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May – August 2011

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WELCOME We pride ourselves on staging a wide range of shows and events – from West End hits to local Swindon performers, from the best stand-up comedians to fabulous theatre for children, from family favourites to brand new productions. As well as the performances on stage we also have a series of great events in the Balcony restaurant – promising fun nights out for you and your friends.

Nick Thomas

We are delighted to be continuing to support Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Theatres for Theatres appeal which aims to fund two new state-of-the-art operating theatres. Wyvern Theatre audiences have helped HQ Theatres, together with its sister company Qdos Pantomimes raise over £70,000 in just a few months. Thank you! I hope that when you see a collecting bucket or tin with the Great Ormond Street Hospital logo on it around the Theatre, you will give what you can. Your generosity is appreciated. The Wyvern Theatre Director, Derek Aldridge, and his team are always on hand to ensure that your theatre-going experience fulfils all of your expectations. Enjoy your Spring and Summer! Nick Thomas Chairman; HQ Theatres/Qdos Entertainment

Derek Aldridge ©2007 Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (Theatres for Theatres ©2008) Registered charity no. 235825

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THE PERFEC T NIGHT FOR… …YOU AND YOUR GROUP

Grab 10 or more of your friends together and make the most of the new group benefits listed throughout the Brochure. Look for the star logo on shows and receive these great discounts:

Groups 10 – 19

Groups 20 – 39

Groups 40+

£2.00 off each ticket

£2.50 off each ticket and the group organiser goes free

£3.00 off each ticket and the group organiser goes free

To find out more look online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk or contact the ticket office on 01793 524481

Some of our favourite online comments that you have posted:

“Just got back from tonight’s performance of Annie and loved it. Great show and cast and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. One massive thank you to everyone connected with the show” Scott Walker

“@derekwyvern. Peter Pan was a brilliant show, fast paced with lots of participation. We loved it. Thank you!” @SheryllDatta

"Brilliant show by Milton Jones at the @wyverntheatre this evening. Great way to spend a Sunday evening! :)" @m4rko

“Great night at Panto last night, one of best we've seen at Wyvern. Paul Nicholas was top man, a brilliant Captain Hook, whole cast was great, but Smee and Tinkerbell were hilarious. Well done Wyvern for a great Panto” Andy Titcombe

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Tue 1 March | 8pm

Thu 3 March, Sat 23 April, Sat 18 June | 8pm

Sun 13 March | 7.30pm

Jenny Eclair

Pub Quiz

Circus of Horrors

Do you have what it takes to beat your friends, family or colleagues and become the ultimate quiz master? Entry includes a meat or vegetarian curry, drinks offers throughout the evening, the quiz and some top notch prizes!

Following the success of last year’s show, this spectacle has had a revamp and is even more rocking and shocking. The story will take the audience on a journey through the Circus of Horror incarnations.

Old Dog, New Tricks

Having amused the nation in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! jungle and fearlessly taken on bush tucker trials, the time has come for Jenny to get back on the road and do what she does best. Nearly a whole dress size smaller, the Perrier Award winner and selfappointed Grumpy Head Girl Jenny Eclair has extended her critically acclaimed tour Old Dog, New Tricks by 50 dates in 2011. Jenny is fifty years old which in dog years would qualify for The Guinness Book of Records, having recently been de-wormed and with her teeth newly bleached, she’ll be prancing around the Wyvern stage, basically doing her comedy tricks for a ‘nice biscuit and maybe a glass of Chardonnay’. Tickets £19.50

Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

The Four Chapters From Hell

Tickets £5.00 each

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The show contains some of the most bizarre and beautiful circus acts from flying trapeze, whirlwind roller skaters and sword swallowers. Tickets £17.50

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Sat 19 March, Thu 7 April Fri 12 May, Fri 24 June | 8pm

Kools Comedy Club Join us for the first season of the new Kools Comedy Club (from March through to June), showcasing some of the UK’s finest up and coming comedic talent. Each night we’ll have three top draw comedians complemented by drink offers and food to pre-order for the interval.

Fri 18–Sun 20 March Fri 1.30pm, Sat & Sun 10.30am & 1.30pm

Tickets £10.00

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London Festival Opera presents

The Gruffalo’s Child After last year’s hugely successful visit by The Gruffalo, Tall Stories Theatre Company return with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s sequel. One wild and windy night The Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist, does he? Running time 55 minutes. Suitable for ages 3+

‘Lovingly and simply brought to the stage’ Evening Standard Tickets £10.50 Concessions £9.00 Schools £9.00 – Teachers go free

Sun 27 March | 7.30pm

A Night at the Opera

Sat 19 March | 8pm

Cocktail Masterclass Ever wanted to try your hand as a mixologist – knowing how to shake, ice and slice the perfect cocktail? Look no further, our experts will show you how to make three drinks and then let you come up with a cocktail of your own. Additional drinks can be made for only £2.00 each

London Festival Opera presents an evening of great music, superb singing, drama and humour for opera connoisseurs and newcomers alike – ideal entertainment for the whole family! The show will feature music from Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute in costume, plus celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Gilbert and Sullivan and many more. Tickets £18.00 Under 26s £9.00

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Tickets £35.00

Child friendly menu available. Pre booking essential. Look online for more details.

