Recently, we had the pleasure of joining British TV star Craig Revel Horwood and some inspirational children at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) to launch the world’s first pantomime via Skype.
On 13th December, a special performance of Peter Pan from Llandudno’s Venue Cymru will be brought live into the London hospital using Skype. Patients and their families will experience the magic of pantomime as if they were there whilst also having the opportunity to interact live with the cast.
This builds on Skype’s partnership with the largest pantomime producer in the world, Qdos Entertainment, which will see our distinctive sign-in tone and ringtone feature in 24 Christmas productions, right round the UK, in front of an estimated audience of 1.5 million.
Craig Revel Horwood, who is playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 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 in what is a fab-u-lous and unique event. As well as the live broadcast we are thrilled to be raising funds for the Hospital which treats sick children from across the country.”
Joining Craig at GOSH were Isobel Hathaway and Dawn Williams who are starring as Tinkerbell and Wendy respectively in the Venue Cymru pantomime. Paul Nicholas, who stars as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the White Rock Theatre Hastings, also appeared via Skype. Craig, Isobel and Dawn met a number of patients and their families, including five year old Xavier Delcambre who has end of stage renal failure, meaning his kidneys no longer function. Although a little scared at first seeing the real-life Captain Hook on screen, Xavier soon became very excited, demanding to know where Peter Pan was and looking up to the sky when he was told he was flying over the hospital.
The cast did a fantastic job in building excitement for the big event on December 13th and we can’t wait to share a bit of pantomime magic with such inspiring children.