Wales’ Premier Theatre Event, attracting over 15,000 visitors has opened its box office


Now the largest theatre event of its kind in the U.K., Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival is offering 8 productions to satisfy the cultural appetites of the Capital City.

Employing home-grown Welsh talent and fostering the future of theatre, the festival is proud to showcase professional directing talents of Cardiff’s own Richard Tunley (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama), Peter Doran, (Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & 2017 Best Director for Belonging at the Wales Theatre Awards) and Simon H West (Bristol Old Vic)

This festival provides theatrical productions of the highest quality yet without the elitist price tag. Affordable theatre in the heart of the city centre for everyone!

Proud Winners at The Cardiff Life Awards in the Event Category. This is the summer event in Cardiff not to be missed!


2018 Productions
• The Merchant Of Venice (21st June – 30th June)
Shakespeare’s Comedy of Love, Sex, Power & Revenge.
Money! Portia has it, Bassanio wants it, Shylock loans it, Antonio borrows it.
Directed by Simon H West, his 14th Production for the Festival!

• Stand Up in the Park (Sunday 24th June)
Following last year’s enormous success, professional Stand Up comics provide an evening of hilarity! In Association with Amnesty International.

• The Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Screening (Sunday 1st July)
A new experience at the festival! A screening of the riotous and raunchy Rocky Horror Show! From the producers of the smash hit “Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music”
The Campest Cult Classic of all time gets the Singalonga treatment it’s been SCREAMING for! Featuring the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonderful romp ever. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this!

The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free interactive props bag. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!

Please note that this is a screening of the iconic movie and not a live stage show

• Dad’s Army (5th July – 14th July)
Don’t Panic! The Homeguard will be marching into Sophia Gardens this summer. This much loved British sitcom has been specially adapted for the stage and has all your favourite Walmington On Sea platoon members. Directed by Peter Doran, 2017 Best Director for Belonging at the Wales Theatre Awards.

• Hello Cabaret In The Park (Sunday 15th July)
Back by popular demand! A celebration of musical theatre showcasing re-imagined classics and hidden gems.
Performed by a selection of professional musical theatre actors, this sell out event last year was a huge hit at the festival.

• Fiddler On The Roof (19th July – 28th July)
A heartwarming and hilarious musical that will delight audiences. Tevye & the colourful community of Anatevka witness his daughters fall in love in a time of extraordinary change.
Directed by Richard Tunley, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, & Musical Direction from Rob Thorne Jr, the creative team that brought you 2017’s smash hit ‘Spamalot’!

• Seussical Jr. (21st July – 28th July)
AndGo Productions return with Seussical Jr, A Madcap Musical for all the Family!
Their Family musicals at Sophia Gardens never disappoint. Previous productions include Beauty & The Beast Jr, The Little Mermaid Jr & peter Pan Jr. For all the young at heart!

• King Lear: Everyman Youth (Sunday 22nd July)
Everyman Youth Theatre brings one of Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedies to the open air! An abridged version of this classic play, perfect for youngsters learning Shakespeare in school!

We are delighted to welcome back The Grazing Shed and their Super Tidy Burgers to The Festival Theatre Courtyard this year. Our Festival Bar will be open an hour before each performance to whet your appetite.

Undercover seating is provided prior to the performance, and don’t forget our audience stand is fully undercover and sheltered from the Great British summer weather…it’s only our actors who get wet!

To buy tickets please go to our website;
or Telephone Box Office: 0333 666 3366