New Theatre, Cardiff

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New Theatre
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Address Park Place
Wales, UK
Capacity 1144
Opened 10 December 1906
The New Theatre

The New Theatre (Welsh: Theatr Newydd, although it usually uses its English name as a title) is one of the principal theatres in Cardiff, capital city of Wales, and celebrated its centenary in 2006. It is located in Cardiff city centre on Park Place, close to Cathays Park.

The theatre has a capacity of 1,144,[1] and hosts a number of touring productions including Musical theatre, plays and children's shows and also presents an annual Christmas pantomime.


The building was constructed from brick and Bath Stone and opened to the general public on 10 December 1906.[2] The first public performance was a performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.[2]

The artists that have performed on stage at the New Theatre have included Sarah Bernhardt, Anna Pavlova, Laurel and Hardy, Tom Jones, Tommy Cooper and Shirley Bassey.[2] Harold Pinter's play The Homecoming had its world première here on 26 March 1965.[3]

In 1954 Welsh National Opera made the New Theatre its home and principal base, however they have subsequently moved and taken up permanent residence in the Wales Millennium Centre.[2]

In 1993, Sir Anthony Hopkins unveiled a bronze bust of writer Gwyn Thomas in the foyer.[citation needed]

The New Theatre has been a Grade II listed building since 1975.[4]

Present day[edit]

The stage from the balcony and boxes to left and right

Arts Active is the education, community and audience engagement section of St David's Hall and the New Theatre.

The theatre also hosts all the rounds of the Song Prize of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, apart from the final night, which is held in St David's Hall.

It was featured in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "Secrets of the Stars".


  1. ^ "New Theatre seating plan". New Theatre. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d "New Theatre history". New Theatre. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  3. ^ Nightingale, Benedict (1965-03-27). "review: The Homecoming at Cardiff". The Guardian. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "New Theatre". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 

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Coordinates: 51°29′01″N 3°10′32″W / 51.483662°N 3.175532°W / 51.483662; -3.175532