Aladdin panto to bring joy to NHS staff and patients in Doncaster this Christmas

NHS staff and patients in Doncaster are invited to enjoy the adventure and magic of Aladdin with a virtual performance of the popular pantomime.

Cast, which is hosting the classic musical tale, will provide a link for NHS staff and patients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) to watch the performance online and share in the fun.

Staff and patients will be virtually taken on a dazzling magic carpet ride full of adventure, comical moments, mischief and mayhem during the performance. The pantomime tells the story of Aladdin falling in love with Princess Jasmine and meeting the mysterious genie of the lamp – all while trying to save the world from the cunning sorcerer.

In previous years, Cast have streamed a showing of their annual panto to both hospitals for staff and patients to watch together. This year, by providing a web link, patients can be entertained with festive fun in a safe and socially distanced way.


Deborah Rees, director at Cast, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our fun-filled Aladdin pantomime to patients and the tireless NHS staff in Doncaster this Christmas.


“Previously, we have arranged a stream of the show for everyone to watch it together, but we realised that might not be possible this year with social distancing requirements. By providing a link, staff and patients can still enjoy this vibrant show in a safe way and take part in a cherished Christmas tradition.”


Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair of the Board at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), said: “Following a pause last year as a result of COVID, I am delighted that we have been able to work with Cast in Doncaster once again to bring a bit of festive cheer to our patients. Throughout the Christmas holiday season our staff try their very best to cheer up those in our care, especially if they are missing being at home. We hope that by screening this pantomime we will share a little bit of the seasonal spirit with our patients. Thank you Cast and Merry Christmas to all!”


Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “This is a lovely early Christmas gift for our colleagues who have worked so incredibly hard throughout the year.  I’m sure our staff and their children will have some family fun and enjoy this virtual panto.”


For further information about the pantomime or to book tickets for the show that runs until December 31 click here