See the website for more shows in March and April www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

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MARCH

APRIL Sun 3 April | from 11am

Mothering Sunday Meal Tue 29 March | 7.30pm

Busting Out

Treat your nearest and dearest to a delicious lunch at The Balcony, before going on a tour of the Wyvern Theatre. The perfect treat for anyone and especially those that love the theatre. 2-course lunch £15.50 3-course lunch £20.50

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Tue 5–Sat 9 April

Horrible Histories The Awful Egyptians & The Ruthless Romans

Don't miss the sell-out show, now in the UK for the very first time, that has women cheering on their feet and men gasping with amazement. Join sassy songstress Emma Powell and charismatic comedian Bev Killick and see why over a quarter of a million people Down Under were blown away with their originality, audacity and truly jaw aching (and on occasion, knicker-wetting) humour. Join our bosom buddies for an evening that’s part musical, part stand up, part theatre and part cabaret, and you’ll be busting to tell your friends about the feelgood show of the year!

Sat 16 April | 7.30pm

You are cordially invited to join us for an interactive feast with a difference. Have a wickedly murderous evening and guess who dunnit while enjoying a great evening’s entertainment and the delicious cuisine our chefs have to offer. Tickets £38.00

Strictly adults only. Tickets £17.50

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It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows – The Awful Egyptians and The Ruthless Romans – are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. Awful Egyptians Tues 7pm, Wed 10.30am, Thu 1.30pm, Fri 10.30am, Sat 7pm Ruthless Romans Wed 1.30pm, Thu 10.30am, Fri 7pm, Sat 2.30pm Tickets £16.50 Concessions Children £9.50, Over 60s £12.50 Family ticket £48.00 (2 adults, 2 children) Schools £9.00 per ticket (teachers go free) Special offer Buy both shows – get an extra £2.00 off per ticket

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Sun 17 April | 8pm

Dan Clark

Best known as lovable rogue Don Danbury in the BBC3 sitcom How Not to Live Your Life and Johnny Two Hats in The Mighty Boosh – Dan Clark now takes his unique brand of comedy on the road. The show combines his brilliant observational stand-up routines with the occasional hysterical song.

‘Irresistible’ Evening Standard Tickets £16.00 Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

EASTER TREAT Tue 19–Thu 21 April | Tue–Thu 7.30pm, Thu 2pm

G*Mania Ten of the biggest stars from The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, Pop Stars – The Rivals, Grease Is The Word and Last Choir Standing have been brought together to create reality TV’s ultimate pop group for a spectacular concert of songs from the smash TV hit phenomenon GLEE. G*Mania is a high-octane, high-on-life production that showcases brilliant arrangements and jaw-dropping choreography to bring incredible music from all eras back to life, including Don’t Stop Believin’, Gold Digger, and, of course, mash-ups inspired by the hit TV show. Tickets £16.50–£20.50 Under 26 £18.50 on top price tickets Family ticket £74.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

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DIRECTOR David Grindley DESIGNER Jonathan Fensom LIGHTING DESIGNER Jason Taylor SOUND DESIGNER Gregory Clarke

Tue 26–Sat 30 April | Tue–Sat 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat 2pm

R.C.Sheriff’s

Journey’s End In the days leading up to the last great German offensive of the First World War, Raleigh, an 18-year-old soldier joins a besieged company of soldiers in the British trenches at St Quentin. There he finds his new comrades being led by his old school friend Stanhope, but discovers that the man in army greens is much changed from the boy he left behind in cricketing whites. Journey’s End is the Olivier-nominated, Tony and Drama Desk awardwinning production directed by David Grindley (Six Degrees of Separation, Crown Matrimonial, The Philanthropist) that won critical acclaim in the West End and on Broadway. R.C.Sheriff’s masterpiece is a must-see of British theatre.

Tickets £17.00 to £23.00 Concessions £2.00 off Tue Eve Friends £2.50 off Tue Eve Stars £3.00 off Tue Eve Schools £13.50 per ticket

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‘David Grindley’s superb production – arouses emotions that go too deep for words’ Daily Telegraph

Based on the author’s own experience of the Front and life in the trenches, it celebrates humour and courage in the face of certain tragedy, and remains an important reminder of the horrors of war and the real, unromanticised heroes who fought it. As our young men continue to fight and die for their country in foreign fields, this tale of ordinary men facing extraordinary circumstances exposes the impact of war past and present and why in remembrance their sacrifices cannot be forgotten. Audio described performance: Tue 28 April at 2pm


Tue 3–Sat 7 May | 7.30pm & Sat Mat 2.30pm

Stand Up And Be Counted! A side-splitting, hard-hitting look at the world of stand-up comedy. Bigoted comic Eddie Pierce faces his critics and peers in a concert that no-one could imagine, with an outcome that no one could predict.

