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Swansea Grand Theatre Theatr y Grand Abertawe

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Winter Spring Gaeaf Gwanwyn ’09

Box Office / Swyddfa Docynnau

01792 475715 www.swanseagrand.co.uk


At the Grand

Wed 17th Dec 08 - Sun 18th Jan 09 Various times

Inspirational Aspirational Traditional Come and be taught Classical ballet, Drama and Dance in the exciting atmosphere of the theatre, under the guidance of highly qualified teachers. Pupils are encouraged to achieve their highest possible potential and gain self-confidence and physical skills through the inspirational medium of dance and drama. Andrea Jones Examiner and Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. AISTD Dip (MB); AISTD (IB, NB, TB)

Ballet classes from Pre-school to Vocational Grades. Jennifer King BA (Hons) Cert Ed Dip (Drama) L.A.M.D.A. Drama from 8 years.

Acting, voice techniques as well as coaching for audition and performance pieces. Louise Edwards Diploma in Dance (Distinction) from Arts Educational School

Commercial Jazz (8+) and Hip Hop (12+) For further information please call Andrea Jones on 01792 475242 Ext. 5

Footlights Café Bar Morning tea and coffee, lunchtime specials and pre-show dinners are all on offer. The perfect place to relax and meet friends. For reservations please call Footlights on 01792 478593. Bookings advisable.

Opening Hours (Tues- Fri) 11.00am - 3.30pm, 5.00pm - 30 mins after show ends. (Sat) 11.00am - 30 mins after show ends. (Sun & Mon) Show days only - 1 hour before performance starts until end of interval.

Car Parking We now have an additional car park for theatre patrons use when attending performances. Please see map towards the back of the brochure.

Cinderella The most enchanting of all fairytales offers a glistening, twinkling, sparkling and shining experience at Swansea Grand Theatre! Su Pollard will be Baroness Hardup, Cinderella’s evil stepmother, CBeebies children’s presenter, Chris Jarvis, is loveable Buttons. Sarah Thomas from ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ makes the dreams come true as the Fairy Godmother and Swansea favourites Kevin Johns & Frank Vickery are the Ugly Sisters. Local rising star, Nia Jermin, plays the title role, Cinderella, but will she get to try on the glass slipper, will it fit or will her ugly sisters step into her shoes first? The Sensational Shetland Ponies take Cinderella to the ball in a spectacular carriage. A magical family production that will light up the festive season!

£7.50 - £18.00. Family(4) £60.00 Selected concessions available on selected performances✦ Signed performances: 7th Jan, 15th Jan - 2.00pm. 8th Jan, 14th Jan - 7.00pm. Audio Performance: 3rd Jan 2.00pm.


Wed 21st Jan 7.30pm

Paul Carrack Pop and soul legend Paul Carrack stops off at Swansea as part of his UK winter tour. The former vocalist of Mike and The Mechanics and the voice behind world-wide hits such as Ace’s ‘How Long’, Squeeze’s ‘Tempted’ and of course, timeless classic ‘The Living Years’, has a reputation as a stunning live performer. Playing both solo and with his brilliant 7 piece band, expect to hear other songs from his Greatest Hits album as well as the new hit singles ‘Ain’t no Love in the heart of the city’ and ‘I don’t want to hear any more’.

£22.50 & £24.50

Fri 23rd Jan 7.00pm

Sat 24th Jan 7.30pm

Mon 2nd Feb 7.30pm

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music

Sounds of The Glenn Miller Era

Stephen K Amos

The smash-hit musical show that has been all around the world and is now back in Swansea.

Nick Ross Orchestra

New comedy from the star of LIVE AT THE APOLLO (BBC) and THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW (ITV).

For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!

The lights soften, the mood settles. An audience waits for that first moment of sound. The Big Band is poised, relaxed, but with eyes anxious for the lead. Then, as if giving body to an echo, the murmured notes of ‘Moonlight Serenade’… and the night, it seems, is suddenly full and timeless. There are those who watch and listen, who tap a shy finger to the melodies, others who follow with a silent foot-beat, still others who murmur softly through the lyrics, and those who simply permit a fleeting smile. But common to all are memories. Recapture the sounds of a bygone era with ‘an unmissable evening of music and song’.

£14.00 Selected concessions available✦

£14.50 & £15.50

Find The Funny

Sell out tours in 2005/6/7.

£12.50 & £14.50 “You’ll laugh until you actually cry” Sunday Express


Ellen Kent Productions presents the Russian Classical Ballet Theatre

*Cast subject to change.

Sun 25th - Mon 26th Jan

Ellen Kent Productions return with the best of Russian classical ballet with principal stars of international reputation delivering performances of breathtaking technique and dazzling artistry, together with a large corps de ballet and live orchestra. Starring the outstanding Kristina Terentiev*, Grand Prix winner of the International Dance Competition, Vienna 2007. Sun 25th Jan 2.30pm

Coppelia Delibes Coppelia is a delightful ballet telling the fantastical tale of an eccentric toymaker and his amazing creations, which include a lifelike doll. Considered a jewel of the classical ballet repertoire it is here presented with a kaleidoscope of colours and is an enchanting entertainment for the whole family.

Not to be missed!

