What's on at The Met

With a busy schedule of exciting and varied performances for the whole family, The Met is a cultural hub and social focal point for the community of Abertillery and the wider region. Dramas, musical theatre shows, rock and pop music and children’s theatrical performances make up just part of our busy schedule of events. The fully licensed Bar is open an hour prior to performances, for you to enjoy a relaxing drink before your show. 

Amazing events at The Met…

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio

  • 27th - 28th February 2019
  • 13:30
  • £6.50

Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much-loved classic, Pinocchio!

Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached!

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Other exciting events coming soon…

The Counterfeit Stones - Street Fighting Sham

  • 2nd March 2019
  • 20:00
  • £20 advance & £22.50 on the door

The Counterfeit Stones

Street Fighting Sham

(The Great British Take Off)

Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones - described as Rolling Stones' hooky masterpiece.

Their latest fast shuffle, STREET FIGHTING SHAM promises yet another night of pure, unadulterated Copy-Rock. 

Now in their 27th year, these prank-stars continue to deliver the best "mock 'n' roll" show on the circuit. Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of "Spinal Tap" humour, it's Satis-fiction guaranteed.

So "Come On" all you Honky Tonks and Get Yer Doo Dahs Out!


Doors open at 7.30pm and The Met Bar open at 6.30pm.

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An Evening With The Cory Band

  • 7th March 2019
  • 19:30
  • £14 Full / £12 Concession / £8 Under 16's

The Cory Band made history in 2016 by winning an elusive Grand Slam and becoming the first band in history to be Quadruple Champions – simultaneously holding the National, Open, European and Brass in Concert titles. This cemented a remarkable ten consecutive years at the top of the World Rankings. However, the band has a long and illustrious history. Formed in 1884, it originally bore the name 'Ton Temperance'. In 1895 Sir Clifford Cory, the local colliery owner, heard the band and offered to provide financial assistance, resulting in the band's change of name to Cory.

In 1980 the band became European Champion and in 1984, its centenary year, it won the third in a hat-trick of National titles at the Royal Albert Hall, London, conducted by the charismatic Major Arthur Kenney. In 2000 the band achieved an historic double by winning both the Nationals and, for the first time in its history, the British Open, conducted by Dr. Robert Childs. In 2008-10 the band achieved a hat-trick of European Brass Band Champion titles.

Since 2012 the band has been conducted by Philip Harper, winning another two European titles (2013, 2016), three Nationals (2013, 2015 and 2016) four Brass in Concert titles (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and two British Open (2016,2018). In 2014 it became the inaugural winner of TV Channel S4C's Band Cymru programme and repeated this achievement in 2018. It toured Australia in 2013, and the USA in February 2016, 40 years after its last visit.

The Cory Band has also developed musically outside of the contest field. In 2001, together with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales it was appointed as resident ensemble to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in the same year appointed Dr John Pickard as its 'Composer in Residence'. John Pickard's tenure with the band ended in July 2005 when the band made history giving the première performance of his Gaia Symphony at the prestigious Cheltenham International Festival. The Symphony was broadcast live on Radio 3, and lasting over an hour in duration, is currently the largest scale original work in the repertory.

The band is dedicated to new music, raising the profile of the brass band genre and keeping music alive in Wales. It has an active commissioning policy and has performed works by many of Britain's leading composers; John McCabe, Judith Bingham, Elgar Howarth, Edward Gregson, Alun Hoddinott, Karl Jenkins, Gareth Wood, David Bedford, to name but a few. The band's current 'Composer in Residence' is Christopher Bond.

The Cory Band is recognised as one the Principality's finest and most innovative music ensembles. Its numerous CD recordings and live concert performances have received worldwide acclaim.

Doors open at 7.00pm and The Met Bar opens at 6.30pm

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An Evening With Sean Holley & Jonathan Davies

  • 21st March 2019
  • 19:00
  • £50.00

Join us at Bedwellty House & Park, Tredegar for an evening with Sean Holley & Jonathan Davies as they share stories of life on and off the field.

