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Russell Brand back in Swindon for a sold out Wyvern show

CONTROVERSIAL comedian Russell Brand returns to The Wyvern this month – and tickets are already sold out.

It comes almost a year after it was the first performance to take place on the theater stage since it was forced to close due to the Covid lockdown.

After 17 months of obscurity, the theater was able to reopen on August 28, 2021, and Brand’s brand new show ’33’ marked a successful return to live performances in Swindon, drawing sold-out crowds.

Now, after 12 months of musicals, live music, comedy, pantomimes and plays performed at the Wyvern, the comedian and TV personality is bringing back that same popular show for the second time.

Although tickets have only been on sale for a few days, the show is already sold out.

Those lucky enough to snag a ticket can expect to see it happen on the weirdness of the pandemic – what have we learned and not learned? And how do you “get back to normal” if you were never normal?

A promotional image for Russell Brand’s ’33’ tour

On the show, Brand also asks the audience to answer questions like “what situation/person really annoyed you during the lockdown?” or ‘what’s the naughtiest thing they’ve done during lockdown?’ which he mines for comedy gold”

He has also been photographed meeting and greeting members of the public on several of his shows, often posting photos himself on his social media.

Brand’s performance will take place on August 30 – for more information, visit the Swindon Theaters website.

For the theater itself, it is a full year since its return to service during which it also celebrated its 50th anniversary.

At the time, a Wyvern Theater spokesperson said: “It is an incredible achievement for us to reach this impressive milestone and continue to entertain Swindon audiences after 50 years.

“The date took on special meaning for us as we only recently reopened our doors to the public after being locked down for so long, but we are excited to see what the future holds for the Wyvern Theatre.”

Over the past 12 months, several different shows have taken place, including Louie Spence’s pantomime with Jack and the Beanstalk, the Adam Woodyatt-fronted thriller Looking Good Dead, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Circus of Horrors to name a few.

In the coming months, people can expect the hit musical Six, Legally Blonde from the Summer Youth Project and a stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.