For those of us who love a visit to the theatre, and we have a huge selection across South Wales, we’ve found the last 18 months really difficult. Our regular evenings out, along with so much live entertainment, all gone.

As Covid restrictions begin to ease, and we return to a new kind of normality, we now see our favourite venues reopening.

So, we say lights, music, action – at long last the show is to go on. After a year and a half of being closed, the curtain will once again rise on Swansea Grand Theatre’s stage and theatre lovers can return to this much loved venue which has now reopened.

Swansea Grand Theatre auditorium

Following a weekend of Elvis Festival action in Porthcawl recently, the King will once again have audiences ‘All Shook Up’ with the Grand’s first performance, when Ben Portsmouth returns with his award winning tribute to Elvis on 6th October.

Other autumn highlights include In the Night Garden on 13th & 14th October, The Bootleg Beatles on 23rd October, Al Murray’s brand new show, Landlord of Hope and Glory (29th October) and celebrating 25 years of grisly, gruesomeness, The Circus of Horrors returns on 3rd November.

Swansea Grand Theatre has long been synonymous with sensational pantos and this year is no exception. With a stellar line up, including Wales’ very own Olympian, Colin Jackson, local legend, Kev Johns in the role of dame, Britain’s Got Talent finalist, comedian Jon Clegg and Swansea’s Zoe George, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the perfect family friendly, fun packed panto for this Christmas.

It’s Panto time again – oh yes it is….

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism told us…..

“Swansea Grand Theatre is at the heart of Swansea’s culture offering and has been greatly missed by many over the last 18 months. It is brilliant to be back for customers old and new. With the panto returning, this Christmas will be a very special one.

Theatres and other venues are easing back to work all over the country and while the virus has not gone away, Grand Theatre staff are working hard to make sure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable time.”

We went along to the Swansea Grand to see how preparations are going. The building, as always, looks great, but it was so nice to see the smiling faces of staff, eager for the doors to open this week…..

The theatre has implemented Covid-19 measures within current Welsh Government guidelines, including the requirement for face coverings in all public areas, except hospitality, hand sanitisers on every level, contactless payment and enhanced cleaning before, during and after performances. The full list of guidelines is available on the Grand Theatre’s website and customers should read them carefully before attending any performance.

Information can be found at HERE.

Gower Brewery’s Malthouse at the theatre has also reopened and will be launching new menus and drinks offers soon, so keep an eye HERE.

To book tickets for performances and stay up to date with changing Covid guidelines, just head over to the theatre site SWANSEA GRAND.