Wales’s biggest theatre festival launched its 2017 programme this week.
What do a vivacious vicar, an ambitious warrior and a host of Monty Python characters have in common?
They’re all part of this year’s Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival. Everyman Theatre, Cardiff’s premier drama company, has just announced this summer’s programme of outdoor shows.
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 the month-long festival in June & July.
Taking on the role of Macbeth in one of Shakespeare’s darkest dramas is Steven Smith. He played Bottom in an RSC production of Midsummer Night’s Dream to critical acclaim.
Tickets for the festival are already selling well – with record takings so far. The event attracts 20,000 people to Sophia Gardens every summer.