Laugh yourself silly in front of the UKs best comedians or immerse yourself in a musical or ballet at Swansea’s Grand Theatre. View the work of some of the region’s brightest up and coming playwrights at the intimate exhibition space before you bring your evening to a close with a drink at the rooftop bar.
Since its opening in 1897, the theatre has played host to some of the biggest names in show-business, with the likes of Jessie Matthews, John Forbes-Robertson and Sir Henry Irving having graced the stage in years gone by. Despite a rocky few years, a multi-million pound refurbishment between 1983 and 1987 ensured the theatre’s place as one of Wales’ best venues for performing arts.
Whatever kind of show you are looking for, you are sure to find that there is something on at the theatre that suits your taste. Ballet companies and musicals from around Europe can often be seen here along with the most talented actors straight from the West End. The theatre has also gained a reputation as a comedy hotspot with John Bishop, Alan Davies and Ross Noble among the most notable recent headliners.
If you get the chance, make sure you check out the arts wing exhibition space, a true hidden gem of the theatre. Much smaller than the 1000-seater main hall, this is a fun and friendly environment where you can get a taste for some of the hottest talent coming out of South Wales. The comedy club night that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month is always a lot of fun and the bi-monthly burlesque show is not to be missed.
Make your way to the terrace bar above the exhibition centre for a pre-show meal or a drink at the interval. Food is served all day and the bar will remain open for half an hour after the curtain closes.
The Grand Theatre is on Singleton Street, right in the middle of Swansea. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or on the theatre’s website.