A tonic for sick children as Sleeping Beauty stars visit

They're behind you: Damian Williams reads the Night Before Christmas to children as the cast of Sleeping Beauty visit Sheffield Children's Hospital.                  PHOTOS: GLENN ASHLEY
They're behind you: Damian Williams reads the Night Before Christmas to children as the cast of Sleeping Beauty visit Sheffield Children's Hospital. PHOTOS: GLENN ASHLEY
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A WICKED queen and a beautiful princess cheered poorly youngsters with story time when they visited wards at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The cast of classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty took a break from rehearsing for shows at The Lyceum theatre to call in to back the hospital charity’s Christmas Theatres appeal.

Spell-binding: Alisa gets to meet Wicked Queen Margi Clark.

Spell-binding: Alisa gets to meet Wicked Queen Margi Clark.

Damian Williams, who plays Nurse Nellie, read The Night Before Christmas to enthralled children before fellow actors toured the wards.

Fundraiser Tonya Kennedy said: “The cast were fantastic at cheering up our patients – I’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of all of them.

“It’s wonderful to have the panto cast supporting our appeal. All the money will support the hospital’s theatres, where 11,000 operations are performed each year, changing lives every day.”

Family favourite Sleeping Beauty – which tells the story of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years until the kiss of true love – is at The Lyceum until January 8.

Actress Margi Clarke, who plays the wicked queen, said: “I was so impressed by the standard of care at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. All the people surrounding these children are bringing vitality of life back to them.”