£10.50 - £22.50 Selected concessions available✦

“If you ever needed to explain the pleasures of ballet, you could do no better than take them to this production of Coppelia” Liverpool Daily Post

Mon 26th Jan 7.30pm

Swan Lake Tchaikovsky Swan Lake is one of the most successful and popular ballets of all time. Set against enchanting German fairytale castles, dense forests and moonlit lakes, it includes hauntingly beautiful music, romantic tragedy and two great pas de deux.

Not to be missed!

“An enjoyable and enthralling classic”

£16.00 - £29.50

Manchester Evening News

Selected concessions available✦


Ian Dickens Productions Ltd. presents

Tues 27th - Sat 31st Jan 7.30pm, Sat Mat 2.00pm

Murder With Love By Francis Durbridge Leslie Grantham, EastEnders’ icon-‘Dirty Den’, stars alongside Stephen Beckett, probably best known for his on-going role as Dr. Matt Ramsden in Coronation Street and as PC Mike Jarvis in The Bill, Neil Stacy, who audiences remember best from series such as The House Of Windsor & Duty Free, and Marcus Hutton (Nathan Cuddington’ in Brookside)star in this gripping thriller. Many people dislike Larry Campbell, but none with more reason than David Ryder who pursues his vendetta by obtaining a key to Campbell’s flat with the intent to exact his revenge, but his plans do not go as expected. Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are woven into this web of crime, culminating in a tantalising twist in the tale. Fast-paced, exciting and packed full of blind alleys and red herrings this thriller from the master craftsman of the genre will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

£8.50 - £16.50 Selected concessions available✦

16+

Tues 3rd Feb 7.30pm

Wed 4th Feb 7.30pm

An Evening with Tony Benn

4 Poofs and a Piano

The veteran Labour politician, Tony Benn, will be talking about his life in politics and what he thinks about the changes in the Labour party. Expect an evening of frank responses and entertaining political anecdotes. This is a welcome sequel to his original legendary theatre tour.

More Hairdressers Than Barber Shop.

£11.00 & £15.00 Selected concessions available✦

4 Poofs and a Piano have become a household name thanks to their appearance on the hugely popular, award winning Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. In this, their first national tour, the boys are promising an eclectic mix of song and dance, from jaunty reworkings of classic covers to their own comic observations of life in the noughties.

£12.50 & £14.50 “There could be 5 Poofs and 2 pianos soon” Elton John


The Sir Harry Secombe Trust presents

Thurs 5th Feb 7.00pm

Derek Block proudly presents by arrangement with Allan Blackburn International

16+

Fri 6th Feb 7.30pm

Sat 7th Feb 7.30pm

A Gala Night at the Musicals

Jethro 2009

Peter Grant

Hot on the wheels of their latest successful production, Summer Holiday, this popular youth company return once more with an evening of musical theatre. Combining excerpts from Disney’s The Aristocats, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Witches of Eastwick, Barnum, amongst many others. This promises to be an evening of musical theatre delights.

The Comedy legend from Cornwall returns again with his own brand of fun. He has now packed theatres across the country for over 20 years, and has played to over three million people live. DON’T miss it, three million people can’t be wrong!!

The first thing that gets you is the voice, immediately the voice. It is smooth, sensual, sexy even, and so very selfassured. On ‘Traditional’, the infectious lead track from his second album, it becomes clear that Peter Grant is not only a man out of time, but that he might just be something of a future master.

£6.00 - £10.00

Contains Adult Material!!

£16.00 & £18.00

Grant prompts within the listener much the same reaction they had upon first hearing, say, Jamie Cullum, or even his own personal hero Harry Connick Jr.

£11.50 - £17.50 Selected concessions available✦

“Jazz for me is everything, it’s my whole life, and like those artistes, I want to help make it fresh and relevant, exciting and new” Peter Grant

Wed 11th Feb 7.30pm

The Nelson Riddle Orchestra - Direct from the USA Special Gala Performance The music of Nelson Riddle is legendary. His music set the mood for a generation and helped to make the careers of artistes like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald. His son, Christopher Riddle, now conducts and leads the orchestra in the same tradition and style set by his father, using all the original charts and arrangements to give you the most wonderful evening of music now known as ‘The American songbook’! Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn etc. Also featured in the show are the vocal talents of American singing sensation, Bryan Anthony, who, like Francis Albert, hails from New Jersey.

£19.50 & £21.50


The West End Hit Back On Tour 2009!

Mon 9th Feb 7.30pm

Stones In His Pockets By Marie Jones Back by popular demand, this classic comedy by Marie Jones has won numerous Theatre awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway. After five fabulous years in the West End and numerous sell out tours, Stones in His Pockets hits Swansea for one night only this Spring. When a major Hollywood film studio descends on a village in rural Ireland, the demand for extras from the local community is huge. As the story unfolds, just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life over 15 extraordinary characters.

This is Irish Comedy at its very best - book now!

£8.50 - £16.50 Selected concessions available✦

Thurs 12th Feb 7.30pm

Fri 13th Feb 7.00pm

Masters of The House

The Best is Yet to Come

Don’t miss this musical feast featuring former stars from Les Miserables and other hit West End musicals, performing in concert.

