VIDEO: Our 2015 musical production, Sweet Charity!
One final rehearsal for our mermaids from Disney's Peter Pan.
The Festival Company, 2009
Wendy Darling
Blackadder and his dim-witted Prince George, 2015
Guys & Dolls, 2013

About the Festival

Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival attracts over 14,000 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 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.

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