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This Is Wiltshire: Theatre director Derek Aldridge in the Wyvern auditorium Theatre director Derek Aldridge in the Wyvern auditorium

TWO of the biggest shows in the Wyvern Theatre’s forthcoming season will be opened up to visually impaired audiences in Swindon for the first time ever.

Bill Kenwright Ltd’s production of Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee and the theatre’s pantomime adventure Dick Whittington will offer an audio-described performance during their run.

The theatre has already been providing sign interpreted performances for the past few years.

Derek Aldridge, theatre director, said: “As always the Wyvern is proud to be at the centre of the local community and ensure that the productions presented here are accessible to all.”

Following last year’s production of Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company returns to Swindon with a brand new drama produced by Bill Kenwright. Black Coffee is the first play ever written by Agatha Christie and in it we are introduced to Hercule Poirot – the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times.

Bill said: “The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon has a very special place in my heart. It was there over four decades ago, right at the start of its life, I produced my very first major musical. West Side Story opened at the Wyvern and went on to have a successful life ending up at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.

“So it’s my great pleasure to congratulate them on hearing that they are offering audio description and touch tours for their visually impaired patrons.”

Dick Whittington will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and fabulous costumes – plus, as people have come to expect, plenty of audience participation. An announcement on the panto’s star for this year is expected to be made in the near future.

The audio-described performance of Black Coffee will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2.30pm.

The audio-described performances of Dick Whittington will take place on Friday, January 2, at 1pm and 7pm.

Book tickets at http://wyverntheatre.org.uk or by calling the ticket office on 01793 524 481.

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