Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN

Located right in the heart of Swindon’s cultural centre, the Wyvern Theatre is a dance, comedy, drama and music venue with a 635-seat auditorium.

The Wyvern Theatre is named after the mythical wyvern which was once the emblem of the kings of Wessex. It looks like a dragon with no front legs.

The theatre was opened on 7 September 1971 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. It has a long and treasured tradition of running pantomimes. From its first performance of Dick Whittington and His Cat in its opening year, the Wyvern Theatre has put on highly popular pantomimes.

In addition to pantomimes, the Theatre puts on regular plays, touring shows and comedy performances. The Summer Youth Project puts on regular shows to showcase the newest stage talent both on and off the boards.

In 2007, the Theatre underwent a £1.7 million renovation that included a brand-new bar and restaurant. You can order pre-show food from canapés and light bites to full meals. The menu is available from 90 minutes before every show.

To cut the queue during the intermission rush to the bar, you can pre-order your drinks.

The Wyvern Theatre also supports the local community. The Wyvern Foundation was set up in 2008 to advance the education and training of young people in Swindon. The Foundation works to develop all skills related to the performing arts including, stagecraft, script-writing, choreography, dance, drama, music, singing and backstage/technical skills.

Regular visitors can become Friends of the Wyvern Theatre and enjoy benefits and discounts.

The Wyvern has several other car parks within easy walking distance including the Whalebridge multi-storey, which is further down Islington Street and Regent Circus car park.