Sherman Theatre

This article is about the theatre in Cardiff, Wales. For the theatre in Pennsylvania, United States, see Sherman Theater.
Sherman Theatre

The Sherman Theatre is a venue in the Cathays district of Cardiff. It was built as a twin-auditorium venue in 1973 with financial support from Cardiff University.[1] Sherman Cymru was the name of the Sherman Theatre up until 2016 when the name changed back to Sherman Theatre.

The theatre is named after Harry Sherman, the co-founder of Sherman's Football Pools, who financed its construction.[2]

Within the premises are two performance spaces: the main auditorium with 468 seats, and the studio / arena which seats between 143 and 163 in the round. The Sherman Theatre Company and Sgript Cymru merged in April 2007 to form a new company, called Sherman Cymru, based at the Sherman Theatre.[3]

Between 1990 and 2006 the Artistic Director of the Sherman was Phil Clark. Between 1993 and 97 a number of plays were filmed for television by HTV under the series title The Sherman Plays. The current Artistic Director of the theatre is Rachel O'Riordan.

The Sherman won the UK Theatre Award for "Best New Play 2015", for Gary Owen's Iphigenia in Splott.[4] Sophie Melville's performance in this production received The Stage Award for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015.[5] The production transferred to the UK National Theatre's Temporary Theatre in January 2015, making this the first Welsh play to transfer straight to the National Theatre. The Sherman won the Edinburgh Fringe First award and a Herald Angel Award in 2008 for their touring play Deep Cut, which dramatised the real-life deaths of four trainees at Deepcut Army Barracks.[6]

The theatre was originally designed by Alex Gordon and Partners in dark brown brick, and completed in 1973.[7] It was modernised and refurbished in 2010–12 by Jonathan Adams, internally reorganised and with a distinctive new metal-clad facade.[8]


  1. "Sherman Cymru". Theatres Trust. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  2. O'Neill, Dan (19 November 2001). "Generous Sherman brothers should not be forgotten; Time to remember". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  3. "Theatre's £3.9m grant for refit". BBC South East. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  4. "UK Theatre Awards". UK Theatre. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  5. "Final winners announced in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence 2015". The Stage. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  6. "Sherman Cymru Wins Two Prestigious Awards for Deepcut Play". Wales Arts International. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  7. "Sherman Thratre". AJ Buildings Library. Architects' Journal. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. Owens, David (2 February 2012). "New look Sherman Cymru revealed after facelift". WalesOnline. Retrieved 14 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°29′16″N 3°10′36″W / 51.48789°N 3.17658°W / 51.48789; -3.17658

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