Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff: 4 July to 2 August

Box office 0333 666 3366 or Online

Everyman 60s & 70s Gala Night: The Forte Choir
6th July, Sunday 8 p.m start £10 a ticket, Music for a Summer's night.

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All seating numbered and undercover

  • Buy nine tickets and get the tenth free
  • Buy nine tickets and get the tenth free
  • Buy nine tickets and get the tenth free

Sweeney Todd

Fri 4 July - Sat 12 July

by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler

“Exurberant and skillfull performances... the whole company excelled” South Wales Echo (The Mikado 2012)

Everyman is excited to bring Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to this year’s Open Air Theatre Festival. Packed with Sondheim’s characteristic wit and dark humour, Sweeney Todd is a heart-pounding, entertaining musical thriller.

The plot follows the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ as he returns to London from Australia. Now an ex-convict, he seeks revenge on those who separated him from his wife and child.

Prompted by the delightful Mrs Lovett, his victims become the fresh ingredients for her meat pies, boosting flagging sales but leading to a terrifying conclusion.

Acclaimed as Sondheim’s masterpiece, this razor sharp tale of vengeance and true love features some of the finest song writing ever seen on the stage.

Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Book by HUGH WHEELER. From an adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND. Originally directed by HAROLD PRINCE. Orchestrations by JONATHAN TUNICK. Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in association with Dean and Judy Manos. Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL

How to book

  • Telephone: Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm, Sat 9am – 5pm (excl. Bank Holidays).
  • Online: TicketSource
  • £1.50 booking fee on all transactions.

Public and Priority Booking now open!

What is a priority booker?

Priority Bookers are people who have provided us with their postal address when booking for either the 2012 or 2013 Everyman Open Air Theatre Festivals.

They will shortly receive a letter from us (in early April) with the Priority Booking code words which will give them access – online and via telephone - to exclusive discounts during the month of April.

If you attended either the 2012 or 2013 Festival and you do not receive a Priority Booking letter by Friday 11 th April, please email enquiries@everymantheatre.co.uk. We will check that you are on our customer list and send you the code words.

We hope to see you again this year!


Tue 15 - Mon 21 July

by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis

“Roll on the next run – I would love to see more productions like this on the stage, there are so many classic sitcoms that could be given new life this way.“ Burning Red (Faulty Towers 2013)

Everyman Theatre is delighted to be presenting stage adaptations of three of Lord Edmund Blackadder’s infamous historical exploits:


Blackadder is horrified to find he fancies a servant named Bob. Is there a cure that doesn’t involve leeches?


Blackadder tries to impress the Queen by sailing round the Cape of Good Hope. But what do you do when the drinking water runs out?


Blackadder tries to cheat his Puritan relatives out of their inheritance. Will they enjoy Baldrick’s Turnip Surprise?

The answers to these questions and more to be revealed in an evening so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel!

Everyman wishes to thank Ben Elton, Richard Curtis and the BBC for permission to stage this amateur production.

At the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival

  • All seats numbered and undercover
  • On-site bar.

Please check the Cardiff Council website for other events which may necessitate allowing longer to park.

Front row wheelchair spaces available. Please advise at time of booking.

Sweeney Todd

Fri 25 - Sat 2 Aug

by William Shakespeare

“...sighing in sympathy with the star-crossed lovers and exploding in guttural belly laughs at a good old drag joke, just as if it had been written yesterday.” South Wales Echo (Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2013)

Friday Night, Caroline Street. A refugee from an over-boiled stag party passes out in a shop doorway and, to his astonishment, awakes in 1950’s Italy. Here, as the brash chancer ‘Petruchio’, he is propelled into an almighty battle of the sexes with the indomitable Kate whose own outlandish reputation proceeds her.

Meanwhile for the young student Lucentio, all that stands between him and the sweet, virtuous Bianca is a string of other bachelors — some slightly more eligible than others — and her father’s absolute insistence that she shall not be married until her sister is wed. That sister is Kate.

From the director of last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes Shakespeare’s most outrageous and affecting romantic comedy, as seen through a new lens.

How to get there

By Bus: Cardiff Bus services

21, 25, 32, 62, 62C, 63 and 65C from Cardiff Central Bus Station and also buses 21, 25 and 63 convenient for festival site.

By Train:

Cardiff Central 1 mile. Traveline Cymru: 0871 2002 233 By Car: Sophia Gardens, Sophia Close, Cardiff CF11 9HW.

Disney's The Little Mermaid JR

Sat 26 July - Sat 2 Aug

“What an inspiring production of Alice in Wonderland in Sophia Gardens. The cast performed amazingly…” Marianne Walcot (via Facebook)

Travel with us to a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Before she can achieve her dream, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, escape the clutches of Ursula the sea witch and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.

With all your favourite characters and songs from the original Disney animated adventure, why not make The Little Mermaid “Part Of Your World” this summer?

Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater. Music by Alan Menken. Book by Doug Wright. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney animated film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written by John Musker & Ron Clements. Music Adapted and Arranged by David Weinstein. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Script, music and all other materials © 2010 iTheatrics. Broadway Junior and MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection are trademarks of Music Theatre International. All rights reserved.

Everyman Theatre Cardiff

Everyman Theatre Cardiff Ltd

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CF5 1QE Email: enquiries@everymantheatre.co.uk

Contact & Volunteering

The Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival is run by volunteers. You do not have to act to be a member. If you have any skills that you think would be relevant contact us.


Everyman Theatre reserves the right to alter, curtail or cancel any of the advertised performances due either to adverse weather conditions or to any other circumstance beyond its control. NO REFUND OR EXCHANGE WILL BE MADE IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, OR IN ANY EVENT, NOR CAN TICKETS BE RETURNED FOR RE-SALE. Everyman is a registered charity No. 1082484