Having a laugh with Matt

WEIRD crush – at least, according to Heat Magazine - Matt Richardson is taking his comedy show Slash on tour, with a stop-off at the Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday night.

Matt has plenty of strange tales to tell, from interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss.

Clearly much has happened in the life of Matt since his last tour in 2013.

Matt, a Former co-presenter of The Xtra Factor, panellist on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and one-time guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, will be on stage at 8pm.

Tickets cost £13.50. To book, call the box office on 01793 524481 or visit the website, which can be found at www. swindontheatres.co.uk.

Take a chance

THE much-loved hits of pop sensation ABBA will ring out in Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre tomorrow night in the high-energy, award-winning show Arrival.

Featuring many of the group’s most well-known songs, including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Waterloo and Super Trouper, the show has sold out in 20 countries round the world since 1995.

With fantastic hits, harmonies, authentic replica costumes and first class vocal performances, the tribute show recreates the excitement of a live ABBA show.

Tickets are £24. To book, call 01793 524481 or visit swindontheatres.co.uk.

It’s a diabolical night at theatre

EXPECT Victorian thrills and chills in the ghoulish horror tale Murder By Gaslight at the Swindon Arts Centre tonight.

Theatre company Don’t Go Into the Cellar (Victorian Theatre with Bite) will present the show about murderous men of medicine William Palmer and Harvey Crippen.

Artistic director Jonathan Goodwin wrote and also performs in this audience with the diabolical doctors, who will regale you with their case histories and invite you to judge for yourself if they were guilty – or not.

Co-star Amy Bullock plays Mrs Crippen and the technical director is Gary Archer, who pumps new blood into this gothic story with the use of digital technology.

William Palmer (1824-56), a doctor, was dubbed “the greatest villain that ever stood in the Old Bailey” by Charles Dickens and was hanged after his conviction for the murder of his friend John Cook, by poisoning him with strychnine.

He was also suspected of the murder of his brother, mother-in-law and four of his children.

Fellow medic Harvey Crippen (1862-1910) was hanged in Pentonville for the murder of his wife.

The show starts at 7.30pm in the arts centre in Devizes Road. Tickets are £12.50, with discounts available. To book, call 01793 524481 or visit www.swindontheatres.co.uk. - Sarah Singleton