Norwich Theatre Royal delivers some cheer and sunshine to children’s wards

Jenny Lind (played by Kimberly Blake) from the Barnum production at the Theatre Royal, visits Finley

Jenny Lind (played by Kimberly Blake) from the Barnum production at the Theatre Royal, visits Finley Nevard, 7, in the Buxton ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A little light and laughter was delivered to a children's ward yesterday by the Norwich Theatre Royal.

The cast of the show Barnum were on hand to spread some cheer as well as visit a place of significance to the play.

They visited the children's wards at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital known as the Jenny Lind wards.

To mark this link, Kimberly Blake who plays Jenny Lind in the lavish musical discovered the singer's legacy.

They met young patients and their families and entertained hospital patients and staff with a few circus-skills in the hospital's West Atrium.

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Emma Dolman, Matron for the Jenny Lind Children's Department, said: 'All the children enjoyed today's visit by the Barnum cast. We have great support from the Theatre Royal and it lifts everyone's spirits when they entertain our young patients.'

Jenny Lind was one of the world's most popular entertainers and was known as The Swedish Nightingale.

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She performed two hugely popular concerts in 1847 and swiftly returned for a third. Jenny then came back to Norwich two years later for a pair of performances at St Andrew's Hall.

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