What’s On – Theatre: Anna Bolena & Who’s Afraid Of Rachel Roberts

With the weather gradually becoming more insufferable now is the season to book up your weekends with exhibitions, theatre trips and endless book lists. To save you five minutes here’s two gems coming to South Wales theatres in the next month.

Anna Bolena by the Welsh National Opera

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As part of the Wales Millennium Centre’s Tudor Season, the Welsh National Opera are putting on Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Sat 14 Sept, Fri 27, Sept, 7:00pm, tickets: £5-£40). Telling the tale of the ill-fated Queen’s last days in the court of Henry VIII with memorable arias and duets, this is a gem. As a woman who has captured the minds and hearts of those looking back into her life, and the mother of Britain’s most fierce queen to date, there is no doubt this retelling will be an intriguing one, offering an emotional journey into the life of Anne before her infamous husband ha

d her beheaded (nice guy was ol’ Henry). With good reviews coming in from early performances this sounds like a pretty good bet for opera fans and also a good segue for newcomers to the art as they won’t have to spend hours guessing the plot.

Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts? by Torch Theatre Company

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After performances in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival which garnered positive reviews, Torch Theatre’s show is coming to several shows in South Wales including Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru and Swansea’s Grand Theatre. BAFTA winning actress Helen Griffith is taking on the challenge of portraying the Llanelli girl who hit Hollywood. Hard. Roberts was known for her brash nature, alcoholism and depression which eventually led to her suicide but not after she appeared in several films; won a BAFTA; gained a nomination for a Best Lead Actress Oscar; and married (and divorced) twice. Griffith has perfected the art of capturing Roberts’ bleak and scathing humour which will be a wonder to behold. Watch this space for a review next week.

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