Wyvern announces return of pantomime favourites for this year's Snow White production

By Jessica Durston - 1 March 2023

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Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre and producers Imagine Theatre say they are delighted to announce that Paul Burling and David Ashley will return for this year's Snow White production.

Paul Burling

Snow White will run at the Wyvern from 02 – 31 December 2023, and tickets are on sale now.

Paul Burling and David Ashley, who performed together in last year’s successful pantomime Beauty and the Beast, were said to have had audiences rolling in the aisles. The Wyvern team said the duo will return this year for all the usual panto fun and frolics.

Impressionist Paul Burling made it on to screens as a finalist in 2010 in Britain’s Got Talent and has been performing for audiences on TV and stages across the UK ever since.

Paul says of his return to Swindon: "I had such an amazing time at The Wyvern last year and am delighted to be coming back in Snow White with David! We’re looking forward to another spectacular season of silliness and can’t wait to see you there!"

Joining Paul is Swindon’s favourite dame David Ashley. His 30-year career has seen him perform across the West End in shows such as Cats, Les Misérables, Blood Brothers, Starlight Express and Me and My Girl. This year will mark his tenth pantomime at the Wyvern Theatre.

David says: "I love doing panto at The Wyvern, it’s one of the highlights of my year, so I’m really excited to be coming back again. I’m already picking out my most extravagant frock!"

Laura James the Theatre Director at the Wyvern Theatre says: "We are absolutely thrilled that Paul and David will be returning to Swindon this year. They completely stole the show in last year’s Beauty and the Beast and provided some of the best comedy moments we’ve had in years.  

"Our wonderful Panto audiences clearly adored them both, and we cannot wait to welcome them back to our stage. Oh no we can’t!"

A spokesperson described the 2023 Wyvern pantomime plot: "After the Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be the fairest in all the land Morgiana, the Wicked Queen, is sent into a jealous rage. Will Snow White’s friends be able to save her from the Queen’s fury letting them all live happily ever after?"

Review information for Paul Burling and David Ashley:

‘This pair are standouts. They work so well together as a comedy double act’. (Swindon Advertiser)

‘David Ashley is mesmerizingly fantastic; Paul Burling is hysterical wowing the audiences with his impressions and humour.’ (Total Guide to Swindon)

Members of the public can book their tickets early for best availability at swindontheatres.co.uk.

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