Sarah Singleton checks out what's on offer this week on stage in Swindon

Rocking round the Christmas tree

Rock’n’roll variety show That’ll be the Day returns to the Wyvern Theatre on Friday with its brand new Christmas show.

Featuring popular Christmas classic songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, the show includes plenty of comedy fun.

The origins of That’ll be the Day lie back in 1985 when a variety show called The Happy Days of Rock’n’Roll was launched for the club and cabaret circuit. More than 30 years later, the show is still going strong.

That’ll be the Day kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are £28. To book, visit or call 01793 524481.

Trip back to the swinging sixties

The Sensational 60s Experience is a show made up of five legendary names from the 1960s music scene, who join forces for a new show at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Sunday night.

The Sensational 60s Experience stars Mike Pender, the original voice of The Searchers, along with Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Fortunes and The New Amen Corner.

The 60s set will include plenty of nostalgic hits such as Mike Pender’s Needles and Pins, When You Walk in the Room and Sweets for my Sweet. Chris Farlowe’s songs will include Out of Time, Handbags and Glad Rags and Reach Out (I’ll Be There).

Throughout the mid-60s, Herman’s Hermits chalked up plenty of top 20 singles, including Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Silhouettes and There’s A Kind of Hush.

The Fortunes bring classics such as You’ve Got Your Troubles and Storm in a Teacup, and The New Amen Corner will perform If Paradise is Half As Nice and other classics.

Tickets are £32. To book, visit or call 01793 524481.

Classical treat from right royal orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brings a programme of well known classical music to the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday November 11, including a tribute to Remembrance Day.

Here Come the Classics is a selection suitable for everyone – whether classical music novices or regular concert-goers.

The Ballet Music from Schubert’s Rosamunde, and the fourth movement from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5, as well as Grieg’s Peer Gynt: Morning, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 1 will create a dramatic and thrilling programme.

The tribute to Remembrance Day will include Vaughan Williams’ evocation of nostalgia and national pride in his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which has been described as an anthem of mourning. This piece has appeared in the scores of a number of films, including The Elephant Man and Platoon.

The conductor will be John Rigby, with Jonathan Ayling on solo cello and Laurence Davies on solo French horn.

Tickets are £32-35, with a limited number of £12 tickets for under-16s and students. To book, visit or call 01793 524481.