THE year is 1930 and two couples have arrived in France to celebrate their honeymoons – but one new wife overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, and an old flame reignites.

This is Noel Coward’s classic comedy Private Lives, opening at the Wyvern in Swindon tonight and running till Saturday. In true Coward style, it is a witty exploration of love, desire and marriage.

He sets the scene in a classy hotel in Deauville, Normandy. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at her charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. But this night of romance will not end as everyone expects.

Private Lives is presented by London Classic Theatre, and tickets are £19.

Shane sends us Love Always SHANE Filan, former member of Westlife, will bring his tour Love Always to the Wyvern Theatre on Sunday.

The tour follows the release of his album of the same name, a collection of some of Shane’s favourite classic love songs.

“For me there’s nothing quite like singing an amazing ballad and this album is full of them,” he said.

“Some of the song suggestions came directly from my fans because they would always say to me, we would love to hear you sing this song.”

Shane has become one of the UK’s most popular male solo artists, following his career with Westlife, one of the most successful bands in the world of the last few decades.

He will be supported by Australian-Malaysian singer Guy Sebastian, who was Australia’s first ever Idol winner in 2003.

Tickets are between £30 and £52.50.

RESPECTABLE banker and patriarch Torvald dotes on his wife, the silly little spendthrift Nora – but she has been keeping a secret from him for years.

Not everything is as it seems in this conventional and superficially happy marriage – and the truth is about to emerge.

The Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, is a 19th century masterpiece but its power to shock has not dimmed with time. Newly adapted for the state by Simon Stephens, and with Anna Friend’s interpretation, it is at the Swindon Arts Centre tonight. It begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £13.  Call the box office on 01793 524481 or visit

COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr is bringing his Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour to Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre tomorrow.

The award-winning stand-up and star of panel show Eight of Out of Ten Cats is famous for his deadpan delivery and dark humour. Tickets to see Jimmy in action are £30 via the Wyvern. Call the box office on 01793 524481 or visit

FARMER and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson will bring rural life to Swindon in a show at the Wyvern Theatre on Monday.

He will be sharing stories about his farming life, television career and the running of the Cotswold Farm Park. The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £23.50. Call the box office on 01793 524481 or visit

COMEDY phenomenon Luisa Omielan is bringing her hit show Am I Right Ladies? to the Swindon Arts Centre on Saturday.

Her first show, What Would Beyonce Do?! was hailed in the Guardian as ‘one of the biggest stand up hits of the last decade’ and was launched on BBC3 as a stand-up special.

Tickets to see Luisa live are £16.50. Call the box office on 01793 524481 or visit

BILLED the UK’s foremost psychic medium, TJ Higgs will bring her unique style of investigation to the Swindon Arts Centre on Tuesday.

TJ has appeared on ITV3’s The X-tra Factor. Tickets are £22.50. Call the box office on 01793 524481 or visit