CHILDREN at Rotherham Hospital had a fairytale day when Peter Pan paid them a visit at the launch of the town’s annual Christmas pantomime.
Audiences are set to be thrilled and amused by a host of characters including Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys during the production, set in the magical world of Neverland.
The panto was launched at Rotherham Hospital’s Community Corner, a dedicated meeting area in the hospital’s entrance hall, where the cast put on a mini-performance of selected scenes.
Kids from Leapfrog Nursery, in Moorgate, got into the spirit of the occasion by wearing dressing-up clothes, and sang a nursery rhyme to the cast members before the actors headed to the children’s wards.
They toured the beds meeting young patients, raising their spirits by chatting with them and showing off their colourful costumes.
The cast includes singer Daniel Hope as Peter Pan and local comedian Dean Winters as Smee, while American television personality Mario Vernazza - who was in the film version of The Da Vinci Code - is playing Captain Hook.
The pantomime is happening at the Rotherham Civic Theatre and runs from December 5 to January 13.
Theatre bosses will be hoping for a repeat of the success of the last staging of Peter Pan in 2006, when more than 22,000 tickets were sold during a lengthy run at the Civic.
Adult tickets are priced from £12, and children’s tickets cost from £10.50. Family tickets are also available.
To book visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/theatres or call 01709 823621.