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Theatre in Cardiff After a hectic day sightseeing it’s time to sit back, relax and watch someone else do all the hard work at one of Cardiff’s top class theatres.

As you’d expect from Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff offers a wide range of innovative and contemporary dance and drama mixed with the classics.

You’ll find some of the most exciting theatrical performances at the Bute Theatre [map], the university theatre for the Welsh College of Music and Drama at Cathays Park. The six separate performance areas offer a programme of concerts and drama productions staged by university students, and there are also master classes and exhibitions, which are open to the public. Performances include modern and classical drama, orchestral concerts and solo recitals.

Perhaps the city’s most well known venue is the New Theatre [map] on Park Place, which offers plenty of drama productions, musicals and ballet, as well as being home to the Welsh National Opera. With its burgundy tassels and gilded frames, the New Theatre auditorium has an impressive interior and the recently refurbished bars add to its elegant style. During the winter season especially, people come from all over South Wales to enjoy Cardiff’s traditional Christmas pantomime in these grand surroundings.

With performances such as Trainspotting and Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island, the Sherman Theatre [map] has earned itself a reputation for great contemporary drama and comedy. Comprising of two theatres – the main auditorium and a small arena-style setting where more experimental works are staged – the venue plays host to works by its own youth theatre group as well as those of other local theatre groups.

Opened November 2004, Wales Millennium Centre [map] on the beautifully restored Cardiff Bay complex is set to be one of the world’s leading venues for performing arts. As well as playing host to international opera, ballet, dance and musicals, it will also house seven diverse and exciting organisations, which will help to put Cardiff on the global map of culture.

Another venue worth visiting if you fancy seeing the stars of tomorrow today is the Chapter Arts Centre [map], which brings together the best of the arts and contemporary culture in Wales. The centre hosts regular dance and drama productions, along with exhibitions and workshops. Here, you'll also find two cinemas showing foreign and independent films. In addition you can also grab a bite to eat before the performance starts at the attached Chapter Kitchen café [map], which is great for snacks and a coffee.

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