet & Greet

20 years after the hit BBC show Da Bungalow first burst on to our screens, quadruple Bafta award winners Dick & Dom are bringing their own special kind of mayhem live to Cardiff. Fun for all ages and packed with chaos and familiar favourites including Two-Word Tango, Musical Splatues, The Grunty Song, Fairly Hairy Fizzogs, Pants Dance, What a Sweaty Flap and of course Bogies, the live show promises to bring the spirit of Da Bungalow back to life. Expect the unexpected as the legendary Creamy Muck Muck game returns and with appearances from Diddy Dick and Dom, and D.I Harry Batt no member of the audience is safe!


Dinosaur World Live

The Riverfront, Newport

Friday 7 October 4.30pm; Saturday 8 October at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm, Sunday 9 October 11am and 2pm

Tickets £15

Age guidance: 3+

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Livein this roarsome interactive show for all the family. 

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and  Segnosaurus! 

After the 50 minute show, there’s a meet and greet offering brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.


South Pacific

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Tuesday 11-Saturday 15 October


Age guidance: 12+; no under 2s

Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed, landmark production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to Cardiff in 2022. 

This powerful love story, set on a South Pacific island during World War ll, is brought thrillingly to life in an epic new five-star production directed by Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans (Me and My Girl and Fiddler on the Roof). With a sensational cast of over thirty and a full orchestra, this ravishing musical boasts one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, including Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.

Justin Live: The Big Tour

New Theatre, Cardiff

Sunday 16 October


See CBeebies superstar and children’s favourite Justin Fletcher live on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Justin Live is a family show packed full of well-known songs, lots of dancing, comedy and plenty of slapstick fun. Famous for his BAFTA award-winning appearances in hit programmes including Something Special, Justin’s House, Gigglebiz and Gigglequiz, Justin Fletcher MBE is bringing his very own spectacular show to our theatre in 2022.

Milkshake! Live – Milkshake Monkey’s Musical

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Wednesday 26 October, 12.30pm and 3.30pm

Adults £18, children £16.50, family of 4 £68

Milkshake Monkey is excited to be putting on a spectacular new musical. But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen. Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the interactive songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake presenters, this new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet.

The Best of John Williams

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Sunday 30 October, 3pm


From E.T. to Star Wars and beyond, nothing can compare to the iconic film scores of John Williams. This concert is packed full of the Hollywood heavyweight’s most celebrated and iconic musicm including Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., Superman, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and more, performed by the London Concert Orchestra.

Sister Act

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

31 October-5 November


Age guidance: 8+

A new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical Sister Act direct from London., starring TV and West End legend Lesley Joseph, West End sensation and Hairspray favourite Lizzie Bea and Emmerdale and Waitress star Sandra Marvin as Deloris, everyone’s favourite nun on the run.

Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent! Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this heavenly musical is joyous and uplifting in equal measures. A musical sent from above, Sister Act is the brilliant, must-see show which raises the spirits and warms the soul time after time.


Goldilocks / Elen Benfelen

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Friday 4-Saturday 5 November; Monday 28 November-Saturday 31 December


The Sherman’s Studio space presents a new Welsh adaptation of Goldilocks in its Christmas show for children aged 3-6 and their families. Providing the perfect introduction to theatre for little ones, this is a fresh look at the traditional tale. Goldilocks is the English translation of the Welsh language adaptation of Elen Benfelen. The show will be performed in the original Welsh at separate performances.

My Fair Lady

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Tuesday 8-Saturday 26 November


Age guidance: 8+

The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning production of My Fair Lady is coming to Wales Millennium Centre, following a West End run. My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady”. But who is really being transformed? This is first major revival of Lerner & Loewe’s much-loved musical on tour for over 15 years and includes the classic songs I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me to the Church on Time, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, On the Street Where You Live, The Rain in Spain, and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.

Blood Brothers

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Tuesday 29 November-Saturday 3 December

Age guidance: 12+


Willy Russell’s legendary musical tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

Former X Factor finalist Niki Evans returns to the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, and starring alongside her will be the touring circuit’s all-time favourite Mickey, Sean Jones, who will be returning to the role for what will be his final ever tour in Blood Brothers.

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe, Easy Terms and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Saturday 26 November-Saturday 31 December

£16-£27, concessions £2 reduction, children and under 25s half price

Age guidance: 7+

The Sherman’s Main House family Christmas production is a fun and irreverent new take on classic fairy tales. Brought to life by a talented cast of actor musicians, experience the Tales of the Brothers Grimm as you’ve never seen them before.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

New Theatre, Cardiff

Sat 10 December 2022 – Sun 8 January 2023


Steps’s Ian ‘H’ Watkins, rugby legend Gareth Thomas and panto dame extraordinaire Mike Doyle star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs following a triumphant season at the New Theatre last Christmas appearing in Aladdin. The line-up also includes Coronation Street and Emmerdale star Siân Reeves, and comedy ventriloquist, BGT finalist Steve Hewlett. 

Expect comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation and you have the perfect recipe to outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

Les Misérables

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

13 December-14 January

From £22.50

Age guidance: 8+, no under 2s

Back by popular demand following a sell-out run, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables returns to Cardiff.

This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Master Of The House and many more.

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.


Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 December

From £25

This supersized arena spectacular based on the Hollywood blockbuster film features amazing film backdrops on a huge LED screen plus a mobile stage that travels the auditorium, so everyone gets a close-up view of the action. Plus get ready for Santa’s flying sleigh, an audience snowball fight, an indoor snowstorm, a giant candy cane journey from the North Pole, aerial cirque stars and giant TV screens so you don’t miss any of the spectacle.

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