Tickets £18.00–£28.50 Concessions £2.00 off Stars £3.00 off on Tues eve Friends £2.50 off on Tues eve Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

Old school Eddie (Jim Davidson) faces up to the cream of new comedians including Earl T. Richards (Matt Blaize) who is politically correct, brilliant...and black! Stand Up And Be Counted! gives us a ringside seat as gay icon Billy Simpson (Lloyd Hollett) and TV’s newest talent Ellie Jayne (Rachael Barrington) share a dressing room with Britain’s most controversial comedian Eddie Pierce. 9


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Thu 5 May | 2pm

Sun 8 May | 8pm

Mon 9 May | 7.30pm

We’ll Meet Again Dylan Moran

Swindon Literature Festival presents

Matinees as they should be…

Harry Hill – Livin the Dreem!

Audiences can relive the spirit of the 1940s in a wonderful afternoon performance of ‘Hits from the Blitz’, with lots of sing-a-long tunes that will bring back warm memories.

Dylan Moran star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fat Boy Run is about to spread a little happiness with a brand new tour for 2011.

The celebration show pays tribute to the legendary stars of the war years, Vera Lynn, Donald Peers, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Bing Crosby, and famous comedians, Max Miller and Tessie O’Shea.

Ageing, religion, kids, relationships intertwine with the general absurdities of life. Searing observations and sumptuous imagery, painted across a large fraying canvas with cruel, curmudgeonly ‘Moranesque’ brush strokes and all delivered with Dylan’s renowned, shambolic charm… It’s simply unmissable.

Tickets £12.50 Concessions £11.50 Tea and Cake £2.00

One of the nation’s favourite comedians, and host of TV Burp, introduces his hilarious and unique spoof memoir. His frank, frolicsome, and controversial diary details one hectic year in the eye of the showbiz storm. Follow the near fatal goings-on during filming of Britain's Most Dangerous Roads, tales of his dog’s on-going battle with the bottle, and Harry’s attempts to become a judge on X Factor. Tickets £10.00 Concessions £9.00

Tickets £23.00 Concessions £3.00 off Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

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Tue 10 May | 8pm

Wed 11 May | 7.30pm

Thu 12 May | 8pm

Stephen K Amos

Seth Lakeman

Russell Kane Smokescreens and Castles

Fresh from a busy year filming his own BBC2 comedy series, The Stephen K Amos Show, Stephen is back in Swindon with more melt-inthe-middle, heartfelt humour to warm the very cockles of your heart. Laughter really is the best medicine and the Doctor will see you now!

‘Amos is dynamite’ The Guardian Tickets £18.50 £2.00 booking fee per ticket

Seth’s live show, as with everything else he does, takes the established folk orthodoxy and turns it on its head. The spirit of the rock band meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of the folk tale in a blur of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth’s unmistakable vocals riding the wave. This is one of his rare and intimate seated gigs with no support.

‘The musical equivalent of the bodice-ripping blockbuster’ The Guardian

Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

Tickets £19.00 if booked before the day. £22.00 on the day

Hot on the heels of his 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award win, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now! presenter Russell Kane is to bring his sell-out Fringe smash Smokescreens & Castles to the Wyvern Theatre for the first time. Smokescreens & Castles is inspired by Russell’s childhood home; the only council house in his street which had been privately bought – by his Dad. One room at a time, Russell whisks us through The Castle, blowing away the smoke of history in a whirlwind of high-energy contortions and pant-spraying hilarious routines. Tickets £15.00 Concessions £13.00 Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

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“A SUPERB PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT. I WAS THRILLED”

BILL KENW SPECIAL ARRAN THE REALLY USEFU

Daily Mirror

Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Keith Jack, the hugely popular runner-up who finished just a hair’s breadth behind winner Lee Mead in hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and One More Angel.

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WEBBER Lyrics by TIM RICE

“A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. KEITH JACK IS EXCELLENT” The Herald

Tue 24–Sun 29 May Tue–Sat 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm Tickets Tue–Thu Eves £27.00 Wed & Thu Mats £25.00 Fri, Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm £28.00 Concessions £2.00 off on Tue Eve, midweek Mats Stars £3.00 on Tue Eve Friends £2.50 off Tue Eve

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Sun 15 May | 1pm

Jazz Lunch Experience some of Swindon’s best upcoming jazz musicians accompanied with an indulgent 2-course meal and a glass of cava on arrival. Simply wonderful! Tickets £22.00

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Sat 14–Sun 15 May | 7.30pm

Thu 19–Sat 21 May Thu–Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm

Kentwood Showcase

Stage Struck

After the great success of the sell-out Christmas Cracker, Kentwood returns to the Wyvern with its Annual Showcase.

One of Swindon’s most popular music and comedy groups returns to the Wyvern for their all-new 2011 variety show.

Paul Maguire and his fabulous Little Big Band will accompany this very dynamic and different choral sound. Music to suit all tastes will guarantee an evening to remember.

