Fun and laughter was the order of the day when Sheffield’s panto stars paid a visit to young hospital patients in the city.
A troupe of famous faces from this year’s Lyceum Theatre show dropped by at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, singing and dancing their way around the wards to spread some festive cheer.
The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk – including Ian ‘H’ Watkins from the pop band Steps – took time out from their busy schedule to meet the poorly youngsters, as well as parents and staff.
Isabelle Blake, aged four, was one of the patients who got the chance to meet the cast, proudly showing off her colouring book to the actors.
Her mum Dawn Roberts-Blake said the group made her daughter’s day.
“Her face beamed as soon as she saw these special visitors,” said Dawn, 34.
“It is really nice to see the cast and Isabelle will be telling everyone about this visit for days.”
The lead role in Jack and the Beanstalk is taken by H, whose heroic character grows a huge plant with a handful of magic beans, and later manages to kill a menacing giant.
“It’s been lovely to meet the children and to see their faces light up,” said H.
Fellow cast members include Sheffield pantomime favourite Damian Williams, who this year dons a dress to play the part of Dame Trot.
Damian has appeared in Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
Audiences are also promised impressive sets, comedy, audience participation and special effects – even including a break-dancing cow.
The pantomime runs until January 5 at the Lyceum, with ticket prices starting at £10. Call 0114 2496000 to book.