May looks like a fab month for theatre and film. In terms of theatre I’m most excited about seeing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wales Millennium Centre; I think it’s going to be an amazing show!
With regards to film, I’m totally desperate to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we are huge fans of the first film and the soundtrack alone is enough of a reason to love it. I cannot wait to see how they continue the story and how things have worked out for Star Lord and Gamora! I’m also super keen to see Alien: Covenant; I love the Alien movies (especially the first one!) and the latest trailer looks amazing!
Anyway, onto the all important list…
St David’s Hall has quite a lot of tribute acts coming up this year, and I’m very excited about Killer Queen on 10th May, The Simon & Garfunkel Story on 24th May and King of Pop on 31st May. We’re all pretty huge Queen fans, but George is probably the most excited for this tribute show, much like the King of Pop with Navi and Michael Jackson’s guitarist Jennifer Batten! Both shows look absolutely amazing. For me, The Simon & Garfunkel Story stands out the most because the music reminds me of my youth (I know, I know but I feel about 50 these days!); I’d listen to their music whilst writing essays and relaxing in my tiny student room! Tickets for all shows range from £19.50-£35.00.
For the family there’s the wonderful Welsh National Opera; a perfect Sunday afternoon for all the family. Presented by Wynne Evans, there’s the chance to arrive early and experience what happens behind the scenes with wigs, make-up and costume staff on hand. Tickets cost £5.00-15.00.
Another performance that reminds me of the years I began to mould into the person I am today is Top Girls. Everyman Theatre is coming to Chapter Arts Centre with this fantastic performance. It was a play I studied at college, and I’ll never forget it! I think this is such an important play, a look over the history of women and the fight for equality, and whether adopting male characteristics or not really makes a difference to our lives. Top Girls will be at Chapter from 2nd-6th May and tickets cost £12.
How My Light Is Spent is one I’m really looking forward to seeing at Sherman Theatre. The story of phone sex worker Kitty and disappearing Jimmy, this one looks like a corker! It’s £16 per ticket and running from 16th- 27th May.
As I said at the beginning of the post, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Wales Millennium Centre between 9th and 13th May. It looks outstanding, with X-Factor winner Joe McElderry starring as Joseph, I think this is a must-see for May! Tickets range between £14.50-£34.50. There’s also the chance to catch Romeo and Juliet, running until 14th May. Check out my review here, it was absolutely outstanding. Tickets are £10 each and there’s an age guidance of 7+.
I’m also really excited to be able to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This won seven Olivier Awards in 2013 and five Tony Awards in 2015, and it looks like such an interesting performance. I’ve read the book (a long time ago!) so it will be interesting to see how it transfers to stage…
New Theatre has a nice mix this May, from Million Dollar Quartet for a fun-filled evening of 50’s music (running from 2nd-6th May) to the interesting tale The Crucible (running from 23rd-27th May). Both look fantastic and tickets start from £13.00.
If it’s a family show you’re looking for, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure is running from 31st May-4th June. We love the films, so this is an exciting one for our family! Tickets range from £10.50-£21.50.
There’s a very awesome choice for anyone heading out of Cardiff and to Memo in Barry. On Tuesday 30th May at 2pm there’s a screening of the amazing Labyrinth and the tickets are only £3 in advance. Being a HUGE David Bowie fan, this makes me so happy and excited (and also a little sad) and I think it’s a great venue to see such a film as this!
Their Finest has had great reviews and it’s showing at Chapter Arts Centre, a story set in Wartime Britain about a woman asked to add a ‘woman’s choice’ to Propoganda films. Their Finest is running from 1st-18th May and I cannot wait to see it!
Some other hidden gems in May’s listing at Chapter include The Handmaiden, Mad to be Normal, The Boss Baby, Peppa Pig and Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang. For the grown-ups The Handmaiden looks like a disturbing and erotic film, with an intriguing storyline about love, seduction and relationships. It’s on from 8th-18th May and tickets cost £5.10. Mad to be Normal also looks like a treat (if you have my kind of taste in film!) focusing on R. D. Laing’s Kingsley Hall experiment. Set in the 1960’s it’s the tale of Laing and his controversial ideas regarding psychiatric treatment. It’s running from 12th-25th May and tickets start at from £5.10.
The family selections sound full of laughs and great for all ages. I know Molly would adore seeing Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience and The Boss Baby, and I think George would really enjoy Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang. I love the sound of all three, especially introducing subtitles to children in Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang.
There’s so much to see and do in Cardiff this May, what are you looking forward to seeing?