Following recently headlines about a plague of huge rodents are taking over Britain, the Wyvern Theatre is thrilled to announce that Nigel Havers will headline Swindon’s pantomime Dick Whittington playing the biggest rat of them all, King Rat!
Nigel Havers has been a star of stage and screen for 40 years and is well-known for a variety of roles.
On TV he is most recently known for his role as love-rat Lewis Archer in Coronation Street, for which he won Best Exit at the 2013 British Soap Awards. He also recently appeared in another of ITV’s top-shows, when he starred in the Christmas Special of Downton Abbey.
Nigel has also appeared in films (Chariots of Fire, Nicholas Nickleby, A Passage to India, Empire of the Sun), in numerous other TV shows (Little Britain, The Charmer, Don’t Wait Up, Brothers & Sisters, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and as himself on many shows (including Who Do You Think You Are? and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here). He has been in constant demand for stage work and has starred in many plays, as well as starring in pantomimes for many years.
This Summer, ahead of performing on stage in Swindon at Christmas, Nigel will star alongside Sian Phillips in a West End revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
“It is a real coup for Swindon to secure a pantomime star of Nigel Havers’ stature for this year’s production of Dick Whittington,” said Theatre Director Derek Aldridge. “Nigel will no doubt bring a certain element of charm to the role of King Rat, which will make audiences love to hate the royal rodent!”
The Wyvern Theatre’s dazzling production of Dick Whittington will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning sets plus, as audiences have come to expect from Swindon’s number one pantomime, plenty of audience participation.
Nigel Havers will be joined on stage by Wyvern Theatre pantomime favourite, David Ashley. David returns to Swindon for a fourth year after playing Ugly Sister Windy Wendy in Cinderella, Abanazar in Aladdin and Dame Trot in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Nigel Havers will star as King Rat in Dick Whittington at the Wyvern Theatre from Sat 6 December – Sun 4 January. Book tickets today at swindontheatres.co.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.