Culture - Across Wales This April

Here is the line up of theatre shows you can book up this April. I have tried to include shows at venues across Wales but if I have missed a show local to you, please do drop me an email (ceri@thiswelshmother.co.uk) and I will ensure it is added to the list.

Supporting your local venue allows them to continue on so please consider booking a ticket for a local production and supporting the arts this Easter holidays if you can.


South Wales


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Little meerkats big panic

Wales Millennium Centre

22nd - 23rd April - Click here to book

Join an award-winning musical multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari in the company of Little Meerkat and find out how to manage through some very big feelings. 

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Horrible Histories

Barmy Britain

15th 17th April - Sherman Theatre Cardiff - Click here to book

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it's time for a brand new Horrible Histories stage show direct from the West End featuring all new scenes! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? Help Georgian detectives find the headless man! It's the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in

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The girl with incredibly long hair - Y Ferch gyda'r Gwallt Hynod Hir

Chapter

13th -18th April - Chapter Arts - Cardiff - Click here for tickets

This Easter join Rapunzel, her Mam, and her new friend Daf in the forest as they set off on an adventure, for which they’ll need your help.  The Girl with Incredibly Long Hair is a family show which reimagines the story of Rapunzel for our times.

We Made This - supported by Arts Council of Wales, Blackwood Miners Institute & Chapter. Originally made in partnership with Blackwood Miners' Institute and Wales Millennium Centre, and supported by Creu Cymru.

Cynhelir perfformiadau Cymraeg hefyd, gwybodaeth yma / Details of Welsh languages performances

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Tom Gates

New Theatre Cardiff

24th - 28th April - New Theatre Cardiff - Book Tickets here

Tom's doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he's got THREE sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won't let him go on the SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom's annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. EVEN Amy Porter (who's smart) won't talk to him! Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework? Will his grandparents the Fossils ever make something he can actually EAT?

This exciting and hilarious new adventure brings Liz Pichon's fantastic characters to life and is perfect for all the family whether you are a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends!

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Family Dance Festival

MEMO Barry

25th April - MEMO Barry - Click here for tickets

Family Dance Festival is an interactive and entertaining hour of pop-up dance featuring three professional companies from Wales and local youth groups. Witness the amazing dancers twisting & turning, tumbling & sliding in this jam-packed bilingual national touring event, plus have a go during the fun taster workshop following each performance.

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The Magic Of Wonderland

Abertillery

17th April - The Met Theatre - Abertillery - Click here to book

Join Alice and her friends on a magical, mad-cap adventure in Wonderland! 
In our exciting adaptation of this classic tale, you are invited to a celebration of teapots and tarts, croquet and caterpillars, riddles and rhymes, as Alice discovers the spectacular wonders of a place like no other. 
Packed full of magic, illusions, comedy, puppets and songs, this is a date you won’t want to be late for..!

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There was an old lady

Who swallowed a fly

18th April - Theatrau Sir Gar - Ammanford - Click here to book

This charming new young persons pantomime based on one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes which has been created just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' best selling book!

From the creators of Don't Dribble On The Dragon, this magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most mesmerising of tales complete with the traditional feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun.

It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!

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Aliens love underpants

Porthcawl

23rd April - Grand Pavillion - Click here for tickets

This zany and hilarious tale is based on the best-selling children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. Aliens Love Underpants is a fantastically fresh and funny production that will delight the whole family. Trust us, you’ll laugh your PANTS off!

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Dinosaur World Live

Newport

23rd - 26th April - Riverfront Theatre - Newport - Click here for tickets

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

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered 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!

A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.

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There was an old lady

Narberth

24th April - Queens Hall - Narberth - Click here for tickets

One of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes brought to life. Written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children this show relives the delights of this most charming of tales, complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun. 

