Sherman Theatre has announced the first productions for its 50th anniversary season, featuring a diverse range of emerging and established voices in Welsh theatre.
Highlights include playwright Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan, returning to Sherman Theatre with new play Romeo and Julie, from 13 to 29 April 2023.
Sherman Associate Artist Gary Owen and former Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan are currently enjoying great acclaim for their production of Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith, which was first performed at Sherman Theatre in 2015.
Romeo and Julie is billed as a modern love story inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set against the inequality of opportunity faced by many of today’s young people, and is set in Cardiff’s Tremorfa and Splott communities.
The cast will include Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin), who is currently starring in Cabaret in the West End, as Romeo, and Rosie Sheehy (Bird – Sherman Theatre, All’s Well That Ends Well – RSC) as Julie. Other cast include Catrin Aaron (The Lovely Bones – Birmingham Rep, Missing Julie – Theatr Clwyd), Paul Brennen (A Discovery of Witches – Sky, Happy Valley – BBC) and Anita Reynolds (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – Sherman Theatre, A Monster Calls – The Old Vic / Bristol Old Vic).
Romeo and Julie will open at the National Theatre prior to its performances at Sherman Theatre.
Other shows include Nia Morais’ Welsh language magical story for young adults and upwards called Imrie, from 12 to 20 May 2023; and a Sherman Youth Theatre Festival with a performance inspired by Gary Owen’s Ghost City rooted in modern day Wales.
Other shows and events will be announced soon.
Joe Murphy, Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director said: “For 50 years Sherman Theatre has served the audiences, artists and communities of Cardiff and South Wales with work that we feel the whole nation can be proud of. This year is for our audiences, our artists and our communities. It’s a year-long celebration for the people we exist to serve. We’ll look back, we’ll look mostly forward, but we will always work to entertain with exceptional drama, local stories and innovative work.”