February highlights at The Torch Theatre

The Torch Theatre have a host of entertainment scheduled this month, with something for everyone, from the latest kids films just in time for Half Term to opera and ballet – not to mention the triumphant return of ‘Grav’ and rugby mania as we screen Wales’ 6 Nations games LIVE on the big screen!

As you will no doubt be aware, we are currently in awards season, and you can catch many of the hot new movies battling it out for Oscars and BAFTAs. Quirky historical drama ‘The Favourite’ (15) continues its run this month, and is up for 10 Oscars and 12 BAFTA awards, with Olivia Colman having already bagged a Golden Globe*.

New releases this month are ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (Fri 8 – Thu 14 Feb), the heartbreaking ‘Beautiful Boy’ (Fri 8 – Thu 15 Feb), multiracial road trip movie ‘Green Book’ (Fri 15 – Thu 28 Feb), Melissa McCarthy up to no good with Richard E Grant in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ (Fri 15 – Thu 21 Feb) and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in American history in ‘Vice’ (Fri 22 – Mon 26 Feb). This rich crop of award hopefuls showcases an array of brilliant performances from class acts at the top of their game that you’ll be talking about afterwards. Also worth a look will be ‘The Front Runner’ (Sun 17 – Wed 20 Feb), a political drama that sees the return of Hugh Jackman, in a very different role to that of ‘The Greatest Showman’!

Escapism and fantasy come in the form of the latest in the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series, ‘The Hidden World’ (Fri 22 Feb – Sun 17 Mar), and everything is awesome in ‘The

Lego Movie 2’ (Fri 22 Feb – Sun 24 Mar) hitting screens during half term, these popular franchises promise to be great fun for kids of all ages; there’s also darker fare for slightly older youths in ‘Alita Battle Agent’ (Fri 22 – Thu 28 Feb), a Manga-styled CGI/live action cyberpunk dystopia.

February is an all-singing, all-dancing month when it comes to live shows here at the Torch Theatre, guaranteed to help you shake off the winter blues…

Artistic Licence Theatre Company is back with Sister Act – The Musical! (Tue 5 – Fri 8 Feb) a divine musical version of the film made famous by Whoopi Goldberg! Expect to see dancing nuns, singing gangsters and a visit from the Pope in this show you do not want to miss! Tickets are selling fast, so book your seats now.

Veteran Welsh entertainer Max Boyce returns to The Torch Theatre on 15 & 16 February, with both dates already sold out! The following week (Thu 21 Feb) sees a new venture from the musical minds behind Talon, with ‘Oh! What A Feeling’ celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores; you’ll be dancing on the ceiling all night long!

Opera can seem like quite a daunting genre to the novice, but Swansea City Opera return to The Torch Theatre with the uproarious comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte! Sung in English, this opera takes a cynical look at love! Great tunes, funny characters, fast moving plot and a free pre-show talk, here on Wednesday 27 February in the main auditorium.

The Torch Theatre’s live broadcasts continue to offer the best in live performances from the world’s greatest stages, with an encore screening of The Royal Ballet’s vibrant production of Don Quixote (Sun 24 Feb).

The 6 Nations is here and the Torch Theatre are screening all of Wales’ games in the championship, LIVE on our HD big screen. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a beer** and a bun and cheer on the boys! Cymru am byth! For more information on dates and times of the games, check out the Torch Theatre website, pick up a brochure or call our Box Office on 01646 695267.

Closer to home, The Torch Theatre brings back to life the story of one of Welsh rugby’s true icons: the late, great Ray Gravell, as our award-winning show ‘Grav’, written by Owen Thomas and starring Gareth J Bale as the rugby legend and cultural icon best known as ‘Grav’.

You can catch ‘Grav’ at the Torch Theatre Tue 12 – Thu 14 Feb as it kicks off its fifth national tour, which concludes in its London debut at the Hope Theatre, Islington, in March. This is a show that the Torch Theatre Company are justly proud of and we hope you’ll join us in this inspiring and heart-warming one man show.

Don’t forget that every week, The Torch Theatre has a Midweek Matinee, where the ticket price is a mere £5.00 – and Meerkat Movie members can enjoy 2-for-1 film tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday for a year at the Torch Theatre?

But of course, the Torch Theatre isn’t just for show. Café Torch is open every day with a delicious day menu, an assortment of hot and cold drinks, and pre-show menus if you want to make an outing of your next trip to the Torch Theatre. Adjacent to the Café is our bespoke gallery, the Joanna Field Gallery, which this month is exhibiting the work of outdoor artists Jenny Shales. Café Torch and the Joanna Field Gallery are on the lower ground floor of the Torch Theatre and both fully accessible.

The Torch Theatre also continue to host ‘My Moves’ and ‘Golden Groovers’ in association with Arts Care Gofal Celf, dance workshops for adults with learning disabilities and over 50s respectively, and our Youth Theatre groups take place weekly during term times.

So, whatever the weather, the Torch Theatre can offer you a warm Pembrokeshire welcome and a diverse range of arts and entertainment to appeal to all audiences, and Café Torch is the perfect venue to get out of the cold and catch up with a friend over a cuppa and a cake or to enjoy a delicious pre-show meal!

For more information on what’s on at the Torch, including dates, times & prices of specific events, you can pick up one of our brochures on site or at various drop-off points around the county, or you can browse and click through them online on any device: https://torchtheatre.co.uk/our-brochures/

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