Don't miss: Gladiator - funny inspiring play, written & directed by Larry Allan, opening at The Coliseum, Aberdare  23 & 24 April

Check out the trailer and book a ticket to see it near you. Gladiator Trailer - by Like an Egg Productions

In 1895, before the Tour De France and before the Modern Olympics, Wales and Aberdare could claim its first cycling world champion when Arthur Linton won the Bordeaux to Paris bike race, 350 miles – the blue riband event of the cycling world.  Within weeks, he and his controversial trainer, Choppy Warburton were embroiled in the sport’s first drugs scandal and within a year Arthur at the age of twenty-four was dead. He was one of the “Terrible Three’, a trio of world class cyclists from the Cynon Valley who took on the world’s best and left behind scandal, myth and memories of the legendary first racing bike – The Gladiator.

Gladiator is a drama that uncovers this amazing story through the eyes of a modern family living in Aberdare. Jimmy and Jenny are twins celebrating their eighteenth birthday in different ways and with different aspirations. Jenny has dreams of the catwalk in Paris but works on the make-up counter in Boots in Ponty. Jimmy thinks he’s a warrior in search of honour and dignity but is afraid to leave the attic and his Gladiator computer games 

All things change when Jimmy’s attic world literally collapses around his head revealing a Pandora’s Box from the past including an ancient bike and an even more ancient stranger in Victorian underwear. Choppy Warburton has returned in search of redemption and soon Jimmy is reliving the legendary bike race from Bordeaux to Paris on the ancient Gladiator, looking for honour and dignity with Choppy as his Svengali like trainer– all within the confines of an Aberdare attic.

April 23–24 The Coliseum, Aberdare. 08000 147 111 

April 25
The Welfare, Ysyradgynlais  01639 843163

April 29­ 30 Chapter, Cardiff 029 2030 4400.

May 1 Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704 088.­dwyfor

May 6 
Newbridge Memo
01495 243252

May 7 
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven 01646 695267

May 8 
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea 01792 602060

May 9 
Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham 01978 841300

May 13
 Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
01873 850805

May 14 
The Grand Pavilion Porthcawl 01656 815995

May 15 
Lyric Theatre Carmarthen 0845 226 3510

May 16 
The Riverfront Newport
01633 656757.

Check out the trailer and book a ticket to see it near you.

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