Shows & Entertainment
Professional theatre, opera of the highest quality, visiting ballet, classical music, and contemporary circus acts all mingle in Cardiff to make the city a well-rounded venue for entertaining and evenings out. Cardiff is a city of culture and benefits from some of the very best arts and entertainment. In a variety of venues, ranging from the spectacularly vast, to the cosy and intimate, you'll find something to amuse even the most diverse of tastes.
Theatres & Musicals
The city’s most iconic venue is the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. This lively performing arts venue, also serves as a home to among others the Welsh National Opera and The BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Free lunchtime concerts in the foyer also attract a crowd.
For entertainment ranging from Oklahoma to Calendar Girls, book into the New Theatre, a stately old venue that was actually new in 1906. It also stages the city’s annual panto, along with old favourites such as Buddy, the Rocky Horror Show, and The Producers.
St David’s Hall hosts regular classical music performances, including lunchtime concerts, and is the home of the Welsh Proms. You’ll also find an impressive series of tribute acts, bands, and comedians.
Sherman Cymru in the Cathays area of Cardiff reopened its doors in February 2012 following a big redevelopment. A packed programme of entertainment awaits this year, featuring the very best theatre, dance, family shows and music from Wales and the rest of the world.
Right in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre, the spectacular new Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; is a hub of creative activity where the work produced is open for everyone to enjoy. The College stages over 300 performances every year, ranging from vocal recitals to master-classes, from drama productions to brass bands, musicals and opera.
Cardiff has a great reputation for comedy and plays host to some of the best UK and International names across a number of venues within the city. Try the Wales Millennium Centre, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, or St David’s Hall for big name acts. Alternatively try one of the city's comedy clubs for new talent. You'll find up-and-coming as well as local talent at Chapter Arts Centre, plays host to comedy on the first and third Friday of each month.
In Cardiff Bay, you'll find comedy at The Glee Club, in Mermaid Quay which features a range of national and international comedians on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
For a full list of Cardiff's comedy events, click here.
Wales is known as a land of song and Cardiff leads the way with a vast array of live music venues. From arena tours to more cosy intimate gigs, Cardiff has the music spectrum covered whether you want to see local bands, live jazz, world music or international super-groups.
With some of the most memorable gigs in Cardiff's history being held in the Millennium Stadium, it really is an epic venue. The Motorpoint Arena Cardiff provides enviable variety and quantity of big-name classic and modern-day artists.
St David's Hall, Wales’ National Concert Hall is known for its wide range of live musical performances including world music, jazz, folk and classic rock & pop as well as being the home of the Welsh Proms. The Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, regularly hosts live music, mainly focussing on world, folk and acoustic artists. An intimate and cosy venue, it's the perfect place for an evening out.
Cardiff has a range of smaller venues featuring live music, every night of the week. You'll find laid back acoustic gigs, a myriad of jazz, dance, rock and metal bands, and good old-fashioned pop. Search Cardiff's live music events here.