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The Counterfeit 60s, stand up comedy, 9-5 The Musical, and The Nutcracker: These shows and lots coming up at the Congress Theatre

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

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


By Benjamin Zephaniah and Richard Conlon 
Monday 16 October at 10.30am and 7pm -£10 Click here for tickets for 10.30am and click here for tickets for 7pm.

Everything is going Martin’s way. The holidays have started, he’s got a gorgeous girlfriend and everyone agrees he’s the coolest dancer around. But when his world is turned upside down by a crash in a stolen car, he has to come to terms with more than his facial injuries…. Benjamin Zephaniah and Richard Conlon deal with issues such as prejudice, drugs and disfigurement in this vibrant, gritty adaptation of Zephaniah’s bestselling novel for young people.

Set text on the current WJEC GCSE Drama syllabus

ABBAMANIA 2023 tour

Tuesday 17 October at 7.30pm -£27.50 Click here for tickets.

Celebrating theYears of ABBA





Funny Girls presents Halloween Show

Thursday 19 October at 7.30pm -£22/ £20 Click here for tickets.

Basil Newby presents the legendary Betty Legs Diamond and the Funny Girls follies in their fabulous Halloween tour. Join Betty and her crypt kicker dancers in her drop-dead gorgeous Halloween show. You’ll howl with laughter and scream with pleasure at this spooky spectacular!

Welsh wrestling 2023

Friday 20 October at 7pm -£14 adults. £10 children Click here for tickets.

Welsh Wresting is back for October 2023 with its evening pack of the best of Wrestling

Fusion Dance Showcase October 2023

Sat 21 and Sun 22 October at 7.30pm -£27.50 Click here for tickets for 21 October show and click here for tickets to 22 October show.

The Counterfeit 60’s 2023 tour

Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm -£20 Click here for tickets.

Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain’s No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history, including: TV programmes, adverts and even clips from the original bands.

The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees – to name but a few – all recreated in this stunning show. The band members have performed their unique tribute shows all over the UK and abroad, and have a wide range of experience in that field.
The members of the band have individually worked with notable sixties’ artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more. Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia


The Rod Stewart Songbook starring Pete McCall 2023 tour

Friday 27 October at 7.30pm -£18/ £17 Click here for tickets.

The Rod Stewart Songbook starring Pete McCall Making a welcome return to The Congress Theatre Tonight, he’s yours, Pete McCall performs The Rod Stewart Songbook along with his own live band at all venues across the UK. The consummate professional whose vocal ability and attention to detail shine through in every way, from the opening number through to the last Rod Stewart song of the set. Pete’s voice is without doubt the closest to the great man’s that there is. 

“The rasp is natural (no shouting here) and the moves are textbook Rod.”
 “A truly wonderful evening, I will be looking out for the next time Rod Stewart (Pete McCall) comes to town. A definite must see for any Rod Stewart fan. Thanks very much for the fantastic show once again! Simon H | Sheffield, South Yorkshire”

Dance Attack Collection present A Hint Of Magic

Saturday 28 October at 5pm -£13/ £10 Click here for tickets.

We are delighted to welcome Dance Attack Collection to the Congress Theatre for their Dance Show

9 to 5 The Musical by Christchurch Music Society

2- 4 November at 7.15pm -£12 Click here for tickets for 2 November / Click here for tickets for 3 November / Click here for tickets for 4 November /

“Following last years sell out production of Calendar Girls,Christchurch Music Societyhave new dates for your diary which are definitely worth ‘tumbling outta’ bed’for.  Join us once again at theCongress Theatre,Cwmbranfor the roaring comedy‘9 to 5 The Musical’from the2ndto 4thNovember 2023.

With plenty of laughter, girl power and inevitable hijinks on the agenda, it’s time to clock in. The musical tells the story of three female workmates who are pushed a step too far by their sexist and egotistical boss. There is only one thing for it. With big dreams and even bigger ideals, our girls set in motion a plan to kidnap the boss and reform the office. It’s time to stand up, team up and get down to business! With the tides turning, could things finally go their way?

With music and lyrics by the Queen of Country Dolly Parton, ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ promises to be a fun night out for Dolly fans and newcomers alike. Get your tickets now!

Special Offer – Buy 9 Tickets Get the 10th Ticket Free. Place 10 tickets in your basket and your discount will be automatically applied

Congress Youth Theatre Fundraiser Night

Mon 6 November at 7.30pm – Click here for tickets.

Live entertainment, bingo and quiz.

The History Of Rock

Friday 10 November at 7.30pm -£23.50/ £22 Click here for tickets.

THE HISTORY OF ROCK is a celebration of ROCK music through the decades. A jaw dropping night transporting you through the golden ages of ROCK! Featuring the music of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, Guns n Roses, AC/DC, Queen and many more.

Rediscover the seeds of ROCK & ROLL in the 1950s, the birth of ROCK in the 60s, right through to the CLASSIC ROCK of the 70s and 80s.

A must see for any fan of ROCK! Experience this iconic music brought back to life by an exceptional live band consisting of some of the finest musicians and performers from around the world, original visual footage of the featured bands and artists, as well as incredible concert staging and lighting.

Relive the greatest Rock songs of all time with THE HISTORY OF ROCK.

Britain’s Got Comedy

Saturday 11 November at 7.30pm -£26. Contact the Congress Theatre box office on 01633 868239.

Join the best comedians from Britain’s Got Talent, as they take to the stage for the ultimate night of stand up.

Get your chuckle muscles pumped with Danny Posthill as he wows the crowds with his incredible impressions. Sing along to side-splitting songs from musical mastermind, Siobhan Phillips. Prepare for full-on belly laughs with Noel James, Ben Langley and Golden Buzzer recipient, Daliso Chaponda.

Having honed their skills as regulars on the comedy circuit, these sensational performers have been catapulted into the limelight and into the homes of millions of people through the nation’s favourite talent show.

Finally, you get the chance to see them live on stage in the same show.

If laughter is the best medicine, then a ticket to Britain’s Got Comedy is your prescription. Pick up yours now at the box office.

Gemini School of Dance present An Evening of Dance

Wed 15 to Sat 18 November at 7pm -£13/11 Click here for tickets for 15 Nov/ Click here for tickets for 16 Nov/ Click here for tickets for 17 Nov/ Click here for tickets for 18 Nov

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 -£23.50/ £22
Click here for tickets for 1pm on 25 Nov/ Click here for tickets for 4pm on 25 Nov/ Click here for tickets for 1pm on 26 Nov/ Click here for tickets for 4pm on 26 Nov.


Wed 29 November at 7pm -£10/ £8/ £5 Click here for tickets.

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The Counterfeit 60s, stand up comedy, 9-5 The Musical, and The Nutcracker: These shows and lots coming up at the Congress Theatre

entrance to the congress theatre in cwmbran
The Congress Theatre in Cwmbran town centre Credit: Cwmbran Life