You will find us right in the heart of Cwmbran Shopping Centre. We are also in the hearts of the community. The Congress Theatre is run by volunteers passionate about what we do.
From musical theatre and tribute acts, to plays, youth performances, and entertainment acts, there is always plenty going on at the Congress Theatre. Check out our website to see what’s on.
You can book online, over the phone, or at the Box Office in Gwent Square.
Take the stage with our theatre and room hire
Whether it’s a small meeting or a full stage musical, we are here to help host your event. We are small enough to care and big enough to cope. We can accommodate your group in a 20 seat meeting room all the way up to 312 people in our auditorium.
We are here to help you host your event, and with excellent free parking, and easy public access, we are as central to town as you can get.
The Congress Theatre generates most of its revenue from theatre hire. It is also supported by grants from Torfaen County Borough Council, Cwmbran Community Council, Cwmbran Shopping, and Croesyceiliog & Llanyravon Community Council.
The Youth Theatre
We also have a thriving Youth Theatre, with an astonishing 120 members, made up of children from 8 years all the way up to young adults of 19. The Youth Theatre is so popular it has a large waiting list.
These young children learn about all aspects of theatre - singing, dancing, and acting - and perform two musicals a year at the Theatre to packed audiences.
We’ve packed a lot of history into 44 years
The Congress Theatre was opened by the Duchess of Kent way back in October 1972. It was originally built as a multipurpose hall and hosted events, celebrity lectures, union meetings, and local tribunals.
In 1974 the entire building was closed, revamped, and modified. With better facilities, to enable a wider range of entertainment, it reopened in 1975 as the Congress Theatre. With a 306 auditorium capacity, dressing rooms, and theatrical lighting, the stage was set for a brighter future.
In 1992 the Congress Theatre was threatened with closure by the local Council and a group of theatre enthusiasts formed a committee to take over the running of the Theatre. In April 1993 the Congress Theatre Co. (which is a registered Charity No. 1132687) was formed and that is how it is today.
If you’ve never been to the Congress Theatre before come and see what you have been missing.
We saw The Searchers on 22nd June.
Staff/volunteers were friendly, helpful and a joy to be around.
The live concert was fab with everyone on their feet at the end. Well worth going to see.
As for the theatre...
We are lucky to have such a successful local theatre with a good variety of shows
A very good theatre venue with friendly and enthusiastic volunteer staff
Popped in to discuss hiring venue for Training, Martyn was very helpful Facilities are Excellent
Through the collaboration of the Congress Theatre with Steve and others theBestof Torfaen's Business Expo was a success. Thank Martin