Start Time:7.00pm

Tickets: £50 which includes a red carpet arrival, a glass of fizz and a three course meal.

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Waterloo Live

  • 29th March 2019
  • 19:30
  • £15

The UK’s leading and most authentic ABBA show is packed with classic hits including Dancing Queen, Fernando, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia and many more.

Dig out those platforms and flares and prepare to sing along to some of the greatest songs ever written.

Doors open at 7pm & The Met Bar open at 6.30pm.

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Buttons Undone

  • 5th - 6th April 2019
  • 19:30
  • £18.50

"Button Undone" is a big bawdy barrel of laughs and although aimed at Over 18's, it doesn't contain any crude four-letter words, as the humour is unshamely in the Great Britain "Carry On" tradition of rib-tickling double entendres and innuendo. So if you're broad-minded and fancy a fun night out that turns traditional pantomine upside down to reveal its frilly bloomers hiding underneath, this is definately a show you won't want to miss.

And you know you're in a safe pair of hands when the frantic frolics and saucy shenanigans happening on stage are held together by Wales undisputed King of Comedy Owen Money as Buttons.

Doors open from 7.00pm and The Met Bar from 6.30pm.

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Melvin Hancox Band

  • 12th April 2019
  • 20:00
  • £5.00

The former guitarist with Vincent Flatts Final Drive has now formed his own band.

One of the stars of this year's Abertillery Rock and Blues Festival is returning to The Met on 12th April 2019, along with Ray Richman on drums and Tom Harper on bass guitar.

A fabulous night of Blues music is guaranteed for all.

Doors Open 7.30pm and The Met Bar opens 7.00pm

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The Magic Of Wonderland

  • 17th April 2019
  • 13:30
  • £7.00

Join Alice and her friends on a magical, mad-cap adventure in Wonderland! 
In our exciting adaptation of this classic tale, you are invited to a celebration of teapots and tarts, croquet and caterpillars, riddles and rhymes, as Alice discovers the spectacular wonders of a place like no other. 
Packed full of magic, illusions, comedy, puppets and songs, this is a date you won’t want to be late for..!

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AYDMS Juniors - Legally Blonde

  • 24th - 28th April 2019
  • 19:00
  • £8 & £7 Concession

Following the sell-out success of Cats; AYDMS are back with the fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde! It follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. This musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway's brightest new heroine (and of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser).

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

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Theatre Adhoc - One O'Clock From The House

  • 8th May 2019
  • 19:30
  • £9.00

Theatre Adhoc (Blackadder Goes Forth & The Vicar of Dibley) return to the Met with one of Frank Vickery's comedy classics.

This scorching comedy of personalities and situations revolves around the funeral of an elderly father. The family includes a cook who bakes almondless almond cakes, a man who is convinced his shopping trolley is a dog he has already taught to beg and a sister who is a happy inmate at a psychiatric home!

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Real Magic

  • 10th May 2019
  • 19:30
  • £15.50

Real Magic are the UK's premier tribute to the amazing Queen. Fronted by Josh Henderson, they bring the sights and sounds of Queen to life with a full band… Magic!


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The Sharpeez supported by Glas

  • 17th May 2019
  • 19:30
  • £10.00

Kicking off the Abertillery Blues festival Weekend is The Sharpeez supported by Glas

The Sharpeez - the very best of British Rhythm and Blues. Their crossover blues with a rock influence pushes the boundaries through strong songs, great hooks and some scintillating playing.

The cool juxaposition between the subtle and the frenetic and the transitions from quiet to loud is at the core of the unique Sharpeez style that is distinctive in the generic blues/rock field.

Start: 7:30pm

Doors Open: 7:00pm

The Met Bar open from 6:30pm

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Abertillery Rock & Blues Weekend

  • 18th - 18th May 2019
  • 15:00
  • £15.00

Abertillery Rock & Blues Weekend featuring:

3pm Dawson Smith & The Disscenters

5pm Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band

7pm The Cadillac Kings

9pm Full House (play Frankie Miller)

Start: 3:00pm

Doors Open: 2:30pm

The Met Bar open from 2:00pm

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