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About CTS

About CTS

Established by Welsh National Opera in 1984 at our 30,000 sq ft workshop based in Cardiff’s vibrant city centre, CTS has gained an international reputation for building scenery with the highest quality production values at competitive prices.

CTS has a passion and proven ability to create truly outstanding scenery; and a client list including many of the UK’s leading theatre, opera, musical, dance and performing arts companies, visitor attractions and exhibitions.

From grand scale theatrical productions through to exhibitions and theming, CTS offers a first class service working with designers and production managers to create scenery for award winning productions.

We offer a huge range of skills and traditional service values to production companies in for live performance work in opera, musical theatre, plays through to sets for film and TV and installation projects such as MMTP!

We have a highly skilled and qualified workforce with numerous years of experience, and can call upon a vast number of talented freelance and contract craftsmen and women to assist with our creations.

At CTS we relish a creative challenge and have the expertise and knowhow to problem solve and turn your project dreams into production reality.

Do you have a forthcoming project that you would like CTS to cost or advise on? please contact us.

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Client testimonials


This was such a great collaboration from start to finish. The development, construction, painting, and build was hugely successful and a credit to all at CTS. The set went together exactly as planned during our fit-up and the feedback from all concerned was universally positive. On the first day of rehearsals the designer and director were so thrilled that they lead a round of applause in appreciation of the fantastic set. Thank you to the entire team at CTS for a fantastic job well done!

Andrew Jameson - Production Manager, Glyndebourne

I’ve loved collaborating with CTS; the team are always so supportive in the design process. Their creativity across departments is wonderful, and I can rely on them to create work to the highest standard, with exceptional attention to detail.

Elin Steele - Elin Steele Design

Salome was the first set we approached CTS about building. Designed by Leslie Travers, the scale and the engineering requirements went beyond anything else we had previously built. CTS provided expert advice and made the process very straightforward for us. Working to our budget and timeline the set was constructed and finished to a very high standard. Leejay and the whole CTS team were a pleasure to work with and we’ll definitely be retuning to Cardiff for future projects.

Gavin O'Sullivan - Irish National Opera

Thank you to you and your team for your exquisite work on the set for The Audience. It was so beautifully painted. Perfect.

Bob Crowley - The Audience

I’d like to thank the whole team at CTS for the epic work on 'Company'. Their patience, skill, attention to detail and care delivering this show was awesome.

Bunny Christie - Set & Costume Designer

My heartfelt thanks to the entire team at CTS on a challenging project. It was an utter pleasure to work with you all. You are all splendid.

Tom Harrison - Production Manager - Glyndebourne Festive Opera

CTS are as good at customer service and exceeding expectations as they are at building and delivering high quality scenery.

Luke Child - Production Manager - Leicester Curve
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Our Departments

At Cardiff Theatrical Services, our scenic construction team offer a comprehensive building experience taking a project, large or small, from initial sketches and plans through to a beautifully realised product.

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Our Artwork

The CTS scenic art department is a highly trained team of experienced and skilled scenic artists, capable of a wide range of artistic disciplines and techniques.

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Our Work

Naturally, we’re extremely proud of the work we produce, from the smallest project to the largest, each deserves the same attention to detail.