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Christmas panto, children performing The Nutcracker, Roy Orbison tribute: A few of the shows coming up at the Congress Theatre

This is a round-up of what’s coming up during November and December at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.

Scroll down to see the shows, a quick description and a link to get tickets. Or give the box office a call on 01633 868239.

Gemini School of Dance present An Evening of Dance

Wed 15 to Sat 18 November at 7pm -Adults £13, Concessions £11.
Click here for tickets.

Tiny Toes Ballet Show 2023

Sunday 19 November at 12pm and 4.30pm. Adults £9.50. Concessions £7.
Click here for tickets.

St Georges Trust – The Lantern Project

Wednesday 22 November at 7pm – Contact the Congress Theatre box office on 01633 868239.

The stark warning is made in The Homelessness Monitor:

Great Britain, new research from homelessness charity Crisis led by Heriot-Watt University. The estimate, that on any given night in 2023, 300,000 households could be experiencing the worst forms of homelessness, is up from 227,000 in 2020, an increase of 32%.

The Royal British Legion’s long-held estimate is that somewhere between 3 and 6 per cent of homeless people have an armed forces background. While disabled people represent 22% of the overall population, a recent survey suggests they may represent up to 39% of the homeless population.

According to government data, the number of people qualifying for homelessness support—such as emergency accommodation—in England because of a disability rose by 73% from 2018 to 2022.

It’s time for change!

Steve Gower is piloting a NEW project to not only end homelessness, but to provide a fully sustainable, self-sufficient, solution. It will provide temporary and permanent Eco-friendly EPC rating A fit for the 21st century living accommodation. The temporary accommodation Lantern will provide with on the grid utility supply already exists and has been up and running for six years successfully accommodating homeless individuals in Bristol, the system works.

Children Ballet Wales presents The Nutcracker

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November at 1pm and 4pm
Click here for tickets. £11

Barry Steele presents The Roy Orbison Story at Christmas

Friday 1 December at  November at 7.30pm.

Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers celebrate the music of an era as they define the essence of The Big O, Chris Isaak and The Traveling Wilburys. This is the one show that will have you dancing in the aisles. Top Class ‘Rock n Roll’ with Style!

If you want the real deal the name on the ticket is Barry Steele

Click here for tickets. £27

Annette’s School of Dance – Let’s Celebrate

Thursday 7 December to Saturday 9 December-  7.30pm.
Annette’s School of dance present “Let’s Celebrate”
A celebration of 40 years of Dance
Click here for tickets. £13 adults, £11 concessions.

Lleisiau Torfaen Voices Nine Lessons and Carols

Note- this concert is at St Gabriel’s Church in Old Cwmbran and not the Congress Theatre. But you can buy tickets from the theatre box office.

Sunday 10 December at 6.30pm.

Join Lleisiau Torfaen Voices in a Traditional Celebration of Christmas with Nine Lessons and carols

Click here for tickets. £8.

Dick Whittington meets Puss in Boots 2023

Friday 15 December to Saturday 30 December. Various dates and times.


The tale ofDick Whittington and his Catis well known to children of all ages, as is the story ofPuss In Boots. Both stories have been successfully adapted into pantomimes over the years.

Butthis year, Rainbow Valley Productions are bringing these two legendary heroes together in one spectacular pantomime packed with songs, dancing and comedy….


When Dick Whittington arrives in London from Gloucester to seek his fortune, he is penniless and alone. But his luck changes when he teams up with the swashbuckling Spanish swordsman Puss In Boots, the self-proclaimed “Magnificent Moggie From Malaga” who has arrived in London on a very special mission of his own – which he keeps secret until the closing moments of the show.

Dick and Puss are offered jobs as crewmen on the sailing ship ‘Saucy Sal’ which sets out on a perilous sea voyage to deliver rat poison to the Sultan of Morocco whose palace is over-run with rodents. Unknown to our heroes, their arch-enemy King Rat has sneaked on board ship and when their paths eventually cross at the Sultan’s Palace, a frantic sword fight ensues and the furreally begins to fly!

Along the way, Dick finds time to fall in love with pretty, free-spirited Alice Fitzwarren and have plenty of laughs with his daft pal Billy and that man-eating ‘Miss’…Sarah The Cook.

With two heroes for the price of one, this yearDick Whittington &Puss In Bootspromises to be double the funand double the excitement!

Click here for tickets. Adults £17.50. £13.50 concessions.

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Christmas panto, children performing The Nutcracker, Roy Orbison tribute: A few of the shows coming up at the Congress Theatre

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The Congress Theatre in Cwmbran Credit: Cwmbran Life