Wyvern Theatre - History

History

It was designed in 1967 by Casson, Condor and Partner. The first performance was by the Ukrainian Dance Company.

Clear Channel Entertainment managed the venue for many years until 2005, when they lost the tender. The Wyvern was taken over by Wyvern Theatre Ltd, a subsidiary of Hetherington Seelig Theatres Ltd. on behalf of Swindon Borough Council.

On 3 September 2006 it closed temporarily after the discovery of traces of asbestos in the venue's offices and roof void during a routine inspection. It remained closed until September 2007 and the closure was used to refurbish the venue, bringing new decor, bars, cafés, disabled entrances and new seating costing £1.3m. The first performance afterwards was on 25 September 2007.

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