Panto will be Skyped to London children's ward


Aaron Haley

A LLANDUDNO panto is to be beamed into a London children’s hospital via Skype - marking a world’s first.

Peter Pan, which is being performed at Venue Cymru, will be broadcast to Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) via the online video chat software on December 13.

The technological innovation builds upon Skype’s partnership with pantomime producer Qdos Entertainment.

Sarah Ecob, general manager for Venue Cymru, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year for families and we are delighted that the Qdos Entertainment partnership with Skype allows a pantomime to be broadcast live into Great Ormond Street Hospital and especially delighted it is from our venue.

“Llandudno audiences have always given generously and as hosts of this special event we are thrilled to continue supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity Theatres for Theatres Appeal.”

The hospital has been closely linked with Peter Pan ever since its author, JM Barrie, gifted the rights in 1929.

Cast members Isobel Hathaway, Tinkerbell, and Dawn Williams, Wendy, visited the hospital to launched the vent earlier this month.

Katie Simmons, senior fundraising manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We’re very grateful to Qdos Entertainment for their on-going support and fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

"It’s great that through their partnership with Skype we are able to broadcast a pantomime into the hospital.

“The patients were very excited about meeting Craig Revel Horwood and the Llandudno cast and it will be a great treat for them to watch Peter Pan live in December.”

Over the past two years pantomime audiences have helped Qdos

Entertainment raise over £250,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity’s Theatres for Theatres Appeal.

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