Welsh Theatre | The Best of 2016

It’s been another fascinating year on the Welsh theatrical landscape, so here is Wales Arts Review’s highlights, the ten best plays to be put on in Wales in 2016, plus our pick in the worlds of dance and opera. It is a rich and diverse list, and displays a huge array of talent – just click on the red to read our original review of each production.

Kaite O’Reilly, author of Cosy.


Play/Silence (The Other Room, Cardiff)

Sand (The Other Room, Cardiff)

Meet Fred (Hijinx Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff)

St Nicholas (The Other Room, Cardiff)

Cosy (The Llanarth Group and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff)

Only the Brave (Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff)

Rhith Gân (Theatr Genedlaethol and National Eisteddfod, Abergavenny)

Constellation Street (The Other Room, Cardiff)

Wonderman (Gagglebabble with National Theatre Wales, Tramshed, Cardiff)

Cyrano de Bergerac (Theatr Clwyd, Mold)

Clare Booth in La Voix Humaine (photo: Polly Thomas)
Clare Booth in La Voix Humaine (photo: Polly Thomas)


La Voix humaine (WNO and Wales Millennium Centre, Penarth)

Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Youth Opera, Barry)

The Merchant of Venice (WNO, Cardiff, UK premiere )

The Devil Inside (Music Theatre Wales & Scottish National Opera, Aberystwyth)

Figaro Gets a Divorce (WNO, Cardiff, world premiere)


Folk by National Dance Company Wales (photo: Rhys Cozens)
Folk by National Dance Company Wales (photo: Rhys Cozens)

Shadow of a Quiet Society (Gwyn Emberton Dance, Riverfront, Newport)

Folk (National Dance Company Wales, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff)

Lucky Trimmer in Wales (Lucky Trimmer, The Dance House, Cardiff)

Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra (Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff)

Little Red Riding Hood (Ballet Cymru, Riverfront, Newport)


For a look through all of our theatre reviews of 2016 just click here.