Welsh Theatre | The Best of 2018

It’s been another fascinating year for Welsh theatre; so here are Wales Arts Review’s highlights, the ten best productions for the best of welsh theatre in 2018, as chosen by our critics.

Richard Harrington as Johnny and Katherine Parkinson as Judy in Home, I’m Darling (photo credit: Manuel Harlan)

Wales Arts Review’s Top 10 Stage Productions of the Year

All But Gone (The Other Room)

Jafar Iqbal reviews the latest production from Cardiff’s award-winning pub theatre, The Other Room, All But Gone.

Cardiff Boy (Red Oak Theatre Company & The Other Room)

Jafar Iqbal reviews Cardiff Boy at Red Oak Theatre, a look at life as a working class teen in 90’s East Cardiff, exploring themes of love, loss, and sexuality.

Exodus (Motherlode & RCT Theatres)

Jafar Iqbal reviews Exodus from Motherlode Theatre, an honest and well-directed depiction of the town of Aberdare and immigration.

Fel Anifail (Sherman Theatre)

Jafar Iqbal reviews a new production of Fel Anifail from the Sherman Theatre, which benefits from the extraordinary performances from its actors.

Highway One (August 012 & Wales Millennium Centre)

Gary Raymond heads to the Festival of Voice at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre to review Highway One, a WMC and August 012 co-production.

Home, I’m Darling (Theatre Clwyd & The National Theatre)

Georgie Bolwell visitst Theatr Clwyd in Mold to review Laura Wade’s play Home, I’m Darling, a collaboration with National Theatre in England.

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) (Carys Eleri & Wales Millennium Centre)

Siobhan Denton is at the Wales Millennium Centre’s Festival of Voice Cardiff to review Lovecraft, created and performed by Carys Eleri.

Moby Dick (Tin Shed Theatre Company)

Phil Morris reviews Tin Shed’s production of Melville’s Moby Dick, which is an exercise in more than just spectacle, with vulnerable and memorable performances on the part of the actors.

Nyrsys (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru)

Jafar Iqbal attends and reviews Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru production of Nyrsys, as part of the NHS Seventieth Anniversary Celebrations.

The Last Five Years (Leeway Productions)

Maggie Hampton takes a look at the new musical adaptation from Leeway Productions, from the point of view of someone who is deaf. The Last Five Years weaves through it a number of innovative techniques designed to make theatre more accessible for people with hearing impairments, with the use of sign language and deaf performers; Maggie asks whether this exciting step has hit all the right notes.

Join us on December 21st for the announcement of our No.1 Welsh production of 2018 from this list of 10.


Thanks to Jemma Beggs, Georgie Bolwell, Nicholas Davies, Siobhan Denton, Taylor Edmunds, Emily Garside, Maggie Hampton, Jafar Iqbal, Phil Morris, Grace Perkins, and Gary Raymond for their contributions to this list.