Swansea Grand Theatre has a vast and varied diary of events to suit every taste, from big West End productions to amateur shows. Situated right in the heartland of Swansea it stands out like a beacon. Its intimate atmosphere creates a magical experience time and time again.
The theatre stages plays, pantomimes and touring theatrical acts visiting Swansea. The Grand Theatre is the base for the UK’s only Russian ballet company, the Swansea Ballet Russe.
The theatre opened in 1897. It was designed for proprietors Morell and Mouillot by architect William Hope, built by D. Jenkins and opened by Madame Adelina Patti – a locally resident operatic diva.
The Swansea Corporation leased the building in May 1969 and bought it outright in 1979. The theatre was then refurbished and updated between 1983 and 1987 at a cost of £6.5m. A further £1m was spent on an Arts Wing which opened in 1999.
The Grand Theatre has a 1,000-seat auditorium and variety of smaller studios and rooms. The Arts Wing is the most recent development at the theatre, a space to host exhibitions, conferences and smaller-scale music and drama performances including lunchtime theatre on the last Saturday of each month and a regular comedy club featuring acts on the comedy circuit.
Footlights Cafe at the Grand is open from 11.00am to 3.30pm on performance days (closed on Mondays), and Footlights restaurant is open from 5.00 pm on performance days until 11.00pm and has full access for wheelchair users.
Opening times – Monday to Saturday: 9.30am – 8.00pm (9.30am – 6.00pm on non performance days) Sunday: Open for one hour before performances.