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Almshouse Street, Monmouth, Gwent, NP25 3XP
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Ballet Theatre UK: Aladdin

Ballet Theatre UK: Aladdin

A dazzling re-telling the classic children's story about an orphan, an evil sorcerer and a magic lamp.

Sat 11 Dec

£10–£18

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

A tragic love story ensues when young Prince Siegfried meets Odette, who is white swan by day and human by night. Odette can only wait for an oath of true love to break the curse. This tale of love, drama and deception is brought to life by Russia's world famous Bolshoi Ballet.

Thu 7 Jul

£10–£16

A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley

Brother Wolf presents

A Christmas Carol - As told By Jacob Marley (deceased)

Adapted and performed by James Hyland     Music by Chris Warner

 

Told from the perspective of Scrooges deceased business partner, this award-winning stage adaptation has been hailed as the "definitive telling of A Christmas Carol" (Redditch Standard), and rated as one of "the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK" (High 50 Culture). Recognised by The Queen for its part in Dickensian Scholarship, this "forcefully compelling masterpiece" (Manx Independent) delivers thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all ages.

Jacob Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life; a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marleys words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooges eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness.

Praise for A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased):

"Hyland is an extremely powerful presence… this is a masterful performance" (British Theatre Guide)

"storytelling at its best… a memorable and astonishing production." (London Theatre 1)

"heart in the mouth theatre in its finest form" (Sheerness Times Guardian)

"a forcefully compelling masterpiece… outstanding" (Manx Independent)

"Hyland has hooked us in with his magnetic solo performance" (St Albans Review)

"as Charles Dickens intended it… Imaginative and captivating" (High 50 Culture)

"an incredible one man performance… a master class in acting" (Lanelli Star)

"riveting acting… stunning voice work… unforgettable" (The Stage)

"thrilling… Hylands versatility and physicality are astounding" (UK Theatre Network)

"masterful storytelling… a production which enthrals at every point" (A Younger Theatre)

"a work of art, and one that must be seen… thoroughly recommended" (The Dr Bird)

"Wonderful storytelling… clever, funny and powerful" (Remotegoat)

"astonishingly powerful… extraordinary acting" (The Public Reviews)

"astonishing acting… a vibrant re-imagination of the classic" (Extra! Extra!)

"chilling, humorous, surprising… Powerful theatre indeed" (The York Press)

"Hyland is an immensely powerful actor… the kids were riveted" (The Independent)

"as Dickens intended… powerful, thought-provoking… definitive" (Redditch Standard)

"the physical performance was exceptional…  A classic story performed superbly" (Cumbria Guide)

TRAILER 1: http://youtu.be/sKDhj92jCXs

TRAILER 2: https://youtu.be/D4Kg-msBR24

WEBSITE: www.brotherwolf.org.uk

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/BrotherWolfProductions

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BrotherWolfUK

RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes with no interval

Parental discretion advised for children under 7

Tickets: Full price £12,  Concessions £10

Thu 2 Dec

£10–£12

An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan

An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan

Comedy double-bill featuring stand-up and impressions from Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan.

Sat 26 Feb

£27.50

An Evening with Sir Gareth Edwards, CBE

An Evening with Sir Gareth Edwards, CBE

In Association with Aitch & Aitch BeeSurely there is probably not a more iconic rugby player than Sir Gareth Edwards.

One of the stars of the great Welsh side of the 1970s, he made a then record 53 consecutive appearances for Wales scoring 22 tries. 

As well as for Wales, Sir Gareth played 195 times for Cardiff RFC and 10 times for the British and Irish Lions on three tours being part of the only Lions side to win a series in New Zealand in 1971 and then 3 years later was part of the "Invincibles" that went unbeaten in South Africa.

If that wasn't enough, he of course, appeared many times for the Barbarians and was the scorer of "That Try" against the All Blacks in 1973.

In 2003, he was voted the "greatest of all time" by a poll of fellow rugby players.

This will be an evening not to miss for any rugby fan - young or old as we chat to Sir Gareth about his career and his views on the current game.

There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A during the second half of the evening.

