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Panto cast make Katie's Christmas wish come true

The cast of Christmas pantomime Aladdin made a dream come true for a young teenager who is battling leukaemia for the second time at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre.
Katie Wright, from Childwall is a huge panto fan and has been unable to go and watch the show which has just opened as she is currently undergoing gruelling chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Doctors are worried that if Katie were to sit in the audience amongst lots of other people she might pick up an infection.

After hearing Katie’s plight, theatre staff invited Katie to come to the dress rehearsal for a sneak preview of the show. It was a great afternoon for Katie who got to meet the stars of the panto.

Katie meets Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton Credit: Bill Elms Associates
Katie with the cast Credit: Bill Elms Associates

Katie's family have now discovered that her best chance of survival is an incredibly costly treatment only available in the US. They are now trying to raise £120,000 to help in her second fight against leukaemia.

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Watch: Bat Out of Hell musical comes to Manchester

Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell is still one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It has sold more than 50 million copies around the world.

And now its been made into a musical which is having its world premiere in Manchester.

Our correspondent Mel Barham went to meet the man himself, and the actor who's going to be taking the lead role. She was also given a sneak preview of the Musical.

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