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Thespian: Branagh will appear with other stars in audio play for the GOSH charity

Thespian: Branagh will appear with other stars in audio play for the GOSH charity

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Thespian: Branagh will appear with other stars in audio play for the GOSH charity

Stage and screen stars including Sir Kenneth Branagh and Olivia Colman have lent their voices to an audio play of Peter Pan in support of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children's Charity.

Author JM Barrie donated the copyright of the works to the hospital in 1929, but with theatres closed and Christmas shows on hold due to Covid-19, its charity is missing out on its annual income from royalties and donations.

The retelling will feature contributions from Sharon D Clarke, Joanna Riding, Bertie Carvel, Jane Horrocks, Jason Flemyng, Clive Rowe and more.

Adapted by Shaun McKenna, the production will also feature an original score by Annabelle Brown.

Barrie's tale of a free-spirited young boy who never grows up will be presented in four 30-minute chapters, all rehearsed over Zoom and recorded remotely.

Members of the GOSH Young People's Forum, including patients currently undergoing treatment and former patients, will also perform alongside the professional cast.

Money from the production will go towards the GOSH Charity to fund medical research, equipment, support services for children and families and rebuilding and refurbishment.

Liz Tait, director of fundraising at GOSH Charity, said: "We are so grateful to the many stars who lent their voices to this creative audio adaptation of the timeless story of Peter Pan, alongside children and young people from the hospital whose contribution helped bring this tale to life in such a unique way.

"One hundred per cent of proceeds from the downloads will help us support seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and we truly hope that the families listening in the lead up to Christmas enjoy the comfort of storytelling together, after the challenging year everyone has faced.

"Thanks to everyone who downloads this adaptation, and to all those involved in its creation."

The audio play is available on iTunes from Sunday, December 20.

It was recently reported that Belfast born Branagh's latest Agatha Christie film has been postponed by Disney. Both it and a Ryan Reynolds comedy were moved from the 2020 schedule.

Belfast Telegraph


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