All proceeds in aid of Childline Cymru-Wales.

The Masters of The House have taken many of the best known (and a few of the not so well known) songs from the world of musical theatre and blended them together with a witty assortment of theatrical anecdotes… the end result being a truly entertaining evening for all!

£15.00 & £16.00

The South Wales Evening Post invites you to see and hear young entertainers, including singers, dancers, comedians, musicians and pop groups, aged 4-18 years, presenting their talents on the Grand Theatre stage. Produced, Directed and Compered by Alex Frith MBE.

£7.00 & £8.00


Treadwell & PMG presents

Mon 16th Feb 7.30pm

Tues 17th Feb 7.30pm

Wed 18th Feb 7.30pm

Thurs 19th Feb 7.30pm

BJÖRN AGAIN 20th Anniversary

Viennese Strauss Gala

Magic : A Kind of Queen The Drifters in Concert

BJÖRN AGAIN was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia by Company Managing Director and Bass Player ROD STEPHEN. His show, no longer labelled a copy or tribute band but seen as a trademark brand in its own right, rapidly achieved worldwide cult status.

This brand new production of this ever popular show, recreating the romance of the Viennese Festive season, reminding you of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes. The Show features the highlights from some of the great Operettas of the Strauss family, Kalman and Lehar; including Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and many more.

On 9th March 1974 ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ reached No 10 in the UK pop charts, followed, in October, by ‘Killer Queen’ which went to No 2.

The 11 piece European Orchestral Ensemble will accompany four Soloists from the major British Opera companies including Opera North, English National Opera and D’Oyly Carte. www.theatre-productions.com

If you’ve already been to a Magic Concert, then you’ll know. If you haven’t, do yourself a favour, come along, join their ever growing army of fans and enjoy Magic’s remarkable talents, bringing to you, live, Queen’s greatest hits as no other group can.

£9.50 - £15.50

£12.50 - £15.50

Join in all the fun when Rod celebrates BJÖRN AGAIN’s 20th ANNIVERSARY featuring the legendary voice of Radio DJ / Host ‘TONY BLACKBURN’ playing UK hits of 1988 together with BJÖRN AGAIN performing the greatest hits of ABBA. This promises to be a great party night out for everyone of all ages.

£14.50 & £16.50

Selected concessions available✦

The legend was born! Hear & see Magic proudly performing the music of Queen. Now with more energy, a bigger line-up and a massive new sound. The best just got better!

In celebration of the release of the first official new album in 30 years, The Drifters are back on tour in the UK performing classics such as ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ and ‘Under The Boardwalk’ as well as material from the new album ‘Five Decades and Moore.’ As one of the biggest selling bands of all time, The Drifters have collated a huge catalogue of over 50 hits, selling in excess of 214 million singles and 114 million albums across the world.

£15.50 & £17.50


Fri 20th Feb 7.00pm

Dani Dee School of Dance Teenage Love Affair A theatre and dance production written by Zoe Murphy, choreographed by Danielle Stephens and Kim Bambury and performed by the students of the Dani Dee School Of Dance. The production is based on the legend of The Maid of Sker. This legend is about a girl called Elizabeth Williams who lived at Sker House, near Porthcawl, in the eighteenth century and who reputedly died of heartbreak. Our story is about a young girl called Liberty who falls in love with a DJ called Chance. But will Liberty suffer the same fate as our unfortunate heroine Elizabeth?

£8.00 & £10.00

Dunvant Male Choir presents

Derek Block by arrangement with Parallel World Tour Productions proudly presents

Sat 21st Feb 7.30pm

Wed 25th Feb 7.30pm

The Principality Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year Competition Join Dunvant Male Choir in the seventh exciting annual Welsh Musical Theatre Singer of The Year Competition in association with The Principality Building Society. An event aimed at supporting young singers embarking on careers in musical theatre. The 2006 winner was Connie Fisher who went on to win BBC’s ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’. Last year’s winner was Clive Orton.

£8.50 - £15.50

An Audience with Sally Morgan Following her very own TV series - ‘Sally Morgan Star Psychic’ - on National TV, Sally Morgan, the stars psychic, goes on national tour for the first time. Sally‘s psychic power has been with her since she was nine months old and she is now rated as one of the world’s top mediums. Her reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high profile celebrities.

This show is set to take the UK by storm!! Early booking advisable!!

£18.50

16+

Thurs 26th Feb 7.30pm

Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie Star of Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and BBC Radio Wales. A service station somewhere. Christmas 2007. About 2.40am. Rhod Gilbert finds himself standing in the coffee shop bit, armed with a travel pillow, a flask and a very powerful torch, aggressively demanding to know more about an ‘AwardWinning Mince Pie’ on display on the counter. This is the slightly ridiculous story of how one Mince Pie broke the camel’s back!

£11.00 & £13.00


Ellen Kent Amphitheatre Productions presents

*Cast subject to change. **The nature of our venue means that at certain times and from particular seats the surtitles system is not always visible. Please check with box office.

