About the Festival
Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors a year. Referred to in previous years as 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.
Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival accept the use of Hynt Cards from registered carers accompanying someone with disabilities. The carer will receive a ticket without charge. Please contact our telephone box office at Ticketsource on 0333 666 3366 for further details.
Need to exchange tickets? Ticketsource are kind enough to handle all of our exchanges too. Give them as call and they’ll advise you how you can modify your booking.
Food at the festival.
We have The Grazing Shed on board this year, serving their super tidy burgers on every day at the festival. With a wide selection of Vegetarian & Vegan choices and all their burgers made from locally sourced, homemade, fresh ingredients, we know they are going to be a popular addition.
We also have a Festival Bar selling a wide selection of alcoholic and soft beverages and snacks. All of which can be taken in to our theatre stand.