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Wyvern Theatre

Location: Swindon

The Wyvern Theatre is a theatre in Swindon, Wiltshire. The theatre is named after a mythical beast, similar to a dragon, which was once the emblem of the Kings of Wessex.

The Wyvern Theatre opened in September 1971 by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip. The Wyvern Theatre is managed on behalf of Swindon Borough Council by Wyvern Theatre Ltd, a subsidiary of HQ Theatres Ltd. Managing Director: Michael Ockwell. The auditorium has 615 seats and every seat is designed to be no further than 70ft from the stage.

The Wyvern Theatre's story begins back in 1967 when Casson, Condor and Partner were commissioned to design a theatre to become the very heart of Swindon. The Theatre was first shown off to the people of Swindon on 7 September 1971 when the venue was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip. The very first performance to take place that day was Ukrainian Dance Company.

Despite being part of a civic centre of a modern town, researchers traced the history of the land on which the theatre was built.

In the late 1960s, numbers 27-32 Regent Place and 7-10 Princes Street were 'cleared' to make way for the theatre. The terraced houses and back alleyways had stood since the 1880s, records of habitation on the site spanned back further centuries. The site of the modern-day Wyvern stood adjacent to the ancient hamlet of Eastcott, before the rapidly expanding 19th century Swindon consumed the settlement.

In 2005 The Wyvern Theatre entered a new era. Clear Channel Entertainment had lost the tender to manage the venue and hence the Wyvern was taken over by a new Management company on behalf of Swindon Borough Council, this company was Wyvern Theatre Ltd, a subsidiary of Hetherington Seelig Theatres Ltd. With the arrival of the new Management company came a new angle on programming shows into the venue, with the focus being on dance, drama and community theatre.

In 2007, The Wyvern Theatre re-opend after a refurbishment of the auditorium and front of house. The Wyvern Theatre also offers a brand new Restaurant offering pre show dining with a bistro menu.

Wyvern Theatre
Theatre Square
Swindon
SN1 1QN

Box Office Number:
01793 524 481

Visit Website
www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

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