Mon 23rd - Tues 24th Feb

The grandness of the Colosseum of Rome is brought to life through Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions with the amphitheatre set designed by London based designer, Will Bowen. Two spectacular new productions, Verdi’s Aida, and Bizet’s Carmen, have been directed by Ellen Kent and show the Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at their best. Mon 23rd Feb 7.00pm

Aida Verdi The splendor of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Colosseum of Rome in this spectacular production with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides. This tragic love story is brought to life in a production set against one of the greatest pieces of music Verdi ever wrote with the well known arias ‘Celeste Aida’, ‘Ritorna Vincitor’ and the great chorus piece the ‘Triumphal March’. This new version of Aida symbolises the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt and includes dance sequences based on the ancient temple dancers.

£13.00 - £33.50 Selected concessions available✦

Sung in Italian with English surtitles**

Tues 24th Feb 7.00pm

Carmen Bizet The Swansea Grand will be transformed into a Spanish spectacular reminiscent of the real bullrings in Spain with bull fighters and a brass band parading through the venue into the Seville bullring to start this must see performance. Carmen guest stars international flamenco dancer Sam Quy*, as seen at the Royal Opera House, accompanied by the well known Spanish flamenco singer Fernando de Sevilla*.

£13.00 - £33.50 Selected concessions available✦

Sung in French with English surtitles**


Black Rhino Promotions present

Fri 27th Feb 7.30pm

16+

Mon 2nd Mar 7.30pm

ARTS WING ADAIN Y CELFYDDYADAU Mon 19th & Tues 20th Jan | 7.15pm Black RAT Productions presents

Oedipus By Sophocles £8.00, £6.00 concessions✦

Jake and Elwood

Circus of Horrors

The Best Blues Brothers Show In The World... EVER!!!

‘Apocalypse in the Asylum’

Jake had a vision. It was the only one he’d ever really had that meant anything. While he was in the slammer he played his dream across his tiled cell wall 24-7. The vision kept him going. Kept him alive. He had a mission to revive the blues. When Jake got out he set to turning his vision into reality. With his brother Elwood, he travelled all over the state playing bars and putting together their now infamous Black Rhino Band. Expect an electrifying night of non stop music and don’t forget your hats and shades Jake & Elwood like to see their audience dressed up and ready to PARTY!

£13.50 - £19.50

An amazing amalgamation of Witch-doctors, Voodoo Acrobats, A Pickled Person, Bendy Bodies, Demon Dwarfs, Blood Curdling Stunts and Flying Lunatics erupting from a tank of water into the roof of the auditorium suspended only from chains. Presided over by The Undead Ringmaster, Doktor Haze, who takes you through this hellish tale with the help of the live devil driven rock n’ roll of the The Interceptors From Hell and a huge, uncontrollable cast of Burlesque Beauties, chaosmongers and some of the world’s greatest, grotesque, most daring & bizarre Circus acts, all Re-Born, Re-vamped & Rockin.

£10.00 - £23.00

Adapted & directed by Richard Tunley. Thebes is in turmoil. A murder has been committed and the gods need to be appeased. King Oedipus pledges to solve the crime and restore peace to his people. His quest begins a chain-reaction of events that propels the royal family towards heartbreak and disaster. Thurs 5th - Sat 7th Feb | 7.15pm Samuel Bryce Productions presents

Tell Me On A Sunday By Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black £8.00, £6.00 concessions✦ Starring Eve Sheratt Tell Me On A Sunday features the hit songs ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’, ‘Unexpected Song’ and ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’. Tues 10th - Thurs 12th Feb | 7.15pm Wed 11th Feb | 2.00pm Fluellen Theatre Company presents

A Doll’s House By Henrik Ibsen £8.50, £6.50 concessions✦ A new production of Ibsen’s landmark drama. When it was first performed in 1879 it shocked audiences with its radical insights into the truths and falsehoods of marriage. Ibsen’s reappraisal of women’s role in society is still as powerful and relevant as ever. An engrossing and compelling drama.


PERFORMANCES 14+

Wed 18th Feb | 2.00pm & 7.15pm

Thurs 26th Mar | 7.15pm

The Dorothy Squires Story

Swansea Playhouse Productions presents

With Gerri Smith

He Who Laughs Last By R.G Morgan

£8.00, £6.00 concessions✦

£5.00, £4.00 concessions✦ Dorothy Squires was one of the biggest singing stars in Britain during the 50s -70s. This tribute charts the turbulent life of Dorothy Squires and her subsequent decline to near poverty. The show features songs Till, I Am What I Am and My Way.

Comedy and drama combine in the bitter world of stand-up comedy. Rupert and Dave are two aspiring comics. When Dave gets a shot at the big time, it forces both of them to question what it is they really want.

Thurs 19th - Sat 21st Feb | 7.15pm Thurs 23rd - Sat 25th April | 7.15pm

SA4 Productions presents

Swansea Abbey Players

Vicar Joe By Peter Read

£8.00, £6.00 concessions✦ Starring Kevin Johns. Vicar Joe, who was first introduced through Read’s highly popular plays, Toshack or Me! and To Hull and Back, is still up to his old tricks. Will Mr. Phelps and the Church Council allow pop music in the church; how will they respond to his desire to see more and more street homeless using the church premises to sleep? There is, of course, still the little matter of him spending more time at the Liberty Stadium watching The Swans than he does in the parish. A comedy show for all the family. Thurs 12th Mar | 8.00pm

16+

Lucy Porter The Bare Necessities £9.00 Join Lucy Porter for her solo show, ‘The Bare Necessities.’ It’s a stripped-down hour of nakedly funny stand-up comedy. The show may also feature: A Puppy Aquarium! Helium-filled Flying Craft! Nudity! Xylophone Playing! A Bear! Biscuits!

