may not even be summer yet but The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon is
already planning this year's pantomime.
theatre recently confirmed that this December will see a production
of Dick Whittington which will star ex-Doctor Who actor, Colin Baker,
and local dancer and Wyvern panto regular, Pollyann Tanner of The
have appeared in panto at the Wyvern in the past. Colin played Dame
Durden in Jack and the Beanstalk four years ago and Pollyann played
Dandini in last year's Cinderella.
Doan, Wyvern General Manager said: "To announce such names
as this so early is fantastic. We are delighted that Pollyann is
returning after last year, she really shone, and to welcome Colin
back to the Wyvern is fantastic."
other cast members have been confirmed as yet however Ted promised
that there would be a few surprises.
are keeping the rest of the cast under wraps for the time being,
but all I can say is we have a real treat in store for audiences
Baker is a pantomime veteran who has appeared in numerous seasonal
shows over the last twenty years. This is the sixth Dick Whittington
production he has been involved in.
year I'm Sarah the Cook," he said. "But in the past I've
played Dick himself, King Rat and the Captain."
is also more than happy to be returning to Swindon and cites the
Wyvern production of Jack and The Beanstalk as possibly his favourite.
was very enjoyable. Swindon is a nice town with nice people. It
is also relatively close to home to commute to so I get to spend
Christmas with my family as well."
he has starred in The Brothers, Blake's 7, Juliet Bravo and The
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Colin is possibly best known for
playing Doctor Who's sixth incarnation between 1984-86.
Baker as he appeared in Doctor Who
the series ended in 1989, interest in the show still thrives and
Colin is regularly called upon to reprise his role in a series of
professional audio plays that are regularly released on CD.
believes that audio is the perfect medium to bring the fantastical
adventures of the Doctor to life.
joy about audio is that it is limited only by the audiences imagination,"
don't wobble, the monster's are truly scary and you can blow up
a planet without worrying how much the special effects will cost."
can currently be seen touring the country in Terence Rattigan's
wartime stage drama, 'Flare Path'.
will then be starring in a nationwide tour of Gerald Moon's comedy
thriller 'Corpse!', the run of which will overlap with his Dick
admitted that he can't wait to chew the scenery and dress up as
a dame once more.
said: "I'm looking forward to it enormously, it's going to
Whittington runs from December 13th 2002 to January 11th 2003. Tickets
are £12.50 and £13.50. The Wyvern Theatre box office can be contacted
on 01793 524481.