Cardiff’s annual open air theatre festival opened its doors this week to an excited crowd, sunshine and ‘super tidy’ burgers!
Now the largest event of its kind outside London, organisers promise 2017 will be the biggest event in its 35-year history. Macbeth, The Vicar of Dibley and Spamalot are among the seven shows being staged in Sophia Gardens during five weeks in June & July.
Ticket sales for the festival are at their best yet since moving to its Sophia Gardens home from St Fagan’s in 2013.
The event attracts 20,000 people to the park every summer and Festival director Paul Williams said organising it was like “birthing an elephant”.
He said, “We have a team of around 200 people working or volunteering at the festival. It’s such a big part of Cardiff’s summer. So many passionate people get involved, and it’s brilliant to see how much the audience enjoy it – it makes all the hard work worth it. We’re proud to offer theatre of the highest quality without an elitist price tag.”