£8.00, £6.00 concessions✦ Join Swansea Abbey Players for an evening of fun and music as they present a different 1 act play each evening followed by a musical revue, with songs from 30 years of musicals at Swansea Grand Theatre.

Tues 28th - Thurs 30th April | 7.15pm Wed 29th April | 2.00pm Fluellen Theatre Company presents

The Odd Couple By Neil Simon £8.50, £6.50 concessions✦ When Felix splits up with his wife, his friend - recently divorced Oscar - takes pity on him and offers him a room in his apartment. But Oscar is a congenital slob and Felix a fastidious hypochondriac so the result is anything but harmonious. Kevin Johns plays Oscar in Fluellen’s new production of Neil Simon`s side-splitting masterpiece of comedy.


REGULARS

EXHIBITIONS Tues 6th - Sat 24th Jan

Saturday’s in Jan - April | 12.30pm

Wendrich artHouse

Fluellen Theatre Company in association with Swansea Grand Theatre presents

The Spiritual and the Prophetic

Lunchtime Theatre

Levels 1, 2 & White Room

£5.00, £4.00 concessions✦ A great season of lunchtime feasts with plays by Wales-based writers. Featuring work from established playwrights Peter Read (Toshack Or Me!, To Hull And Back), Derek Webb (Man`s View) and Ray Williams (To Whom It May Concern, Ole! Mrs Roberts) as well as premieres of outstanding plays by brand new writers.

28th Jan, 25th Feb, 25th Mar & 22nd April | 8.00pm

Comedy Club £7.00

16+

See the comic stars of the future, today, at Swansea’s Comedy Club (est. 1999). Come and experience some of the best acts from the UK and International Comedy Circuits. 2 acts and 1 compere.

Paintings and prints, inspired by the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah and Prophetic Dreams. Also exhibited are the original designs from the forthcoming HorusHathor Tarot Deck. Mon 2nd - Fri 20th Feb

Ffynone House School White Room This display brings together works made by students at Ffynone House School. An education in art and design should lead to a better understanding of the visual world. Students are encouraged to investigate personal themes. Tues 24th Feb - Sat 14th Mar

Ian Evans

Magic Club

White Room

Last Thursday of the month

Based on the emphasis of ‘Art for All’, Ian feels every one should not only be able to appreciate his art but also afford it.

£5.00

11+ Tues 10th - Sat 28th Mar

Learn how to do amazing tricks and illusions! Contact Leeroy on 01792 233517 for more information.

Departures Tim Swain

Functions and Conferences The Rooftop Cafe Bar in our Arts Wing is available for parties, functions and conferences. Please call Carol on 01792 478586 or email carol.rowden@swansea.gov.uk

Level 2 This is a voyage through images created mainly during the last six months that represent a departure from his ‘comfort zone’, where ideas and emotional responses are expressed in less conventional but still accessible ways.


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Sat 7th & Sun 8th Mar 10.00am - 4.00pm

Maud’s Baby Show Levels 1, 2 & Rooftop £2.00 on entrance Wales’ homegrown Baby Show is coming to Swansea. With over 30 exhibition stands, both retail and informational, covering everything for pregnancy, birth and babies/toddlers. Free crèche and children’s entertainment and the first 50 through the door each day receive a goodie bag. Tues 31st Mar - Sat 25th April

Strangeland Paul Hughes and Mansel Davies Levels 1, 2 & White Room Paintings and photographs portraying the familiar, unfamiliar and oncefamiliar current hometowns (Swansea and Newport) as well as the home of their youth (Aberystwyth).

The Solid Silver 60s Show See the return of the UK’s original and premier 60s show with the unforgettable talents of The Searchers, Wayne Fontana, The Merseybeats and very special guest John Walker (of the Walker brothers)! The only place to hear the classic hits performed by the original hitmakers!

Mon 27th April - Sat 2nd May

Gorseinon College Levels 1 & 2 A Level Art & Design students will exhibit work that covers a range of disciplines, including Photography, Textile Design, Graphic Communication and Fine Art. Work on display will be the result of original and creative investigations.

£17.50 - £21.50

The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘Are You Experienced?’ 600,000 went to the Isle of Wight in August 1970 to see the only real legendary rock guitarist the world has ever seen - Jimi Hendrix. How could anyone possibly measure up to him? Well, when you listen to ‘Are You Experienced?’ featuring John Campbell, you very quickly realise that it can be done! The guitar work is note perfect, and at the same time beautifully fluent. The voice IS Hendrix, and the persona of the man himself is on the stage, personified by John Campbell, who bears a striking physical resemblance to Jimi.

£13.50 & £16.50


The Stennett Company presents

Thurs 5th Mar 7.30pm

Fri 6th Mar 7.30pm

Sat 7th Mar 7.30pm

Mon 9th Mar 2.00pm

The Californians

A Vision Of Elvis: Rob Kingsley

Chris Needs and Friends

The Golden Days Music Hall

Back by popular Demand!

