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.
– Julie Marsh, NHS North East
"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."