Indulge in a comedy binge at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre in May – from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to Grumpy Old Women!
The 635-seat Wyvern Theatre has been at the heart of Swindon’s cultural scene since it was opened in September 1971 by the Queen and Prince Phillip. Named after the mythical dragon-like beast that symbolizes the Kings of Wessex, Wiltshire’s prime theatrical venue offers a varied programme of concerts, drama, comedy, musical theatre and local amateur productions.
May is a typically busy month with something for every theatrical taste, but laced between a host of highbrow events for the Swindon Festival of Literature, it’s a truly bumper month for comedy. Kicking off proceedings on May 15th, the multi-talented and irrepressible Brian Conley returns to the stage with his brand-new show Still the Greatest Entertainer – In His Price Range, featuring brand new comedy, sketches and songs alongside some of his best-known material from stage and screen.
Also playing it for laughs is Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act, comedian Daliso Chaponda, who brings his debut stand-up tour to Swindon on May 17th. The Malawian born stand-up has captured the nation's hearts and amassed over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on Youtube. Daliso has also just been confirmed for his own Radio 4 series, Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere.
For anyone who remembers the naked dress, the tantric sex demonstration, the post-it note, and “he’s just not that into you,” One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendships and Shoes on May 20th will provide a great reminder of why this series has stayed so firmly in women’s hearts and minds. This loving send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons as Kerry Ipema brings all our favourite characters to life as they brunch, banter, argue, support each other and swoon over men and Manolos. It will be a night of puns, parodies and audience participation!
On May 23rd there will be less glamour on show but just as many laughs as The Wyvern welcomes back cockney funny man Danny Baker. Following the extraordinary success of the Cradle to Grave tour, Good Time Charlie’s Back offers a raft of cracking anecdotes evoking Baker’s South London roots. As he puts it: “To help me mark the festivities I will joined on some nights by both Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan – two of the nicest dogs I have ever owned!”.
For those who like their superheroes to come in offbeat shapes and sizes, Grumpy Old Women - To The Rescue lands on May 24th starring Jenny Éclair, Dille Keane and Lizzie Roper. Fed up with flogging their guts out, the mistresses of grump have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge-making. But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue?
Rounding off a spectacular month of comedy madness at The Wyvern, fresh-faced Chris Ramsey comes to town on May 29th with his Just Happy To Get Out Of The House tour. The critically acclaimed and award-winning stand-up comedian hosts his own show on Comedy Central and as a Celebrity Juice regular is the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place. Hecklers heckle at your peril!
Watch this space for more updates on shows at The Wyvern plus the latest news on what’s happening at sister venue, the Swindon Arts Centre.