Suitable for ages 2+

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Sooty’s Magic Show

Swansea

15th April - Swansea Grand Theatre - Click here for tickets

irect from their hit ITV series, Sooty, Sweep and Soo and TV's Richard Cadell will amaze you with impossible tricks and sidesplitting jokes! Be astounded at Sooty's flying car, Soo's singing unicorn and Sweep's levitating sausage!


Mid Wales


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Groovy UV Show

Pavillion Easter Extravaganza

27th April - Pavillion - Llandrindod Wells - Click here for tickets

Come and join us this Easter for some eggs'citing family fun with the Groovy UV show and some special guests. 

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Peppa Pig

Festival of Fun

12th -18th April - Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Click here for tickets

Fri 12 April to Thu 18 April

Get ready for Peppa’s biggest celebration yet featuring 10 brand new episodes and a 2-part festival special, as well as exclusive new interactive entertainment.  Join the party with Peppa and George as they dance in the mud at a children’s festival, celebrate Grandpa Pig’s birthday at a restaurant for the first time, and take a trip to the cinema to see Super Potato’s big movie feature!  With songs to singalong to and games to join in with, it’s perfect for pre-schoolers and all the family.

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Tarzanna

Aberystwyth

15th April - Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Click here for tickets

Anna doesn’t like mess, she likes things to be in order but her neat world is turned upside down when she is magically transported to the rainforest. Wild creatures appear and dance before her as she swings through the jungle of her dreams. Tarzanna is a show that will delight young audiences as they are taken on a journey into a magical world through playful aerial storytelling, moments of interactive fun, puppetry and acrobatic brilliance.



North Wales


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The Amazing Bubble Man

Caernarfon

27th April - Galeri Caernarforn Cyf - Click here for tickets

For over 30 years, Louis Pearl has been entertaining audiences all over the world with fiction, science and bubble art. Louis has also completed all shows at the Caerdrin Festival for the last 12 years!

Enjoy a show that explores the magical world of bubbles presented in a funny and interesting way.

A show suitable for the whole family.

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Beauty & the beast

Easter Panto

18th - 19th April - Pavillion Theatre - Rhyl - Click here for tickets

Belle lives a quiet provincial life in the village of Ooh La La until her father accidentally stumbles across a terrifying Beast and she is taken captive. Now it is up to the Atomic Fairy, the village idiot Wally and his mother Dame Dolly to pit their wits against the the evil Enchantress and rescue Belle from the Beast…

Starring Atomic Kitten’s KERRY KATONA, Heartbeat’s TRICIA PENROSE, National Treasure BASIL BRUSH X-Factor finalist and CBBC presenter LAUREN PLATT plus Easter Panto Tour favourites comic RYAN GREAVES and dame PHYLIP HARRIES

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Jack & the beanstalk

Panto

13th April - Pontio, Bangor University, - click here for tickets

Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come! 

This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion!

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Wave me goodbye

Theatr Clwyd

24th April - 3rd May - Theatr Clwyd - Click here for tickets

September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train for ‘a little holiday’.

Shirley is billeted in the country to live in the strange, deserted Red House with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley. Here, alongside two boys from Liverpool, Kevin and Archie, Shirley’s life will change forever.

A new adaptation of award-winning, bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson’s beautiful, moving story of friendship and bravery.

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Beauty and the beast

Easter Panto

18th - 22nd April - The Stiwt Theatre - Wrexham - Click here for tickets

A former Eastenders actor will star in The Stiwt’s first Easter pantomime - Beauty and the Beast.

Matt Lapinskas, who played Anthony Moon in the BBC soap, has been announced as the headline performer, as he will be starring as Gaston in the Easter pantomime at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhosllannerchrugog near Wrexham.

The Stiwt Theatre's Easter pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, will run from Thursday 18 - Monday 22 April.

Ceri Gillett

Ceri is a seriel entrepreneur, overthinker and occasional wine drinker.

Most often found in the Monmouthshire countryside with Fred (2.5 years). Likes Rap and Red nails in no particular order.