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Theatre Royal Stratford East to live-stream pantomime into local hospitals

Michael Bertenshaw and Julie Yammanee in Rapunzel at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Photo: tristram Kenton Michael Bertenshaw and Julie Yammanee in Rapunzel at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Theatre Royal Stratford East’s pantomime will be live-streamed to nearby hospices and a hospital next week.

Rapunzel will be broadcast live from the east London venue to patients at Newham University Hospital, St Francis Hospice and Richard House Children’s Hospice on December 28.

It is the second year the theatre has broadcast its pantomime, but it is being streamed to more places this year.

Rapunzel is written by Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman and directed by Pooja Ghai, TRSE’s associate director.

In addition to the live stream after Christmas, the production’s cast visited the hospital and hospices last week to meet the staff and patients who will be watching the broadcast.

TRSE artistic director Nadia Fall said: “We’re thrilled that people from all over London return to see our pantos year after year however it is also important for us to reach children in our local community who are not able to make the journey down to the theatre.

“By live streaming Rapunzel to local hospices and hospitals, in Christmas week, we’re continuing our aim to reach as many people as possible who otherwise would not get to see it.”

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