Once described as ‘Swindon’s best kept secret’, Stage Struck shows are a funtastic mix of song, dance and comedy, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Tickets £12.50

This year’s spectacular includes songs from Sister Act, Mary Poppins, Half A Sixpence, Glee, Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies and many, many more. In addition there are hilarious comedy sketches galore with Swindon favourites Ken Jell and Geoff Marsh. Tickets £12.00 Concessions £10.00

Tickets 01793 524 481

Book Online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk


Buy your Friends Membership at a reduced rate before the price increases in April Become a Friend of the Wyvern Theatre and get more for your money! You can join today by contacting the ticket office on 01793 524481 and receive the following benefits: • No booking charges – no fees will be charged when booking on the phone or in person • Regular newsletters – be the first to hear about competitions, show news, staff news, and much H more here at the Wyvern H HH H H • Free show programme for week long shows – • Exclusive discounts throughout the Brochure – H HH H available on selected shows

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Membership is £19.50 for an individual membership (two people) and £22.50 for a family of four.

Make the most of the our offers and come on board, call

01793 524481 for more information


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HALF TERM TREAT Tue 31 May | 2.30pm

Wed 1 June | 7.30pm

Thu 2 June | 7.30pm

High School Rocks

TJ Higgs

Jackson – Live in Concert

A high-energy, foot-stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Hannah Montana , Camp Rock and Glee!

TJ Higgs is one of the most celebrated Psychic Mediums who will return to the Wyvern Theatre in her solo tour.

Amir Sharma’s portrayal of Michael Jackson in his prime has to be the most vocally and visually accurate tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres.

Join the superb cast for a rollercoaster ride of fun, as they invite you to the ultimate party to celebrate all of these awesome teen sensations in one fantastic concert. Don’t forget your dancing shoes and be prepared to rock out as HIGH SCHOOL ROCKS! Wildcats – Get ready to PARTY! Tickets £13.50

Taking a break from her UK tour with Colin Fry, TJ Higgs will deliver a show that will deliver messages of love and comfort. In 2009 TJ Higgs and Colin Fry demonstrated their unique talent at communicating to 250,000 people from the afterlife.

‘She’s amazing, TJ Higgs has a direct line to the afterlife’ Colin Fry Evenings of Mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for education and entertainment purposed only.

Amir is joined on stage by a cast of musicians, singers and dancers who work their way through all the hits. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and above all, the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat it and Billie Jean are truly sensational. Pure MJ. Tickets £18.00 Concessions £17.00

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Tickets £18.50 Concessions £16.50

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Fri 3 June | 7.30pm

Wed 8 June | 8pm

Thu 9 June | 7.30pm

One Night Of Queen

Paul Chowdhry

The Drifters

Since winning the Grand Final of Stars In Their Eyes 10 years ago, as the legendary Freddie Mercury, Gary Mullen has toured with One Night of Queen enthralling fans around the world!

After a fantastic gig at the Indigo O2 and a great Edinburgh Festival run Paul will be taking his show out on the road.

With fantastic lighting, staging and sound, this show sells out theatres and concert halls around the world. Gary continues to win thousands of Queen fans and is building his own loyal fan base worldwide! You will enjoy all of the supergroup’s rock anthems performed live by this extraordinary singer.

Unscripted improvisation is his trademark, share Paul’s acute observations on subjects such as how the word ‘irony’ replaced the word ‘offensive’ and became the PC way of behaving distastefully. And why don’t friends like it when he orders from a Chinese restaurant in the same accent as the waiter?

‘Brutally honest, internationally acclaimed’ Time Out

Tickets £19.50

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‘Star in the Making’ Daily Telegraph Tickets £16.00

The Drifters have sold over 214 million singles and 114 million albums across the world. The line up of The Drifters has undergone many changes with more than 60 different singers, including icons such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore. Some of the group’s biggest hits include classics such as Saturday Night at the Movies, There Goes My First Love, Under The Boardwalk, You’re More Than A Number in My Little Red Book, On Broadway, Kissing In The Back Row and many more. This dynamic non-stop show combines classic songs, top flight choreography and world class musicians with some of the group’s newer material from recent releases. Tickets £25.00

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Fri 10 June | 8pm

Speed Dating

Fri 10 June | 8pm

Sat 11 June | 7.30pm

Mark Watson

Jim Davidson

The multi-award winning comedian and host of BBC's We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and a Mock The Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, Mark Watson finally returns to the road in the UK, with his most personal, most surprising, and funniest show yet. Total sell-out seasons at the Montreal, Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh Festivals.

Outrageous, controversial, politically incorrect and shockingly funny. The king of comedy does it his way in this roller-coaster ride through the world according to Jim.

'A classic observational humorist, a stand-up superstar'

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Find your Valentine... Meet eligible singles in your area! Join us for the Wyvern Theatre’s first speed dating evening. Enjoy a glass of wine, a few indulgent nibbles and your chance to meet your perfect match! Strictly over 18s Tickets £15.00

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Hold on to your seats, this is a stand-up comedy show that is simply not to be missed. Strictly adults only 18+ Tickets £21.00 Menu available online

Time Out New York

'By the end, the audience is in danger of collapsing with laughter' Evening Standard Tickets £17.50 Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

Tickets 01793 524 481

Book Online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk


Sun 12 June | 7.30pm

Wed 15 June | 7.30pm

Thu 16 June | 7.30pm

Glenn Miller Orchestra

That’ll Be The Day

Tony Christie

Featuring star musicians who have worked with the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Frank Sinatra and performing the original arrangements of classic wartime chart toppers including: In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol and a tribute to the big bands complementing all the old Glenn Miller favourites.

