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Welsh Theatre | The Best Plays of 2017

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 2017, as chosen by our critics, plus for the first time, our Play of the Year.

Torch Theatre’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest

Wales Arts Review’s 10 Best Plays of 2017

My Body Welsh (Pontio, Invertigo & the Conker Group)

Emily Garside visited the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff to watch and review a performance of My Body Welsh by Tara Robinson and Steffan Donnelly.

Killology (Sherman Theatre)

Jemma Beggs reviews Killology by Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan following their success with Iphigenia in Splott exploring the effect of a “new gaming experience”. 

Boho (Theatr Clwyd & Hijinx)

Georgie Bolwell casts a critical eye over Boho a piece of musical theatre from Theatr Clwyd & Hijinx Theatre Company. 

The Revlon Girl (Pontardawe Arts Centre)

Elin Williams is in Pontardawe to review The Revlon Girl a play written by Neil Anthony Docking and starring Charlotte Gray and Terri Dwyer.

Uncle Vanya (Theatr Clwyd)

Georgie Bolwell casts a critical eye over Theatr Clwyd’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with a revised adaptation by Peter Gill.

Granton Street (Fluellen Theatre Company)

Lewis Davies reviews the Fluellen Theatre Company’s production of Philip Burton’s Granton Street, a play about a politically evolving town in Wales.

The Cherry Orchard (Sherman Theatre)

Jemma Beggs reviews Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, following the success of their two previous shows, Iphigenia in Splott and Killology. 

Little Wolf (Lucid Theatre Company)

Phil Morris casts a critical eye over Lucid Theatre’s production of Little Wolf by Simon Harris, adapted from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Torch Theatre)

Elin Williams reviews Torch Theatre’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest adapted from the classic American novel by Ken Kesey.

Rent (Theatre Clwyd)

Emily Garside is at the Wales Millennium Centre to cast a critical eye over the 2oth anniversary production of Rent.


And Wales Arts Review’s Play of 2017 is…


The Revlon Girl.


“A powerful ensemble piece from the pen of Neil Docking, that knocked the Edinburgh Fringe sideways this year with a run of sold out shows and standing ovations.”