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Dear Friend Thank you for your continued support of the Wyvern Theatre. Without you, the work of the team of staff and volunteers who run the Wyvern Theatre would be in vain and the theatre would not have thrived for over 41 years. Over the coming months I am delighted to present a wide range of performances from dance (Phoenix Dance Theatre, Russian State Ballet) to plays (The Woman In Black, The 39 Steps), from childrens theatre (Angelina Ballerina, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom) to standup comedy (Julian Clary, Milton Jones). Of course, the centrepiece of our forthcoming season is the annual family pantomime when more than 27,000 people will spend time at the Wyvern to enjoy Aladdin starring Keith Chegwin. We are privileged to be part of people’s Christmas celebrations and are determined to continue the tradition of presenting a fun-packed family show with great songs and special effects. Please do book early as our panto sells out!

Derek Aldridge E-mail Twitter @DerekWyvern “Hello, I’m Claire and I’m the Wyvern Friends Administrator. I’ve worked here at the Wyvern for over two years now and I love being able to stay in contact with our Friends, making sure everyone is up to date with their entitlements and benefits. A lot of our offers are made online now, so to make sure you get the maximum value out of your Membership, don’t

Panto is ‘peking’ around the corner The Wyvern Theatre is thrilled to present the enchanting family adventure Aladdin this Christmas. Cheggers returns to Swindon after his highly-praised performances in last year’s Cinderella. Aladdin is a wish come true – packed with all the traditional Wyvern Theatre panto ingredients of side-splitting comedy, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and a fantastic cast. Aladdin is produced by One From The Heart by arrangement with HQ Theatres, and staged by the same team that presented last year’s critically-acclaimed Swindon pantomime starring Keith Chegwin. Qdos Entertainment, who operate HQ Theatres, will stage 24 pantomimes around the UK this Christmas and its 2012/13 pantomime season is sponsored by Skype. Like pantomime, Skype is a familyoriented organisation and brings people together to share in special moments. This is a magic carpet ride audiences won’t want to miss! Aladdin, starring Keith Chegwin, will run at the Wyvern Theatre from Saturday 8 December 2012 to Sunday 6 January 2013. Book tickets today at uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481. forget to let me have your up-to-date email address. Also, selected shows have special Friends rates on them and you can pick up a free programme for all our weeklong shows as well as our pantomime. And, of course don’t forget all our Friends can enjoy shows at our theatre without having to pay booking fees - and you can book online as well as over the phone, or come and see us in the theatre foyer!” Email me:


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2013 at the Wyvern Theatre promises to be full of great entertainment with shows to suit all ages.

Wed 23 Jan, Wed 13 Mar, Wed 10 Apr 2013

Chris Addison

Milton Jones

Boogie Nights:

Thu 14 Mar 2013

Wed 3 Apr 2013

The 70’s Musical in Concert 15 – 20 Apr

Richard Herring Sun 19 May 2013

Russell Kane Sun 10 Feb 2013

Grand Opera of Belarus Sat 2 – Sun 3 Mar 2013

Summer Youth ProjectOur House Thu 22 – Sun 25 Aug 2013


Jimmy Carr Tue 29 Oct 2013

Tick – Art Exhibition The Wyvern Theatre’s Tick Art exhibition was opened on Monday 2 July by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Nathan Wyburn. The exhibition was a huge success and the Wyvern would like to thank all those who supported it. We think it is very important to work with the local community and this was an excellent way of joining our creative forces with Reach Inclusive Arts and Right Time for Art.

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The Jackie Generation is an incredible live show based around the biggest selling magazine of the day. A six-piece band will take you through classic 70s hits, featuring songs originally performed by Queen, ELO, The Osmonds, David Cassidy, The Carpenters and Abba– relive the 70s! For your chance to enter into our prize draw and win a pair of tickets to see The Jackie Generation just complete the wordsearch. The answer is the one word word listed that cannot be found.

ABBA CARPENTERS CASSIDY ELO MONKEES OSMONDS QUEEN To enter please email answer along with your name, address, e-mail and contact telephone number to or send your entry to Newsletter Competition, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN. Closing date is Thurs 1 November. A prize draw for all entries will be held on Mon 5th November and the winner will be notified by email, telephone or post.

Curtain up on...

Les McKeown

Nyree Kingsbury, Wyvern Theatre Community and Education Officer, caught up with Les McKeown, of Bay City Rollers fame, to find out more about his solo show. Bay City Rollers were the teen idols of the 1970’s (they even called it “Rollermania”) - you were the equivalent of One Direction today. What tips would you give to the One Direction boys for coping with their new found fame? I found that after watching the boys in One Direction on TV recently, on the face of it, they seem to have well placed advisors and family who are able to help the guys adjust to the enormous pressures of being in demand, The BCR’s never had such luxury, looking back on our management and advisors, they were just as green around the ears as we were. It was the era of flares, platform shoes and most importantly tartan! What was the most outrageous outfit you wore? Back in those days I had a physically attractive build, some of my more daring outfits were worn at parties, and I don’t think they were so outrageous

I remember having a scarf and socks with the faces of all the Bay City Rollers band members down the side... I thought I was the height of fashion! Do you still have any memorabilia from those halcyon days? It was the height of fashion back in those days! I still see memorabilia on eBay sometimes but I don’t possess any myself. In Los Angeles, America, they have a Bay City Roller Day (26 April) – how would you/do you celebrate it? I have not been to that one as there are many BCR type events around the world, I have been invited to perform at some, those that I did perform at were fabulously indulgent.

Looking back, is there anything you’d tell your teen self to do differently? I would, probably, don’t worry, stay happy..

Les McKeown will be appearing at the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday 31 October. Book tickets today at or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.

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