There can be little doubt that Elvis Presley (The King) is the greatest performer of popular music there has ever been.

Once again Chris Needs and Friends return to Swansea Grand Theatre in fine variety style... and this show promises to be better again than the last one. Chris is always striving to find new talent here in Wales... and he’s done it again.

With Mr. Stan Stennett

The Californians pay homage to some of the finest songwriters of the West Coast era. Together, they create a perfect sound with stunning harmonies. An amazing, unforgettable evening of favourite songs that influenced the musical tastes of a generation. A must see, must hear, concert. With Full Live Band.

£10.00 - £14.00

There was only one Elvis Presley, so someone performing a tribute to Elvis needs to be very good indeed to earn an audience’s approval - so good, in fact, that you ‘Just Can’t Help Believing’ it’s the real thing! Rob Kingsley’s show, ‘A Vision of Elvis’ is the total package the look... the sound... the charisma.

It is the Elvis show to see!

£13.50 & £16.50

This is going to be a very special show as he celebrates his 41 years in show biz. Don’t miss this variety spectacular!

£10.50

Great fun and nostalgia await with Wales’ favourite entertainer, Stan Stennett. He is joined by Johnny Tudor, Peter Lewis, Linda Watts, Jill Fletcher, David Harper and The June Bois Dancers with your chairman Eric Latimer.

Book early... why not bring a party?

£10.00 Selected concessions available✦


Wild Rose Productions presents

Clwyd Theatr Cymru presents

Wed 11th - Sun 15th Mar 7.30pm, Thurs, Sat & Sun Mats 2.00pm

Tues 17th - Sat 21st Mar 7.30pm, Sat Mat 2.00pm

Cirque De Glace

Noises Off By Michael Frayn

The critically acclaimed Russian Ice Stars combine with the magical world of ‘Cirque’ in an eclectic mix of spectacle and ice dance which promises to be heart stopping and jaw dropping. Cirque de Glace brings to life the story of the creation of our planet, man’s evolution and much more...

A late night technical rehearsal for the sex comedy Nothing On is fast degenerating into chaos: Dotty doesn’t know whether to hold a newspaper or a plate of sardines, the doors on the stage set won’t open or close and company veteran Selsdon Mowbray is missing. And there are only hours until curtain up on the first night in Weston-super-Mare.

“The first stunning scenes ignite the atmosphere as planet Earth is born in an incredible fusion of visual effects, explosive Olympic standard skating and mesmerizing performances from the amazing stars of cirque.”

Watch a double drama unfold as Noises Off exposes the antics, rivalries and hostilities of an acting company, both on and off the stage, in a comic masterpiece which promises non-stop laughter.

A new genre of ice show that is guaranteed to stimulate, dazzle, entertain and thrill all ages. Be there, as Cirque de Glace hits the live entertainment world like a meteor and the explosion of fire and ice takes place before your very eyes.

Directed by Terry Hands following his recent hit productions of Memory in Wales, London and New York, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard and A Chorus of Disapproval.

£10.50 - £16.50

“The funniest comedy ever written”

£11.50 - £24.50

Selected concessions available✦

New York Times

Selected concessions available✦

Signed performance: 19th Mar 7.30pm. Captioned Performance: 21st Mar 2.00pm


Swansea Amateurs present Essgee’s

Wales Theatre Company presents, a co-production with TTB of Hamburg and Gallisas of Berlin.

Fri 3rd & Sat 4th April (previews) Tues 21st - Sat 25th April 7.30pm, Sat Mats 2.00pm & Tues Mat 1.30pm

Tues 24th - Sat 28th Mar 7.15pm, Sat Mat 2.30pm

The New

The Thorn Birds - A Musical

HMS Pinafore As you’ve never seen it before! This is Gilbert and Sullivan for NOW - a riot of thoroughly modern fun!! Truly a breath of fresh air - prepare to be blown away. An original production conceived and produced by Simon Gallaher and Essgee Entertainment Directed and Choreographed by Martyn Knight Musical Director - Christopher Pike Music by Arthur Sullivan Book and Lyrics by WS Gilbert Original Direction and choreography - Craig Schaeffer Orchestration by Kevin Hocking Original Design by Graham MacLean Additional Lyrics by Melvyn Morrow An Amateur production presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. and David Spicer Productions.

Following the phenomenal success of Amazing Grace and Contender, The Wales Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new musical version of The Thorn Birds. Colleen McCullough’s block buster novel has sold over 30 million copies world-wide and was originally adapted for screen, in the iconic TV mini series of the 80s starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. Set in the rugged Australian outback, three extraordinary generations of the Cleary family live through joy and sadness, bitter defeat and magnificent triumph, torn apart by dark passions and a scandalous family legacy of forbidden love. The Thorn Birds promises to be the musical of the year - don’t miss it!

£9.50 - £25.00

£8.50 - £13.50

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Selected concessions on selected performances

All Previews: £7.50. Signed performance: 23rd April 7.30pm.


