Hartlepool patients can enjoy panto on TV - oh yes, they can!

Michael Potts as the Idiot, Clive Webb as Councillor Fitzfenwick and Danny Adams as Dick Whittington. Picture by Keith Pattison.
Michael Potts as the Idiot, Clive Webb as Councillor Fitzfenwick and Danny Adams as Dick Whittington. Picture by Keith Pattison.

Hospital patients in Hartlepool will be able to watch a specially screened pantomime from their beds this Christmas for free.

The Newcastle Theatre Royal production of Dick Whittington is screened to their Hospedia hospital TV screens at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The screenings are the brainchild of Newcastle Theatre Royal Trustee, Howard Tait, who said: “It’s wonderful to hear how much the hospital patients, both adults and children, enjoy having the panto to watch and how it brings cheer onto the wards.

“We film it in such a way that those watching get to see close up shots of the actors as well as the general stage view.”

Ben Packman, Hospedia’s strategic development director, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide a platform for the Theatre Royal’s pantomime screening.

“Our aim is to make the patient experience whilst in hospital as enjoyable as possible.”

Chief executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal, Philip Bernays, said: “We are extremely proud to be part of this wonderful initiative part of this wonderful initiative bringing the fun and festive feel-good factor of the Theatre Royal’s pantomime directly to the hospital beds of patients.”

The cast has filmed a special performance of the pantomime, which will be screened for free to 170,000 patients across 180 NHS hospitals, including University Hospital Hartlepool .

The performance will be screened on December 21 for free to everyone with a bedside TV and will be shown at 2pm on channel 36, with repeat screenings at 4pm and 6pm.