LAUGHTER, tears and plenty of drama – Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre has seen it all, both on and off stage.

All sorts of famous names from the world of entertainment have trod the boards at the Wyvern in four decades – as have those by homegrown talent, from members of Tanwood School of Performing Arts to staff from Thames Water.

This year the Wyvern is celebrating its 40th birthday and wants people to join in the celebrations by sharing their memories.

Whether you have taken part in a production yourself and have a tale to tell, saw the most amazing performance, or have encountered one of the building’s resident ghosts, the theatre is keen to hear from you.

Press and marketing officer Tatjana Humphries said: “Over the past four decades the Wyvern has played an enormous part in Swindon’s cultural life.

“Tens of thousands of people have laughed, cried and been moved here.

“It’s only fitting that we should do something special to underline the Wyvern’s significance and importance to Swindon on this anniversary.”

The Wyvern Theatre was officially opened by the Queen and Prince Philip on September 7, 1971. The first performance to take place on that day was by a Ukrainian dance company.

The memories will go on display at the Wyvern’s birthday open day on September 3.

The event will be officially opened at 10.30am by Keith Chegwin, who is the star of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, and there will be plenty of activities for the whole family.

There will also be a chance to look at some of the theatre’s images from the archive and old programmes.

And for those who fancy taking a look behind the scenes, there will be backstage tours between 11am and 3pm. Entry to the fun day is free, although some of the activities may incur a charge.

“Our open day should be really interesting and we hope to be able to welcome both new and old visitors and relive some great shows and performances of the last 40 years,” said Tatjana.

Anyone who has a memory to share can email, tweet them, post them on the theatre’s Facebook page, drop a letter into the box office or post it to the theatre.