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"It just makes their day so much happier"

Children at Newcastle's RVI got a special visit this morning from the cast of Aladdin at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

The children will be able to enjoy lots of pantomime magic this year because for the first time the performance is being streamed to 8,500 children who are in hospital.

They will be able to watch the panto as it's performed, helping to spread the festive cheer.


Bedside panto for poorly children

Poorly children in the North East are to get the chance to enjoy a Christmas panto from their hospital beds.

Newcastle Theatre Royal's pantomime Aladdin will be beamed for free to all 8,500 hospital bed TV screens in the region, giving thousands of patients the chance to watch the show.

The project has taken two years to plan and will also see members of the cast visiting some of the children in person.

"It is fantastic to have all our hospitals involved and to bring some traditional festive cheer right to the bedsides of so many children.

Any time of year is difficult for children to be in hospital but it's great that we're able to give them something different, with a 'wow' factor, to enjoy with their families and the hospital staff."

– Julie Marsh, NHS North East