It’s that time of year again! With Christmas nearing and 2022 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 2022
This year has seen the return of live theatre in venues across Wales, with a mix of original shows and new renditions of classics, this year’s theatre output has seen Welsh theatre return with a bang following a difficult two years. We at Wales Arts Review have put our heads together to select our top Welsh theatre productions of 2022; read on for the full list.
Yasemin Özdemir offers up a powerful performance in Henry Naylor’s Angel, the true story of Rehana and her fight to protect her hometown from ISIS advances.
A musical recounting the antics of a community thrown into disarray by a nomination for “Britain’s Best Town”.
The In-Between (Theatre Clwyd and National Youth Theatre)
A comedy about all the challenges of adolescence written for the National Youth Theatre of Wales Ensemble 2022.
Operation Julie (Theatr na nOg and Aberystwyth Arts Centre)
An anarchic musical telling the true story of how an extensive drug ring was busted in Tregaron in the ‘70s.
The Making of a Monster (Wales Millennium Centre)
Created from grime culture and inspired by Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Skepta and Kano, this Grime-Theatre mash-up tells the story of Connor Allen, growing up mixed-race in Newport.
Of Mice and Men (Torch Theatre)
Torch Theatre bring Steinbeck’s American classic back to life in a new production directed by Peter Doran.
Stone the Crows (Company of Sirens – Chapter Arts Centre)
A Winterlight production made in association with Company of Sirens from writer Tim Rhys.
My Mix(ed-Up) Tape (Dirty Protest Theatre)
A high-energy mix of music, mime and fast paced dialogue, centering on a one-woman script written and performed by Katie Payne.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Sherman)
The Sherman Theatre’s enchanting and unique bilingual production of a Shakespearian classic.
Previous winners include:
2021: FOW (Deaf & Fabulous Productions and Taking Flight Theatre Company)
2020: The Beauty Parade (Kaite O’Reilly, Wales Millennium Centre)
2018: All But Gone (The Other Room)