Wales Millennium Centre will become the first cultural venue in Wales to give free tickets for some of its top shows - including Mamma Mia! and children’s classic Guess How Much I Love You - to serving members of the Armed Forces as well as veterans.

From Saturday 26 June 2010, Armed Forces Day, the Centre will join the Tickets for Troops scheme. Established in 2009, Tickets for Troops offers free tickets for major cultural, sporting and musical events to the UK’s soldiers, sailors and airmen, and their families.

The announcement comes as Wales prepares to host the UK-wide Armed Forces Day for the first time this Saturday. During the day, people will have the opportunity to show their support for the UK’s servicemen and women as they parade through the streets of Cardiff.

Wales Millennium Centre joins other prominent venues such as the Royal Opera House and the O2 Arena in London in supporting the UK’s troops and their families as part of the free Tickets for Troops scheme. The Cardiff Blues and Cardiff Devil teams have also pledged their support for the free ticket offer.

Wales Millennium Centre will offer free tickets to some of its best upcoming shows, which also include The Snowman, Spamalot, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Swan Lake on Ice

Wales Millennium Centre’s Artistic Director Fiona Allan said: The Centre wanted to become part of the Tickets for Troops scheme because it’s a great way to support the UK’s troops and their families. Many of our servicemen and women are away from their loved ones for long periods of time. I hope that this will go some way in bringing families together and experience the best of arts and culture that the Centre has to offer.

Jonathan Mervis, Director, Tickets For Troops said: We are very pleased that Wales Millennium Centre will be supporting the Armed Forces in this way. Tickets for Troops is beginning to make a real difference to the lives of so many courageous serving men and women and their families. I know all our troops will enjoy hugely their visits to the productions at the Centre.

Servicemen and women who want to apply for Tickets for Troops should contact www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk