Tredegar House: Important Information
We’re delighted to welcome you back to the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 21 at Tredegar House.
This page contains all the information you need about the performance you are attending, including refreshments and how we are keeping our cast, crew and audiences safe this year.
Don’t forget that as we are on tour this year you must bring your own chairs with you to the performance.
About Tredegar House
A place shaped by the local community, Tredegar House and its surrounding gardens and parkland stand proudly at the heart of Newport’s heritage, and is now managed by the National Trust.
Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles. For more than 500 years the house was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the Morgans, later Lords Tredegar.
Performances will take place in the Stable Courtyard.
Getting to Tredegar House
On Foot and by bicycle – The National Cycle Network Route 4 (NCN4) passes the entrance. There is good pedestrian access from Newport, and from the Duffryn estate.
By car – Tredegar House is signposted from both the A48 and the M4. When driving along the M4, exit at junction 28. Please note that due to recent upgrades to J28 Tredegar House is not signposted on the roundabout itself – follow directions and lanes for A48 East. We recommend checking a map or SatNav before heading off, or using the street address ‘Pencarn Way’.
Park in the main Tredegar House car park, which is pay and display (PayByPhone options available as the machines accept cash only). Parking is free for National Trust members – please scan your membership cards on the machine.
By bus Local bus routes 30 and 36 stop within a 5-minute walk of Tredegar House. Check the Traveline Cymru website for latest routes and timetables.
The performance site is located through the formal gardens in the Stable Courtyard. There is a short walk from the car park, so we recommend arriving no later than 15 minutes before the start of the performance time as you will need time to walk through the gardens, and to be seated. The paths in the gardens are flat, so it is suitable for wheelchair users.
The parkland at Tredegar House is free to enter and open all day, so you are welcome to arrive early to enjoy the park. The formal gardens are open until 5pm. They are free to National Trust members, which admission charges available on Tredegar House’s website. So that we are able to get the performance space ready, visitors to the formal gardens will be asked to leave at 5pm, and you will need to queue at the black gates again at the appropriate time if you are viewing a performance.
For The Railway Children, arrival to the site is from 5.30pm. For Richard III and Henry V, arrival to the site is at 7.30pm. The entrance to the formal gardens is through the black gates, opposite the main car park. You will then make your way through the formal gardens, before turning right by the mansion house. Stewards will be there to help guide you.
You will be asked to queue for a short time whilst we check your tickets. Please note that we are still keeping audience groups at a small distance from the next party, to keep everyone safe, and at least 2m away from the stage. A face covering is still required for the toilets, unless you are exempt.
Our stewards will check your tickets, so bring along your confirmation email, either printed or on a screen (e.g. mobile phone). We will be operating Track and Trace. You will then be asked to seat yourselves in a dedicated area for your party.
This year we are asking everyone to bring their own chairs with them. Picnic blankets to sit on are not suitable as you may not be able to see the stage, and the ground of the Stable Courtyard is gravel and cobbles.
Please bring everything with you and check the weather forecast before you arrive!
We recommend packing a brolly and bringing a coat and blankets in case it gets cold, as the audience is not covered this year. We also recommend bringing appropriate clothing, including hats and sunglasses, as there is no cover in the Stable Courtyard and the weather forecast is very warm for the week.
This year we are not selling programmes but there is an online programme that can be accessed here.
A QR code and link will also be displayed at the Festival site.
Tredegar House are selling refreshments close to the Stable Courtyard itself from 5.30 – 9.30pm (end of Richard III interval) 19 – 24 July, and 7.30 – 9.30pm for Henry V. This will include ice creams and cold drinks. If you arrive early, the Brewhouse Cafe is open until 5pm.
You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments. Please take your rubbish with you or use the bins provided.
Please note that smoking and e-cigarettes are not permitted in the formal gardens.
There are toilet facilities available at Tredegar House by the main car park, and at the park kiosk, which is closer to the performance location.
* Please note – there is no interval in The Railway Children as the running time is 1 hour 20 minutes, and the toilets are a short walk away.
*There is an interval in Richard III, with a running time of approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.
After the performance
We ask all audience members to clear the formal gardens straight after the performance. Please note that cast members will not be coming back out to the audience area, so if you are waiting to see them, please make alternative arrangements.
Keeping you safe
We are always following the latest Welsh Government guidance. Whilst social distancing is no longer required outdoors, we will still be seating our audience groups at a distance from each other to support keeping you safe. You are required to wear face coverings (unless you are exempt) in indoor areas, such as the toilets. As the performance is outdoors you do not need to wear a face covering for the performance itself. Hand sanitiser is also provided at the entrance to the performance site.
Our cast and crew
Throughout rehearsals and performances our cast and crew are following strict COVID protocol which has been regularly reviewed. This has included social distancing, use of hand sanitizer, appropriate ventilation of indoor spaces, and wiping down any chairs and props after use. Any members of the company who have shown symptoms are not in rehearsals, and self isolation processes have also been followed. This will continue for the performances themselves.
During the performance you will see moments where cast members are not socially distanced for a short space of time. This is permitted in the current guidance from the Welsh Government for the arts, with casts working within strict working groups, these moments limited, and there are other mitigating factors, which are covered in the rehearsal and performance risk assessment. Cast and crew have made arrangements to limit the number of people using props, and there is no shared costume use.
Please also be aware that the actors playing Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter in The Railway Children are an extended household so do not need to socially distance during the performance. There is also an extended household in the Richard III cast.
Thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoy the show!
The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 21 team.