Welsh National Opera presents

Photo by Glenn Edwards

Tues 7th - Sat 11th April

Welsh National Opera’s Spring season offers you three classic operas which will take your breath away. “A world-class company” The Independent

New to opera? Visit fresh2opera.co.uk Visit WNO’s new website for audioclips - costume designs and more wno.org.uk Pre-performance talks Rooftop Cafe Bar, 8th & 9th April, 6.00pm. Tickets are free. The Marriage of Figaro is supported by a generous gift from the Parry family and is sponsored by Associated British Ports. The Elixir of Love is supported by Colwinston Charitable Trust. The Elixir of Love is an Opera North Production.

Tues 7th April 7.00pm

Wed 8th April 8.00pm

Thurs 9th & Sat 11th April 7.00pm

The Elixir of Love

Salome

The Marriage of Figaro

Donizetti

Richard Strauss

Mozart

A delicious tale of romance on the sunny 1950s Italian Riviera. Donizetti’s sparkling comedy guarantees to put a spring in your step.

Richard Strauss’ powerful one-act opera based on Oscar Wilde’s play is a searing and compelling evening of music theatre.

A new production of Mozart’s life-affirming masterpiece with elegant new sets and costumes.

All performances £5.00 - £36.50 Selected concessions available✦


Mon 27th April - Sat 2nd May 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Mats 2.00pm

All The Fun Of The Fair Roll On Up To See The Show...

Starring David Essex An exciting, new, action-packed musical with a helter-skelter score of DAVID ESSEX hits and album favourites. Set against the backdrop of a travelling funfair owned by widower Levi Lee (David Essex), who’s concerned about his restless son Jack (Paul-Ryan Carberry). Fortune-teller Rosa (Louise English) can see danger and tragedy in their paths but can she change their destiny? The show includes a roller-coaster ride of David Essex Rock’n’Roll and pop classics including Winters Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star and many more.

£12.00 - £27.00

“An exhilarating ride”

Selected concessions available✦

Eastbourne Herald

Phil Dale for International Artistes presents

Just Confirmed

Sat 18th April 2.00pm & 5.00pm

Sat 28th Feb 7.30pm

The Chuckle Brothers Chuckle Trek

Max Boyce

To boldly go where no - one has gone for a while!

Max Boyce is a Welsh icon! His albums have sold in their millions and subsequently he has been awarded 6 gold discs and an MBE!

Paul and Barry set off on a new adventure and this time find themselves hurtling through space. Captain James T Burke needs to recruit a crew to go on board the USS Exercise as they must save the Earth from being taken over by a nation of rogue ‘Robots’. The alien Robot colony has waged war on our world and must be stopped at all costs! Can Earth be saved from this new threat to our planet? Are the Chuckle Brothers the intrepid duo who can do this? - of course they are!!! Don’t miss this brand new adventure in Space.

Over the years his BBC TV series have been hugely successful. In 2007, ‘Max Boyce’s World Cup Journey’ was the 3rd most watched programme of the year and was consequently nominated for a Bafta award. Max has toured the world playing concerts in Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland, Dubai, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and he even entertained the British troops in the Falkland Islands. Don’t miss this concert so you can say “I Was There!”

www.allthefunofthefairmusical.com Audio performance: 2nd May 2.00pm.

£12.50

£19.00 & £22.50


Forthcoming 16+

Mon 11th - Wed 13th May

The Naked Truth By Dave Simpson

Real Women, Real Lives Set in a pole dancing class (the latest get-fit craze) ‘The Naked Truth’ is a brilliantly funny play about sisterhood. A top class cast teams up stars from stage and screen including Lisa Riley (the larger than life star of Emmerdale & Fat Friends). The Naked Truth is a poignant and uplifting comedy, a call to all women and celebrating strength through adversity. It’s a show for women, about women, that men absolutely must see (if they dare!). www.theatre-productions.com

Forthcoming

Forthcoming

Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions presents

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live presents

Sun 24th May

Tues 26th May

16+

Turandot

Ross Noble

Puccini

Things

The grandness of the Colosseum of Rome is brought to life through Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions with the amphitheatre set designed by London designer, Will Bowen. This spectacular new production, directed by Ellen Kent, shows the Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at their best.

Ross Noble was voted one of the top ten greatest stand ups of all time by Channel 4 viewers. Here’s your chance to see why.

Ellen Kent presents Turandot in celebration of Pavarotti’s life highlighting the unforgettable aria ‘Nessun Dorma’. Ancient China is brought to life with the Terracotta Army gazing down from Will Bowen’s set in this epic production.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

In his new show Ross will be covering the topic of things - big things and small things. Things that have happened to him, things that have happened to you. Surfing the wave of the here and now, join ‘the most brilliant stand-up of his generation’ (Sunday Telegraph) in a free form, free wheeling ride into the way things are. “His first act last night was one of the most brilliant hour’s I have ever spent in a theatre… and the second even better” Daily Mail


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For the first time ever Milkshake! is hitting the road with a colourful LIVE concert! Now the children can join their favourite TV characters and Milkshake! presenters in a brand new, action packed, all singing, all dancing musical extravaganza. Fifi & Bumble, Peppa & George, Rupert Bear, Little Princess, Noddy & Tessie Bear and Mr. Bump & Little Miss Daredevil all together on one stage!

