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Pantomime set to deliver festive cheer to local hospital patients

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This year’s seasonal pantomime at the Cast theatre in Doncaster is making its NHS debut, as the performance will be live-streamed for hospital patients both young and old.

As a result, Thursday’s performance of Cast’s Beauty and the Beast will be filmed and screened live in Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s children’s and elderly care wards.

“With this performance we hope that we can bring a festive flourish to our patient’s faces”

Richard Parker

By bringing panto to the hospital, both organisations are hoping to deliver seasonal cheer to staff, patients and visitors alike.

With free WiFi recently introduced on ward areas, the pantomime will also be able to be available to view on patient’s phones, tablets and laptops.

In addition, extending the festivities to those who work at the trust, the pantomime will be screened to more than 130 off-duty staff, and their children, in the hospital’s lecture theatre, free of charge.

“If you can’t get to the pantomime, then we will bring the pantomime to you”

Deborah Rees

Trust chief executive Richard Parker said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with Cast in Doncaster in order to live-stream this Xmas show for our patients.

“While our staff try their very best, spending Christmas in hospital isn’t ideal and with this performance we hope that we can bring a festive flourish to our patient’s faces,” he said.

Deborah Rees, director at Cast at Doncaster, added: “The magic of a Christmas pantomime is something everyone deserves to experience, so if you can’t get to the pantomime, then we will bring the pantomime to you.

“Live-streaming is just one of the new ways Cast is reaching out to local people, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to start this exciting Christmas event with our friends at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals,” she said.

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