It’s that time of year again! With Christmas nearing and 2021 drawing to a close, we take a look back at some of the best art and cultural offerings to come out of Wales this year. Today, we’re reflecting on the best Welsh theatre of 2021.
This year has seen many successful shows and plays delivered across the country — the people of Wales have been entertained not only by digital productions and a return to live theatre but also by unique open air performances. With a mix of original shows and new renditions of classics, this year’s theatre output has not disappointed. Despite some difficulty, we at Wales Arts Review have selected our top ten Welsh theatre productions of 2021; read on for the full list.
Our number one will be announced later in December.
Terroir (Sherman Theatre and RWCMD | Digital)
FOW (Deaf & Fabulous Productions and Taking Flight Theatre Company | Digital)
Richard III (Everyman Theatre | Open Air)
Where to Belong (Victor Esses | Live)
For the Grace of You Go I (Theatr Clwyd | Digital)
The Book of Mormon (Wales Millennium Centre | Live)
The Boy With Two Hearts (Wales Millennium Centre | Live)
Kill Me Now (Dirty Protest Theatre | Digital)
Anfamol (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre | Live)
Not Sorry (Taking Flight Theatre and Artes Mundi | Performance Film)
Previous winners include:
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