Discover the best of Welsh drama on stage at the New Theatre. Opened in 1906, it has been a cornerstone in Welsh theatre for more than a century. A hundred years later, the venue is still celebrated as a major hub for the arts in Cardiff. Its programme includes both local and touring productions of ballet, drama and music, as well as an annual Christmas pantomime which is popular with audiences of all ages. Our staff will be happy to help you find out what's on during your stay if you're eager to soak up some culture while you're here.
A historic theatreBuilt of brick and warm-hued Bath stone, the distinctive New Theatre is located right in the heart of Cardiff. On its completion in 1906, it boasted the largest stage of its kind in the country.
The first public performance took place on the theatre's opening night, the 10th December, and was a production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by the company of Mr Herbert Beerbohm Tree. This was followed by a pantomime production of Little Red Riding Hood, the first to be held at the theatre.
In 1931, structural alterations also allowed the New Theatre to be used as a picture house, the last major renovation for many years. In 2006, to mark its centenary in Cardiff, a major refurbishment of the building exterior took place.