The legendary That’ll Be The Day, the UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production, returns with their 25th Anniversary show.

Tony Christie has had Top 20 hits all around the world with Las Vegas, I Did What I Did For Maria, Avenues And Alleyways, Walk Like A Panther, Every Word She Said and Is This the Way to Amarillo.

Audiences of all ages have been thrilled by the sound of this amazing Big Band. This show is the complete package.

Trevor, Gary and the gang are back with the show’s ‘greatest hits’ featuring the most popular feel-good comedy routines and favourite hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s which have been performed in the show over the last 25 years. We guarantee you’ll be on your feet and dancing before the night is over. 25 years and still rocking!

This UK tour celebrates his 50th anniversary in music and the release of his new album, Now’s The Time! sees Tony Christie going back to his soulful, musical roots. Tickets £21.00

‘Non-Stop Nostalgia!’ Tickets £17.00–£19.00 Concessions £1.50 off

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Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr Adapted for the stage with songs and lyrics by David Wood ‘a modern classic’ The Independent

Fri 17 June | 8pm

Mike Gunn & Sean Collins Still On The Roadshow Having made dynamic appearances on the Michael McIntyre ‘Comedy Roadshow’ Mike Gunn and Sean Collins have teamed up to present a unique double bill show that not only offers solo sets from each but which also culminates with both comic heart-throbs on stage together.

Nick Brooke Ltd and Kenny Wax Ltd present

Live on Stage! Sat 18 & Sun 19 June | Sat & Sun 1.30pm Sun 10.30am The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

This is the opportunity to witness two of the finest stand-up comedians performing in the UK today. With super-slick delivery and killer punchlines, Mike and Sean are at the top of their game and prove that good comedy is not just a young man’s game. Having funny bones is something you’re born with and these two don’t need calcium supplements.

David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig. For children aged 3 and above.

Tickets £16.00

Tickets £10.50 Children £9.00

Following on from the highly-successful 2009 tour, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

Tickets 01793 524 481

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Running time: Approx. 55 minutes

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Tue 21 & Wed 22 June | 7.30pm

Thu 23 June | 7.30 pm

Spirit of the Dance

Elkie Brooks

Powerful, show-stopping Irish dance combines with the passionate Latino rhythms of tango, flamenco, and red-hot salsa to produce a heart-pounding production described in reviews as ‘the world’s greatest Irish dance show’.

Quite simply one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. Now celebrating her 51st year in music, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. With numerous hit singles and million-selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new.

Spirit of the Dance delivers a foot-stomping entertainment spectacular with dynamic lighting, dazzling costumes and stunning choreography. With thunderous applause and standing ovations at every performance, Spirit of the Dance is one of the greatest dance shows ever. Tickets £23.00 Concessions £21.00 Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £69.00

Thu 30 June | 7.30pm

Wyvern Theatre Foundation present

Warneford Big Band & Thamesdown Ladies Choir

Performing some of her classic hits, blues, jazz and songs from her new album Powerless, an electric evening with Elkie is guaranteed to leave you begging for more. Elkie is a stunning performer and whatever she does, she does it best live. Don't miss the chance to see a truly great artist in action.

An intimate concert in The Balcony restaurant showcasing the talents of two of Swindon's most talented local groups.  All in aid of The Wyvern Theatre Foundation. The Foundation has been a registered charity since 2008 and exists to help local young people become more involved with all aspects of the performing arts. In particular, the charity supports the annual Summer Youth Project (see page 29) by providing bursaries to young people who might otherwise not be able to take part. Tickets £7.50

‘Still One Of The Great British Voices’ The Guardian Tickets £22.00

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JULY

Fri 1 & Sat 2 July | 7pm

British One Act Play Final Best of British Drama 2011 is the coming together of four acting companies, each representing their country. Actors, crews and directors, along with their families and supporters, will be coming from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each team will be performing a play which has already proved a winner at home. They’re all coming to the Wyvern Theatre, where this year’s British Final Festival of One-Act Plays is being held. It’s not just drama though, you can expect comedy too, or farce. And for anyone who’s not sure if they ‘like’ theatre, an event like Best of British Drama is a great way to find out! Each play is no longer than 55 minutes!

Fri 1 July | 8pm

Ladies’ Night The ultimate girls’ night out! Enjoy a cocktail and sharing platter on arrival whilst our drag queen host will make you laugh and cry, followed by the raunchy entertainment from two gorgeous strippers. It’s the perfect night out for a giggle with the girls! Tickets £25.00

Wed 6 July | 8pm

Al Murray Barrel of Fun Extra

Following the huge success of his 2010 tour, Al Murray The Pub Landlord is extending time at the bar by adding more dates to his Barrel of Fun Tour. Britain’s best-known Pub Philosopher will be going back to basics; returning to many of the intimate venues where he made his name. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out fast, so get your order in now.

