The Sherman Theatre welcomes a variety of top class children’s theatre, comedy and drama this Summer. Highlights of this Summer Season include Torch Theatre’s highly acclaimed Dead Funny, the outstanding Henri Oguike Dance Company and an exciting Sherman Theatre Company production of Educating Rita starring renowned Welsh actors Ruth Jones and Steve Speirs.
The Sherman Theatre Company will give Willy Russell’s well-loved classic Educating Rita a new, contemporary lease of life starring Ruth Jones, best known as Myfanwy in Little Britain and Kelly in Fat Friends, and Steve Speirs star of Extras and Doctor Who. Rita is a feisty, brash Open University student, and Frank is a stuffy, boring academic who gets more than he bargained for when he takes Rita on as his student. Educating Rita will be on at The Sherman Theatre on 1- 17 June.
Top class visiting drama will also be a highlight of the season with The Market Theatre of Johannesburg presenting The Island which tells the story of two political prisoners incarcerated on South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison. The Island will be at The Sherman on Friday 19 May.
Continuing the strong season of drama, Estella’s Fire from Hijinx Theatre is an original new play inspired by the characters of Estella and Miss Havisham from “Great Expectations” on Friday 29 – Saturday 30 September. An entirely new story, Estella becomes the heroine of her own narrative.
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru continue The Sherman’s commitment to Welsh-language Theatre this season with a performance of Welsh language classic Esther which is based on the biblical story on Thursday 11 – Friday 12 May.
The students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama return to The Sherman this season with Ben Elton’s fast and funny Popcorn on Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June, which explores the power of media and society’s refusal to accept responsibility for its actions. The RWCMD students also present their annual opera offering on Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 July. This year the students present a fascinating double-bill with a rare opportunity to experience Vaughan Williams’ little known gem Riders to the Sea, and Purcell’s well-loved and emotive Dido and Aeneas. Llandaff Musical Society also return with the Rogers and Hammerstein classic The King and I on Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 May.
The Sherman welcomes the UK’s official Royal Poet, Andrew Motion on Wednesday 17 May. Andrew has written poetry to mark many events and causes in recent years including the Paddington rail disaster and the charity Childline.
Port Talbot born Henri Oguike brings his highly acclaimed dance company to The Sherman on 16 May. The Henri Oguike Dance Company takes to the stage with pulsating energy and thundering rhythms with Oguike’s vibrant and highly intelligent choreography.
The Sherman welcomes a host of the best of the children’s theatre this season starting with a highly enchanting show for all the family, Whose Shoes, from the outstanding Theatr Iolo on Saturday 6 May. AJTC Theatre Company then present The Gardener on Saturday 13 May, a funny, heart warming play for young children and their families. Theatr Nan’Og completes the season’s exceptional theatre for young people with Kapow!, the story of a young boy who dreams of becoming a superhero, on Saturday 24 June.
Gina Yashere adds a touch of comedy to the season with her inspired jokes, infectious wit and razor-sharp observations. One of Britain’s freshest and most popular talents, Gina will be at The Sherman for one night only on Thursday 22 June.
The outstanding Education, Youth and Participation department of The Sherman build on its excellent reputation this season with the Sherman Youth Theatre presenting Gospel in which a tribe of teenagers assume the roles of the characters in the Gospel According to St Matthew on 15 -17 June.
Due to the success of ScriptSlams in the last year, the monthly events have now moved to the larger Venue 2. The groundbreaking, new writing initiative showcases four new pieces of writing from four writers and the audience vote for the piece they want to see developed. One of last year’s finalists also returns to The Sherman after securing Arts Council funding as a direct result of ScriptSlam, with a new play The Minotaur and Me on 18 – 19 July which explores issues of manic depression.
The Sherman have also announced the titles of their Christmas 2006 children’s shows. The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen will be on the main stage, and following on from last year’s enchanting under 5’s show The Selfish Giant, The Sherman Theatre Company will be presenting another Oscar Wilde classic, The Happy Prince.
All tickets for these shows can be booked from the Box Office now 029 2064 6900.
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|Tuesday, April 18, 2006|