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Theatre round-up: New political comedy in Cardiff next week

A new political comedy play arriving in Cardiff next week (21 May) looks inside the workings of government as they might be in the UK of 2026.

Party Games, starring Matthew Cottle, Debra Stephenson and Ryan Early, will take New Theatre audiences inside the chaos of government to see whether advisers do advise and if ministers can decide. 

The newly elected leader of the hastily formed centrist One Nation Party presides over a hung parliament, a discontented electorate and striking cheese makers. 

You can find out more and order tickets here. Be aware there's age guidance of 12+ because of swearing.

🎭 Bringing three generations together, Gaynor Faye and her son, Oliver Anthony, join the cast of the world premiere UK stage tour of The Syndicate, written by Gaynor’s mum, the legendary, Kay Mellor.


This new comedy drama, based on the BBC series that ran over four series, concludes its UK tour at the New Theatre 23-27 July.


Written by BAFTA Award winner Kay Mellor just before her death in 2022, it tells the story of five supermarket workers whose lottery syndicate numbers come in, just as their jobs are under threat. Details and tickets here.

🎭 Singing superstar Jason Donovan is joining the cast of Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical the Rocky Horror Show, to star as Frank ‘n’ Furter in the 2024-25 UK tour.

Jason is returning to the role for the first time in the UK for over 25 years and will be part of the cast for its visit to the New Theatre later this year (4-9 November).


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