‘The way he integrates the crowd into the show is awe-inspiring’ The Times

IN THE BALCONY RESTAURANT

Tickets £26.50 £2.00 booking fee per ticket Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

Tickets £12.00 Book both nights for £10.00 each

Tickets 01793 524 481

Book Online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk


Fri 8 July | 7.30pm

Sun 10 July | 8pm

Fri 15 July | 7.30pm

An Evening of Burlesque

Dom Joly

Abba Forever

Welcome to Wherever I Am

Live in Concert

Direct from London’s West End, tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful. Elegant showgirls combine Parisian charm with Las Vegas glamour. Marrying live vocal talent with the art of burlesque – comedy, magic and vocal harmony combine with couture costumes, breathtaking choreography, a fabulous score and even virtuoso classical piano performances.

A truly hilarious evening with one of the UK’s most innovative comedians. For the last ten years, since his multiaward-winning international TV hit, Trigger Happy TV, Dom Joly has led the most extraordinary of lives. In this laugh-out-loud show, Dom talks us through the perils of travelling the world drinking, skiing down volcanoes, holidaying in Chernobyl and North Korea, becoming a paparazzo and eating from Gillian McKeith’s pants while imprisoned in the Australian jungle.

Abba Forever are the UK’s leading tribute band to the world’s greatest pop group. With a six-piece band on stage, non-stop dancing, dazzling costumes and an incredible attention to even the smallest of details, Abba Forever recreate the unique Abba sound to electrifying effect. This is as close to seeing the originals on stage as you will get!

Prepare to be taken on a playful journey from the fascinating art form’s music hall roots to the present day in the ultimate tease. Over 18s only. Tickets £23.00 Concessions £20.00

In this highly original and funny show, Dom attempts to make sense of it all with the aid of some very peculiar holiday snaps. Tickets £20.50 Pint & Curry £5.00 in advance £6.50 on the day

With stunning renditions of classic hits such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Dancing Queen, Abba Forever will keep you captivated from the opening sequence to the final sing-along chorus of this two hour spectacle. Tickets £18.00 Concessions £17.00

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Mon 25–Sat 30 July Mon–Sat 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat 2.30pm Tickets Mon Eve £26.50 Tue–Thu Eves £27.50–£29.00 Fri & Sat Eve £29.50–£31.00 Wed & Thurs Mat £27.50–£29.00 Sat Mat £29.50–£31.00 Concessions £2.00 off Mon Eve and Mid Week Mats Stars £3.00 off on Mon Eve Friends £2.50 off on Mon Eve

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JULY

Sat 16 July | 7.30pm

Thu 21 July | 7.30pm

Fri 22 July | 7.30pm

Magic of the Beatles

Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise

Dolly, The Show

The Magic of the Beatles superbly recreates the legendary live performances of The Beatles, taking you from their Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond, from Love Me Do to Let It Be. Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship Come Together in a lavish Magical Musical trip back to Yesterday.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise is a brand new rock ‘n’ roll show that does exactly what it says on the tin. There’s no plot, no storyline, simply a rock ‘n’ roll show where the music plays the leading role.

This glitzy two-hour show, features a full cast of singers, our Dolly Mixture dancers and superb musicians, all playing live to celebrate the career of awardwinning legend, Dolly Parton.

This show is a spectacular celebration of rock ‘n’ roll music, performed and enjoyed by the cast so that the audience can participate and take a step back in time to a very special era. Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise is, quite simply, the very, very best.

Dolly, The Show is packed with some of Dolly’s greatest hits, including; 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Jolene, Here You Come Again, Coat of Many Colors and many more, all performed on a great stage set, injected with fun and more sparkles than Dolly’s Rhinestones!

Tickets £20.00 Concessions £19.00

Tickets £19.00 Tickets £20.00 Concessions £18.50

Tickets 01793 524 481

Book Online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk


Tues 2–Thurs 4 August

Shaun’s Big Show Live on stage Come and join Shaun and his friends in their very own live show. All your favourite characters from the BBC show will be here including Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and the rest of the flock in the magical, fully choreographed music and dance extravaganza. Shaun is stage struck and has decided to put on a very special show for all his friends, so get ready for some fabulous madcap mayhem as they dance and prance their way through a series of wonderful adventures under the nose of the short-sighted Farmer.

Tue–Thu 7pm Wed & Thu 10.30am & 1.30pm Tickets £15.00 Children £13.00

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‘Boy do they have talent!’ Swindon Advertiser on last year's production of Wizard of Oz


Summer Youth Project present

Thu 25–Sun 28 August Thu & Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm Following the success of last year’s production of Wizard of Oz, the Summer Youth Project returns and this time we will transport you back in time on an art deco liner.

Tickets Thu Eve, Sat & Sun Mats £11.00 Fri Eve £13.00 (with a £1.00 donation to the Wyvern Theatre Foundation) Sat & Sun Eve £12.00

The 250 young people involved in this unique theatrical experience, learn, rehearse and perform this amazing stage show. Under the guidance of a professional creative team and technical team, the Wyvern Theatre will be turned into the glamorous liner, S.S. American. The story of Anything Goes centres around a group of passengers, and the lives and relationships with each other on the voyage. The show includes a number of Cole Porter classic songs, including; Anything Goes, I Get A Kick Out Of You, It's De-Lovely, You’re The Top and many more.

