Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival 2016 by Everyman Theatre

This year Everyman Theatre is presenting a huge theatre festival for the 2016 summer season which will take place in Sophia Gardens from Thursday 23 June. Started originally in Duffryn Gardens in 1983 Cardiff Open Air Theatre has grown from there to Sophia Gardens in 2013 and will be even bigger in 2016.

Cardiff Open Air Festival Group Shot Final

This season starts with the critically acclaimed Into the Woods playing from 23 June – 2 July. Audiences will be transported deep into the woods: where wishes come true and curses are reversed.

Next up is ‘Allo ‘Allo which shows from 7th July – 16th July.

The one I’m looking forward to the most is the classic Romeo and Juliet which is showing from 21 July – 30 July. Perhaps the most famous of all Shakespeare’s plays, in this the 400th year of his death, will take to the outdoor stage led by Jack Paterson and Mark Modzelewski, two experienced directors who are new to the festival.

I’m really looking forward to taking the girls to see the family show Disney’s Peter Pan running from 23-30 July.  The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader”, “You Can Fly”, “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”.

Finishing off the programme are India Dance Wales who present two hypnotic shows on Sunday 10 July, Shishya and Shakuntala, and Everyman Youth Theatre will present Richard II on Sunday 24 July.

There will be a pizza company on site, a bar and ice cream and coffee available every evening from 6.30 pm. If you are worried about getting cold you can even hire blankets!

I’m so excited to be able to review all of these for you, I love the theatre and I have never been to the Open Air Festival before so I’m really looking forward to sharing what I think.

For more information and to book tickets online visit the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival website: or call the box office on 0333 6663366.

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Disclosure – I am being gifted tickets to these shows for the purpose of reviewing them. All opinions are honest and my own.




  1. June 23, 2016 / 3:00 am

    I didn’t know Cardiff had an open air festival! It looks like a great mix of shows too, something for everyone.

  2. Kerry Norris
    June 23, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I will have to try and go this year. Id like to see Romeo and Juliet. Weather looks good for it too. X

  3. June 23, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I’m so looking forward to seeing Peter Pan Jnr. I love their Disney shows every year. Fingers crossed the weather is kind to the cast! x

  4. June 27, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    This open air festival looks amazing and I can’t wait for it to start. We are going to one of the shows and are so excited

    Laura x

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