Tickets are priced at £25 with a limited number of VIP tickets available at £55 which will include seats in the front two rows plus an opportunity to meet Sir Gareth, a photo opportunity and ONE signature from the man himself. 

Please note there may be some strong language.

Tickets:  VIP Meet & Greet £55, Full Price £25, Under 18's £22.50 (plus a Booking Fee of 7%)

Fri 21 Jan

£22.50–£55

An Evening with Wayne Pivac

An Evening with Wayne Pivac

In Association with Aitch & Aitch Bee

Just a few days after the end of the 2022 Six Nations Championship, we are delighted to be able to welcome the Wales Head Coach to Monmouth for an evening of rugby chat.

Wayne was appointed as the Wales Head Coach in 2019 in succession to fellow Kiwi Warren Gatland. Prior to his appointment, Wayne coached in his native New Zealand with successful spells at Northland, Auckland and North Harbour as well as leading Fiji for three years in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup.

More recently, Pivac was the Head Coach at the Scarlets and oversaw a successful period at the region beating Munster in Dublin to lift the Pro12 title, their first major trophy for 12 years.

After taking over at Wales, he started to rebuild after a difficult 2020 and led Wales to within a whisker of a Grand Slam in 2021 but still landing another Six Nations Championship.

As well as an interview with Wayne, there will be an opportunity for an audience Q&A on the evening. Tickets are available now at £18.50 (Students at £16). As well as standard tickets, there are a limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets available which will include seating in the first two rows plus an opportunity for you to meet Wayne after the show, have a photo and ONE signature from the man himself.

NB may contain strong language.

Tickets:  VIP Meet & Greet £36.00, Full Price £18.50, Under 18's £16 (plus a Booking Fee)

Wed 23 Mar

£16–£36

Gordon Buchanan - 30 Years In The Wild: The Anniversary Tour

Gordon Buchanan - 30 Years In The Wild: The Anniversary Tour

One of the most prominent wildlife presenters and filmmakers working today, Gordon Buchanan's journey is a remarkable story to tell.

Having produced some of the most popular wildlife programmes on the BBC, we have been able to see his incredible passion for the animal kingdom and the unique ability he has for presenting such hidden animal worlds to an audience.

For the first time, Gordon will be taking a look back at his incredible 30 years working both behind and in front of the camera. This will be a rare opportunity to discover what has continued to drive his career and the landmark stories that take pride of his work.

With three decades worth of expeditions to guide us through, this will be the first time Gordon is able to show us his favourite wildlife encounters. The tools and traits he has developed over the years to be at the forefront of wildlife filmmaking. This will be a showcase of both his most celebrated work, and that never seen before, a behind the scenes insight of how these successful programmes are made.

Always reflective Gordon Buchanan is taking this opportunity to understand how his time within the wildlife industry has changed and what the future potentially holds for us and the animal kingdom as co inhabitants of our rapidly changing ecological landscape.

Touring throughout February 2022

Tickets: Full Price £25, Under 18's £15

Sat 19 Feb

£29.50

Hells Bells

Hells Bells

Homage to the hard rock legends AC/DC.

Sat 5 Mar

£15–£19

The Lesson

Icarus Theatre Production of Eugene Ionescus tragicomedy on oppression.

At this comedys opening we find a mild-mannered, scatty-scholar teaching his bright-eyed, bonne-élève student that 1+1=2. When the innocent pupil begins to displease her tutor, the pedagogue turns on her, becoming a bullying tyrant, a ferocious animal bent on her destruction.

"50s Absurdism meets 90s in-yer-face apocalypticism." - Time Out

Tickets: Full Price: £16. Under 18s £14

 

Tue 4 Oct

£14–£16

Oh! What a Night

Oh! What A Night

A musical journey back in time to the big hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Sat 12 Feb

£21–£23

The Rocky Horror Show Live

Live Broadcast

The Telegraph

'STILL THE SEXIEST & FUNNIEST SHOW IN TOWN'   Evening Standard

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O'Brien's legendary rock 'n' roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, comes to the big screen near you. This special Halloween live performance will be broadcast from the Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London's West End.

Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba as Brad and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party and features timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting, show-stopping Time Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids -Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank'n'Furter. It is an adventure they'll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity.

BBFC: 12A AS LIVE BROADCAST

Running time: 135 minutes

Tickets Adults: £14, Concessions: £12 (over 60s, 18s & under)

Thu 28 Oct

£12–£14

Royal Ballet Live: Romeo and Juliet

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2019

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

Mon 14 Feb

£10–£16

Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
  • 2017

Live broadcast of the Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

Thu 9 Dec

£10–£16

Royal Opera House: La Traviata

Royal Opera House: La Traviata
  • 2019
  • Directed by: Yves Abel (cond)
  • Written by: Verdi

Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo.

Wed 13 Apr

£10–£16

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto
  • 2022
  • 12A

Anniversary Screening (performed in September 2021) from The Royal Opera House.In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears, sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi's masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi's thrilling Rigoletto pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.

This special anniversary screening of Verdi's Rigoletto celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Approximate running time: 3 hours (with one interval)

Tickets: Full Price: £16, Concession £15, Child/Student £10

Thu 10 Mar

£10–£16

Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian

Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian with support from Scott Matthews

SAVING GRACEa co-operative featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian - vocals,  Oli Jefferson - percussion,   Tony Kelsey - mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars and Matt Worley - banjo, cuatro, acoustic and baritone guitars.    

 

.These five musicians work in glorious harmony from start to finish reworking a selection of diverse cover versions that have been collected from various places creating a musical journey in its truest form.. Furthermore, this odyssey has been undertaken in the spirit of appreciation, musicianship, and exultation: they truly are a band of joy!".

Tickets: £33.50

Fri 17 Dec

£33.50

Talon - The Best of Eagles

Talon - The Best of Eagles

The Legacy Tour 2020/21

Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and The Legacy Tour 2020/21 will once again feature the Eagles timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin Eyes, Life In The Fast Lane and many more.

This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of tribute. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base that together have become a family.

The ability of Talon to evolve and go from strength to strength in delivering bigger and better shows year on year continues once again with what promises to be an EVENT

Talon perform the songs of the Eagles with reverence and super talent

(Jack Tempchin - Eagles Hit Songwriter).

WWW.TALONMUSIC.CO.UK

All Tickets: £25

Sat 20 Nov

£25

Ubu Roi - Splendid Productions

"Some people would say that UBU did terrible, blooderous things…"

Behold the tale of UBU! He likes power so much he refuses to give it back.

UBU! Can you resist the charm of this puffed-up lump as he guffs his way to THE TOP?

UBU!! Watch as this all-conquering buffoon deviously despatches anyone who gets in his way.

Who will stop UBU? No one will stop UBU!

Expect the unexpected! … Or the entirely predictable!

UBU!!!

Splendid Productions present a brand new creative adaptation of Alfred Jarry's surrealist classic. We explore power, leadership and ambition with our usual heady concoction of music, laughter, politics, foolishness and hard-hitting theatrical nonsense.

★★★★★ "frankly brilliant" Three Weeks (Woyzeck)

★★★★ "absolutely hilarious a masterclass in Epic Theatre" The Reviews Hub (The Oresteia)

★★★★ "a joyous celebration of humanity, and a triumph of physical theatre" The List (Everyman)

Tickets: Adult £14, Student £12

Thu 24 Mar

£12–£14

The West End at Christmas

The West End At Christmas are back!

Stars from the West End present a magical evening of entertainment featuring hits from the musicals and the best of Christmas song.

The exceptionally talented cast have starred in many West End productions and national tours including Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, South Pacific, Starlight Express, Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Joseph and Cats… to name but a few!

"After a year of dismay, we are so excited to be back on stage and to reunite with all our amazing audiences across the country" (Cast)

"This wonderful concert guarantees to bring you joy and fill you with Christmas cheer"

(Evening Post)

An evening not to be missed!

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Twitter: @Concert_westend

Website: www.thewestendinconcert.com

Tickets: Adults £19, Concessions £16

Wed 22 Dec

£16–£19

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