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Support

Swansea Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from the following organisations. If your company is interested in supporting the theatre, please contact Gary Iles on 01792 475242 for further information.

How to book

The Box Office is open Mon - Sat 9.30am - 8.00pm, (9.30am - 6.00pm on non performance days) and for 1 hour prior to Sunday performances.

Mae’r Swyddfa Docynnau ar agor Dydd Llun - Sadwrn 9.30am - 8.00pm, (9.30am - 6.00pm ar ddyddiau pan na chynhelir perfformiadau) ac am 1 awr cyn perfformiadau dydd Sul.

Booking and reservations 01792 475715 You can book by phone or post, in person or by using our e-mail reservation service: www.swanseagrand.co.uk

Archebu tocynnau 01792 475715 Gallwch archebu tocyn drwy ffonio, postio, galw heibio neu ddefnyddio ein gwasanaeth archebu e-bost: www.swanseagrand.co.uk

Concessions ✦ Where concessions are offered they may include some of the following: 16 & under, 65 & over Proof of age may be required. Students In Full time Education who can produce a current National Union of Student, Overseas Student or similar card. Schools, Under 18 & in full time education. Party Bookers, People who are booking 10+ tickets for one performance at one time. PTL, Swansea Passport to Leisure Card holders. Please note you may be required to produce proof of entitlement for your concession at the time of booking or at entry.

Consesiynau ✦ Lle cynigir consesiynau, gallant gynnwys rhai o’r canlynol: 16 ac yn iau, 65 ac yn hŷn Gellir gofyn i chi brofi eich oedran. Myfyrwyr mewn addysg amser llawn sy’n gallu dangos cerdyn Undeb Myfyrwyr Cenedlaethol neu Fyfyriwr Tramor dilys neu gerdyn tebyg. Ysgolion, pobl ifanc 18 oed ac yn iau a’r rhai sydd mewn addysg amser llawn Trefnwyr grwpiau, pobl sy’n archebu 10+ o docynnau ar gyfer un perfformiad ar y tro PTL, deiliaid cardiau PTL Abertawe. Sylwer y gellir gofyn i chi brofi eich hawl i gonsesiwn wrth archebu tocyn neu gyrraedd am y perfformiad.

Registered Disabled, where disabled patrons need to be accompanied by a Carer when visiting the Grand Theatre, a complimentary ticket is available for the Carer.

Strobe Lighting Patrons are reminded that ‘Strobe’ lighting is used with certain shows/productions.

Armless Seats We now have a number of armless seats available for those customers who would like more space in their seats.

Baby Changing Facilities Please see Front of House Manager.

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We accept most major credit cards, Maestro and Delta. Cheques should be made payable to: Swansea Grand Theatre Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ. For full booking terms, conditions and facilities call the Box Office. Our Box Office Minicom number is 01792 654456. Typetext for hearing impaired customers. The City and County of Swansea can accept no responsibility for any changes, beyond their control, which may arise after this publication is published. Please refer to Box Office for full booking conditions.

Pobl sydd wedi’u cofrestru’n anabl, lle mae angen i ofalwr hebrwng person anabl ar ymweliad â Theatr y Grand, mae tocyn cyfarch ar gael i’r gofalwr. Derbynnir y rhan fwyaf o’r prif gardiau credyd Maestro a Delta. Dylid gwneud sieciau’n daladwy i: Theatr y Grand, Abertawe Stryd Singleton, Abertawe SA1 3QJ. I gael manylion llawn am gyfleusterau a’r amodau a’r telerau archebu, ffoniwch y Swyddfa Docynnau. Rhif minicom y Swyddfa Docynnau yw 01792 654456. Teipdestun ar gyfer cwsmeriaid â nam ar eu clyw. Ni all Dinas a Sir Abertawe dderbyn unrhyw gyfrifoldeb am unrhyw newidiadau, y tu hwnt i’w rheolaeth, a all ddigwydd ar ôl cyhoeddi’r cyhoeddiad hwn. Cysylltwch â’r Swyddfa Docynnau i gael yr amodau archebu llawn.

Terms and conditions of sale 1. Exchange of tickets will only be considered in cases of emergency and the Management reserves the right to refuse an exchange. Where an exchange occurs, it will be for another performance of the same production. 2. No refunds will be given except for cancelled events. 3. The Management reserves the right to introduce discounts and other price changes without notice. 4. The promoter reserves the right to make any changes to the advertised programme. 5. The use of cameras or recording equipment is strictly forbidden. 6. The Management reserves the right to refuse admission and may, on occasions, have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of patrons. 7. In exceptional circumstances, the Management reserves the right to offer alternative seats to those specified on the ticket. 8. Please check your ticket - on receipt as mistakes cannot always be rectified. 9. Where a performance has the benefit of English surtitles, Patrons should check with the Box Office staff (at the time of booking) as to seat suitability. 10. Concessions ✦. Please Check at the time of booking for any available concessions. Not all concessions are available for all performances/events. 11. Concessions may include 16 & under, 65 & over. Students Schools, Party Bookers, & Swansea PTL. Full terms and conditions are available on request.


Forthcoming

Mon 18th - Sat 23rd May

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“The Greatest Musical of the Decade” International Herald Tribune

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