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Panto for patients

Panto for patients

Posted: 22 Dec 2015

Hospital patients across the UK watched Newcastle Theatre Royal’s panto Dick Whittington for free from their beds this Christmas when the production was shown on their Hospedia TV screens.

The cast filmed a special performance of the pantomime, screened for free to 170,000 patients across 180 NHS hospitals on 21 December.

It was the brainchild of local entrepreneur and Theatre Royal trustee, Howard Tait (chief executive of Newcastle communications agency Martin Tait Redheads) who said: “When I first got involved at the Theatre Royal I arranged trips for the children in the local hospital to come to see the panto but I soon realised that the sickest children weren’t able to come and were missing out. So I had the idea of bringing the magic of the panto to them instead and the idea just grew and grew.

“It’s wonderful to hear how much the hospital patients, both adults and children, enjoy having the panto to watch and how it brings cheer onto the wards. The screening is totally free of charge to watch and we film it in such a way that those watching get to see close up shots of the actors as well as the general stage view, so it’s a really special show.”

Danny Adams, who plays Dick Whittington, said: “One of the most wonderful things about starring in the Theatre Royal panto is the audience members. They are fantastic and not just while they are in the theatre; we regularly get kids running up to us in the street for a photo or shouting our catchprases out to us. It’s such a lovely feeling knowing that they identify with us and so being able to come along and meet some of the children who are unfortunate enough to be in hospital at this time of year is really special. Seeing their faces light up when we come into the ward is a magical moment for them and us.”

Dick Whittington plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Sunday 17 January 2016. Tickets are available from £12.50 (pay less online) and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (all calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details).

 

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