18th Aug, 2017

Belgrade Theatre launches appeal to help disadvantaged families see Christmas panto

Lauren Clarke 10th Dec, 2016

COVENTRY theatre-goers are being encouraged to help share the magic of pantomime with less-fortunate city families.

The Belgrade Theatre and Coventry Foodbank have joined forces to raise the money to provide 500 free tickets for disadvantaged children and their parents to watch pantomime Dick Whittington at the theatre.

For children and adults alike, a trip to the see a Christmas pantomime is a memorable experience.

However, it is a luxury many facing hardships, isolation and illness cannot afford.

But the Making Memories initiative hopes to raise £6,840 to treat more than 100 families with a trip to the theatre.

Iain Lauchlan, writer and director of Dick Whittington who will also star as Dame Sarah the Cook, said: “For families facing financial hardship or illness, a trip to the theatre is an unaffordable luxury.

“Making Memories offers them a rare opportunity to spend quality time together and creates memories that can last a lifetime.

“Panto is a chance to escape the challenges of their everyday lives and give them something to look forward to.

“We desperately need your help in order to reach as many families as possible so please give generously.”

Donations to Making Memories can be made online at www.belgrade.co.uk/memories, via the collection buckets at the theatre or by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055.

This year’s Belgrade pantomime, Dick Whittington, is a tale of fame and fortune, heroes and villains, cats and rats for all the family.

It runs on the Main Stage until Saturday, January 7 2017.

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