Theatre Royal pantomime stars bring festive cheer to children at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Isabella Percy with Theatre Royal Panto cast members as they visit the childrens ward at the Norfolk

Isabella Percy with Theatre Royal Panto cast members as they visit the childrens ward at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Smiles spread across the faces of children on the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's Buxton ward when stars of a hit Christmas pantomime paid them a visit.

Kacey-Ann Gregson with Theatre Royal Panto cast members as they visit the childrens ward at the Norf

Kacey-Ann Gregson with Theatre Royal Panto cast members as they visit the childrens ward at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

David Burilin, who plays Jack Trottalot in this year's production of Jack and the Beanstalk was joined by cast mates Harriet Buxton, who plays Dolly the Fairy, and Rosie Whitmore and Joe Press from the ensemble to chat with children, some of whom had to stay in hospital over Christmas.

Isabella Percy, 8, from Costessey was one of the first to see the characters on the ward. She liked Dolly's pink and sparkly dress.

Mother Jo said: 'It's brilliant, we're going to see the panto so she was already looking forward to it, it's her treat for being in here.'

Kacey-Anne Gregson, also 8, was on the ward after trapping her finger in a door.

Meenu Varma with her baby daughter Sainika Thiruhavukkarasu with Theatre Royal Panto cast members a

Meenu Varma with her baby daughter Sainika Thiruhavukkarasu with Theatre Royal Panto cast members as they visit the childrens ward at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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After spending her time in hospital reading magazines and playing cards, it was a welcome change to pose for a photo with the cast members.

'We wanted to bring a bit of festive cheer to the children who might not get to see the pantomime, put some smiles on some faces,' Miss Buxton, 24, said.

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'It's sad to see any child in hospital over Christmas because it's the most magical time of the year.'

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