Latest news / 19 July, 2016


Wyvern Theatre has announced that Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas will make his pantomime debut in the role of Prince Charming in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Cinderella which opens on Saturday 10 December 2016.

Salford-born Ryan burst onto television screens on Christmas Day in 2000 in the role of Jason Grimshaw in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street, a role he has played for over 16 years. Best known for romantic entanglements, Ryan left Weatherfield last month in an emotional departure following the death of his on-screen father.

Cinderella marks Ryan’s pantomime debut where he will star as Prince Charming alongside Swindon favourite David Ashley who plays one of the Ugly Sisters. For his fifth consecutive Wyvern panto David will be joined by Louie Westwood in the role of the other Ugly Sister, and Victoria Farley as Cinderella.

Produced by One from the Heart in association with HQ Theatres, the partnership behind previous record-breaking pantomimes at the Wyvern, Cinderella will be brought spectacularly to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.

Speaking about his role in Cinderella, Ryan Thomas said: “I’m really excited to be making my stage debut in panto. I’ve seen so many former Corrie stars perform in pantomime over the years so to finally get the chance I’m absolutely thrilled, especially as my daughter will be able to see me perform live on stage.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Ryan to the Wyvern Theatre where he’ll meet the best panto audiences in the country”, said Theatre Director Derek Aldridge. “Cinderella promises to be a magical production for all the family and, with 10,000 tickets already sold, looks set to be our busiest Christmas ever!”

Ryan Thomas will star in Cinderella at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon from Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017. Book tickets today for the greatest pantomime of them all at or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.