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Emmerdale panto stars visit children in Newcastle

Stars of Newcastle's Theatre Royal pantomime have been visiting children in hospital ahead of their performances.

They went to the Great North Children's hospital, where the show will be beamed in, so that children there can watch it.

Panto stars visit children in hospital

Panto stars in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Stars of Newcastle's Theatre Royal pantomime have been visiting children in hospital this lunchtime.

They went to the Great North Children's hospital, where the show will be beamed in, so that children there can watch it.

Among them was Charlie Hardwick from Emmerdale who plays Val Pollard.


Jack and the Beanstalk breaks sales records

The Jack and the Beanstalk cast

Jack and the Beanstalk, the Theatre Royal’s 2013/14 pantomime, has broken all previous records and become the most successful pantomime in the theatre’s 176 year history. **

Actors on stage at the Theatre Royal

Over 36,000 tickets have already been sold for next year’s show Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs_, which will mark Clive Webb and Danny Adams’ tenth anniversary at the theatre.**

Record sales, Jack and the Beanstalk

Panto time for hospitals - oh yes it is!

It comes after the success of last year's screening of the Theatre Royal's production of Aladdin on children's wards across the North East.

Jack and Beanstalk will be screened at 2pm on Saturday December 21st, with repeat screenings at 4pm and 6pm.

Nearly 200,000 hospital patients across the country will get the chance to see Newcastle's Christmas panto this Saturday.

Patients on all wards, in 93% of hospitals, will be able to see Jack and the Beanstalk for free on their personal televisions.

Actor Clive Webb, who plays Jack's dad, told us what this meant to the actors taking part.

You can then hear from Howard Tait, who is the Trust Board Director of the Theatre Royal.


"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

Panto Dame's parting Swedish gift

Dame Bob Stott is giving his parting gift of pantomime to the Swedish people after 37 years of treading the boards Credit: ITV

Bob Stott, South Shields' much-loved and well-known pantomime dame, is hanging up his bloomers after nearly forty years of treading the boards.

The panto legend is not just handing over the traditions to a younger generation though, as the theatre company's influence is set to spread to Sweden.

The Customs House in South Shields has forged a relationship with our swedish cousins after a visit to the icelandic nation to spread the panto message.

"While hanging up my brassiere and bloomers will be a sad occasion, I'm delighted to be taking part in this year's pantomime and handing over the tradition, not only to Ola and Mia, but hopefully to a whole nation of people - that will be a wonderful legacy."

  • Bob Stott, Customs House's Dame Dotty

British panto comes to Sweden

Pantomime is practically unheard of in Sweden, a nation more well-known for their flat pack furniture and ABBA, so the cast of one production has made it their mission to spread the importance of panto to the icelandic nation.

The Customs House theatre in South Shields has forged a relationship with the Swedish people after visiting Gothenburg earlier this year and presenting a short pantomime workshop to them, going on to accept two Swedish actors in its current performance of Dick Whittington.

Ray Spencer, MBE, decided to make the trip to panto trip to Sweden after he learnt that there was no type of family theatre in the country.

"What was thrilling was seeing how quickly the audience 'got it' and in turn the reaction of the actors to the audience participation - they wanted to know afterwards when we had rehearsed the audience!"

– Ray Spencer, MBE, Customs House Theatre

"It's extremely exciting to see such a special part of Britishness being exported to Sweden ande developed with our Swedish partners."

– Caroline Theobald, Honorary Consul for Sweden for the North East of England