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Sleeping Beauty cast bring panto cheer to Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

The cast of Sleeping Beauty have paid a festive visit to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The pantomime stars - who are currently performing at Belfast Waterfront - met with the children and performed two songs from the show.

Gary Crossan, who plays panto baddie, Maleficent, said of their visit: “Seeing the faces of the kids when we began to sing was priceless. 

"There was one baby who you could just tell is going to be a performer - she was dancing throughout the whole song and clapping.”

Nuala Davies, who plays Fairy Stardust, added: “It really just puts your life into perspective when you realise some of those kids will be in hospital all over Christmas.”

“It’s great to be able to do something for children who can’t make it to see the panto,” said Gavin Peden, who plays the Prince.

Following their visit to the hospital, GBL Productions - the production company behind Sleeping Beauty - have said they are already planning their visit for 2018.

Assistant Producer, Liam McMullan, said: “The team of nurses and the entertainment management team in the hospital do so much and we wanted to help them by bringing some unexpected joy to children who may not be able to see panto this year.”

Sleeping Beauty runs at Belfast Waterfront until 7 January.

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