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In pictures - The Wales Millennium Centre
Site
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Work began in February 2002 after the Welsh assembly gave the go-ahead
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By May 2002, the building's steel skeleton was being erected
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In early 2003, slate quarried from north Wales was put on the external walls
The Donald Gordon Theatre within the Wales Millennium Centre is named after the businessman who donated funds to the project
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The Donald Gordon Theatre within the Wales Millennium Centre is named after the businessman who donated funds to the project
Entrance to centre
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The doors opened for the first time to the public on Friday afternoon
Y Glanfa area - pic courtesy of Capita Percy Thomas
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One side of the concourse will house restaurants, bars and shops
Scaffolding
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Final touches are put to the upstairs gallery
Bar
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The trademark words are reflected in the bar's mirror
Stage work
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Workmen at the side of the Donald Gordon theatre stage
Theatre - pic courtesy of Capita Percy Thomas
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The Donald Gordon Theatre will seat 1,900 audience members
Studio
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Smaller performances will be held in the centre's studio space
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Like it or loathe it, the venue is a centrepiece of Cardiff Bay




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