Aged between 9 – 21? Do you want to be in Anything Goes? Why not come to audition… Sat 2 April with callbacks on Sun 3 April Registration at 9.30am, auditions start 10am–4pm Wyvern Theatre All participants will be asked to perform a short dance routine as well as sing a song from the show (both of which will be taught on the day by the choreographer/musical director). No experience necessary, just come along, be enthusiastic and willing to take part! Application forms available online at www.wyverntheatre.org.uk or from the ticket office.  Please send an application form before the audition date.

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COMING SOON

AUGUST

Sat 6 August | 7pm

Sat 20 August | 7.30pm

Sun 4 Sept | 7.30pm

Swindon Talent 2011

Burlesque

Colin Fry

Now in its fourth year, Swindon Talent has showcased the very best of entertainment in the town. Last year's finals played out to a packed Wyvern Theatre when Wroughton singer Jahmene Douglas scooped the honours. This year there will be heats at Wharf Green on May 28th, the Purton Carnival on June 3rd, the Old Town Festival on June 26th and July 9th at the Big Arts Day at Lydiard Park. There will be two Open Mic heats at venues in the town. The winners of each of these heats will go to the finals competing in a senior and junior section.

It’s a night full of glitz, glam and naughtiness! At our new Burlesque Masterclass enjoy a cocktail on arrival and some delectable canapés; then let Miss Daisy Deluxe teach you how to strut your stuff like the ultimate burlesque goddess. Dress code: wear what you feel comfortable in – from stilettos and corsets, to trainers and jeans. Tickets £21.00

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Colin Fry is one of the most celebrated Psychic Mediums. The audience will be stunned by his breathtaking accuracy and compassion as he conducts an evening of intimate communication with your loved ones. Colin Fry of television’s Sixth Sense, and Colin Fry Live! has previously appeared alongside his spiritual female counterpart TJ Higgs in The Three Mediums and Psychic Private Eyes. Evenings of Mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for education and entertainment purposes only.

Tickets £18.50 Concessions £17.00 Tickets £9.50 Concessions £7.50

Tickets 01793 524 481

Book Online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk


THE MUSICAL FORALLTIME BILL KENWRIGHT

Previous cast photos.

PRESENTS

‘DEVASTATING.A MASTERPIECE. IFYOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT,GO.IFYOU HAVE,GOAGAIN’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

Mon 26 Sep–Sat 1 Oct Mon–Sat 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat 2.30pm The West End Smash hit musical returns to the Wyvern Theatre. Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers, and Bill Kenwright’s production, having recently celebrated its 21st phenomenal year in London, continues to enjoy standing ovations at every devastating performance. No wonder Blood Brothers is now ‘The musical for all time’.

Tickets Mon Eve £26.50 Tue–Thu Eves £27.50–£29.50 Wed & Thurs 2.30pm £27.50–£29.50 Fri & Sat 7.30pm £29.50–£31.00 Sat Mat £29.50–£31.00 Concessions £2.00 off on Mon Eve, Wed/Thu Mats Stars £3.00 off on Mon Eve Friends £2.50 off on Mon Eve

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LOC AL EVENTS

Italia Conti presents Back With The Beat Sat 25 June | 7.30pm Italia Conti Associates Newbury is delighted to be back at The Wyvern this year to celebrate The Italia Conti Academy Centenary. Join us for an action-packed show full of variety – from hip-hop and commercial to Jazz, Ballet and Tap Dance and from Singing to Musical Theatre performances.

Kim’s Academy of Dance Sat 9 July | 7.30pm In a fresh new and funky dance school Kim’s Academy of Dance is coming to the Wyvern Theatre to showcase performances in street Jazz , Break-Dancing, lyrical Jazz and Musical. The show will be high energy and fun by the students ages 3 to 18. Tickets £10.00

Tickets £14.50

Isambard School present Guys and Dolls Tue 28 & Wed 29 June | 7.30pm Tickets £8.50 Concessions £5.00

Voices of the Night

Swindon Academy of Dance present Let’s Dance Tue 30 August | 7.30pm Come and watch an explosive display of all genres of dance, and be the first to witness the exciting result of a week’s intensive Summer School Musical Theatre Week. Tickets £10.00

Fri 5 August | 7.30pm The Voices Of the Night Show is an epic and innovative journey through some of the greatest operatic and theatrical shows on earth. This highly entertaining show will feature many famous pieces from both opera and theatre, such as La Donne Mobile and All I Ask of You.

Find out how you can hire the theatre for your own performance by ringing us on 01793 535534 or looking online at www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

Tickets £18.50

Tickets 01793 524 481

Book Online www.wyverntheatre.org.uk


DECEMBER Sat 10 Dec Sun 11 Dec

1pm 1pm

7pm 5pm

Mon 12 Dec Tue 13 Dec Wed 14 Dec Thu 15 Dec Fri 16 Dec Sat 17 Dec Sun 18 Dec

NO SHOW TODAY

Mon 19 Dec Tues 20 Dec Wed 21 Dec Thu 22 Dec Fri 23 Dec Sat 24 Dec Sun 25 Dec

NO SHOW TODAY

Mon 26 Dec Tues 27 Dec Wed 28 Dec Thu 29 Dec Fri 30 Dec Sat 31 Dec Sun 1 Jan

1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm

1pm 10.30am 10.30am 2pm 1pm 1pm

1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm

7pm 2pm 2pm 7pm 7pm 5pm

7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 5pm

NO SHOW TODAY

5pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 5pm

JANUARY Mon 2 Jan Tue 3 Jan Wed 4 Jan Thu 5 Jan Fri 6 Jan Sat 7 Jan Sun 8 Jan

1pm

7pm

NO SHOW TODAY

10.30am 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm

2pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 5pm

TICKETS Blue £14.50, £16.00, £19.00 Green £16.50, £20.00, £22.00 Red £16.50, £20.00, £22.00 Concessions Family ticket (4 seats) Schools Early bird Groups 10+ Groups 25+ Early bird Groups 25+

£2.00 off £2.00 off £62.00 £68.00 £10.00 £9.00 £14.50 £12.50 £11.50

£16.00 £14.00 £13.50

Stars/Friends half price on Sat 10 December Friends post-show on Sat 10 December at 7pm Early Bird discounts apply to tickets booked and paid for by the end of July Signed Performance Fri 6 Jan 1pm & 7pm

NO SHOW TODAY

Please note all RED performances have no discounts

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By Road The Wyvern Theatre is situated in the town centre 15 minutes from the M4 (Junctions 15 or 16) and the A419 and A420. Follow the signs to the town centre and when approaching the Magic Roundabout you will pick up the signs to the Wyvern Theatre. Parking The multi-storey Wyvern Car Park (pay and display) is adjacent to the theatre. There is also a smaller open air car park next to the theatre. By Train Swindon Railway Station is just a 10-minute stroll through the town centre to the Theatre which is situated at the top of town. By Bus/Coach Swindon Bus Station is just a short 5-minute walk through the town centre to the theatre.

The Wyvern @ the heart of the Community

For further information visit our website at www.wyverntheatre.org.uk/directions

The Wyvern Theatre is passionate about engaging with all ages to experience and participate in the arts. The building is a creative hub of Swindon and has a number of organisations under one roof. These include; Sixth Sense for Young People, Reach Inclusive Arts, Create Studios and Theatre Works. For more information look online: Sixth Sense www.sixthsensetheatrecompany.co.uk Reach Inclusive www.reachinclusivearts.org.uk Create Studios www.createstudios.org.uk Theatre Works www.theatreworks.org.uk Railway Station

Wyvern Theatre Theatre Square Swindon, SN1 1QN


We’re here to help – Making your booking as smooth as possible

The Wyvern Theatre Ticket Office is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm or until the evening performances start. We are open from 90 minutes before the performance on Sundays and Bank Holidays. We accept most major credit and debit cards, and you can get your tickets in many ways! Look and book online! Cut the cost of the administration fees and book 24 hours a day 7 days a week online. Log onto www.wyverntheatre.org.uk and click through to the ‘book now’ button. Online administration fees are 75p a ticket capped at £3.00. Give us a call Our friendly team are on the other end of the phone to help or answer any questions, so give us a call on 01793 524481 we will be open from 10am to 6pm or 15 minutes before a performance. Telephone admin fees are £1.00 each ticket capped at £4.00. Come in and see us Come into the theatre and speak to one of our friendly staff, there is a 50p administration fee on all card payments capped at £4.00. There are no administration fees for cash payments, Friends or bookings of 10+.

Accessing the building Wheelchair users pay the lowest ticket price available, and if accompanied by a carer, the carer’s ticket is free of charge, please talk to us at the time of booking. The Theatre also has an infra-red system in the main auditorium for people with hearing difficulties. Please talk to us for more information. How long will the show last? We will know the timings of the show when the performers arrive in the building so to find out about running times contact the Ticket Office on the day of the performance. Tickets for only £5.00! Full time students can get their hands on tickets for only £5.00. These are allocated an hour before the performance begins. Ask the Ticket Office for more information.

Refunds and Exchanges Tickets purchased will only be refunded if a performance has been postponed or cancelled. Exchanges are available to move onto another performance of the same show subject to availability, with an administration cost of £2.00 per booking. All attempts are made to ensure that the show information and prices are correct at the time that this brochure is printed but may be subject to alterations. Discounts and concessions may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the management. From time to time the Wyvern Theatre would like to let you know about future productions we think you might be interested in. If you would prefer not to receive information please inform a member of Ticket Office.

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Book a meal as part of the deal The Balcony Restaurant is open for pre-show dining on most performances, why not book a table when you book your tickets whether it be a romantic meal for 2 or a group of friends. Contact the Ticket Office for more information. Get a premium experience Would you like to be treated like royalty and book yourself in one of the boxes or one of our premium seats, which are available at just £4.00 more per ticket than the top price seat. Brochure produced by adverset media solutions limited freephone 0800 064 3883 www.adverset.co.uk

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