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It's a Happy New Year at Clwyd Theatr Cymru - Oh Yes It Is!
Theatre Celebrates Audience Success Story As New Figures Show a Quarter of the Total Drama Audience in Wales Now Come to Mold for World Class Theatre.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru is the most popular drama house in Wales. Figures from Audiences Wales show that in the financial year 2011/12, the latest year for which information is available, almost one third of the theatre's programme was dedicated to drama. Of 37 Welsh theatres participating in the Knowledge Benchmark, the Mold theatre alone presents 28% of the total drama available in Wales. Of all the households that have booked drama in Wales, a quarter come to Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
Last year 181,000 people bought tickets at the theatre. For drama productions specifically, there are double the percentage of households returning to Clwyd Theatr Cymru 3, 4 and 5 times than at any other theatre in Wales.
Over the year Clwyd Theatr Cymru saw 30% increase in sales for drama and an increase of 24% in revenue generated for drama events.
And Christmas has proved another hit with audiences.
Dick Whittington – The Wok 'n' Roll Panto, directed by Peter Roweandfeaturing a cast of ten multi-talented actor/musicians, including Phylip Harries as the Dame, played to an audience of 37,622 or 89% capacity. The annual pantomime, now an established tradition in Mold, is considered by many to be the best Wales has to offer. Booking usually opens in May.
Around 40,000 people have seen the Christmas shows and screenings at Clwyd Theatr Cymru this year, making it amongst the best in the theatre's 36 year history.
Terry Hands, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Clwyd Theatr Cymru commented "These figures are very encouraging and a tribute to the Company and the quality of its work."
Clwyd Theatr Cymru is Wales’ major drama producing operation, originally built as a Regional Arts Centre.
It is the home of a highly acclaimed producing company, which also presents much of its work on tour throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. The company produces mainly in English, but also in Welsh. There is a fully integrated Theatre for Young People department which uses the same performers, technicians and creative staff to achieve the same high production values as the mainstream product. The theatre also hosts a variety of touring drama, dance, music and a community Festival in the Summer. There are around 900 public performances per year. Clwyd Theatr Cymru is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council
Created through the vision of the old Flintshire County Council and its Chief Executive Haydn Rees, Theatr Clwyd was opened in 1976. Located a mile from Mold town centre in North East Wales, the building incorporates five performance venues: The Anthony Hopkins Theatre (580 seats), Emlyn Williams Theatre (250 seats), Studio 2 (120), multi-function Clwyd Room (up to 300) and Cinema (120). There is also a bookshop, a restaurant and three art galleries.Previous Artistic Directors have been George Roman, Toby Robertson, and Helena Kaut-Howson.
Terry Hands accepted the post of Director on 2 May 1997.The name changed to Clwyd Theatr Cymru in 1998 to reflect the theatre's new national identity and remit following the changes brought about by Local Government Reorganisation in Wales. In 1998 the theatre won the Barclays/TMA Theatre of the Year award and in 1999 was designated a Welsh National Performing Arts Company by the Arts Council of Wales
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By: Matthew Bulgo
Directed by: Kate Wasserberg
Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Dirty Protest join forces to stage the debut play of Welsh writer Matthew Bulgo.
Starring Sion Pritchard (Glengarry Glen Ross, Bruised, As You Like It), Last Christmas follows Tom who is confronted by the ghosts of Christmas past when he returns home for the festive period. With nowhere to escape Tom is forced to deal with his demons, with his family and Christmas at stake.
Last Christmas will be directed by Clwyd Theatr Cymru's new writing director Kate Wasserberg. The show will also play here as part of Clwyd Theatr Cymru's Celtic Festival in the Spring. Tickets will go on sale in January2013.
Performing at Sherman Cymru: 12-18 December 2012
Photo credit: Tracey Booth