About the Festival
Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival Everyman attracts over 20,000 visitors a year. Referred to in previous years as “The Welsh Glynebourne” by Ted Hughes no less and a “summer highlight” by the South Wales Echo, Everyman is proud to stage productions that cater to a wide demographic of all ages.
It is our ambition to stage innovative interpretations of our productions that both challenge and entertain our audiences. We stage a Shakespeare Production, Musical, Family show suitable for young children and a Light Entertainment/Comedy production.
So, how did it all begin?
The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival, formerly known as the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival began life in 1983 with our first production, The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. Following on from this initial success we added the family show in 1988 swiftly followed by the Musical in 1993 and in 2012 we then added the Light Entertainment category.
Our first home was Dyffryn Gardens where we performed until 1995. In 1996 we moved to the Museum of Welsh Life, St. Fagans and following the start of their recent re-development we found a new home, thanks to the kind assistance of Cardiff Council in 2013, our current base, Sophia Gardens.