Special panto performance for 600 disabled or disadvantaged children across Oxfordshire

Six hundred disabled or disadvantaged children and their families will be enjoying a performance of the classic pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, this Christmas in a special performance arranged by Oxfordshire Freemasons.

The children will be attending the Playhouse Theatre in Oxford on Tuesday December 10 where they will be greeted by a dozen pantomime dames and Santa’s elves – all played by local freemasons. Ice cream, chocolate and a goody bag will be part of the fun.

Dignitaries from across Oxfordshire will also be attending, including the High Sherriff of Oxfordshire, Lady Jay of Ewelme CBE, and more than a dozen local mayors and councilors from Oxford and surrounding boroughs.

Beauty and the Beast will be the seventh annual pantomime that Oxfordshire Freemasons have arranged for local disabled and disadvantaged children. Each year the Oxford Playhouse puts on a special performance of their Christmas show at a cost of £8,500 for the afternoon.

Roger Hampshire of Oxfordshire Freemasons said: “Even in this age of the internet and video games, children enjoy the magic of pantomime just as much today as they did a century ago – and so do the grown-ups! It’s a highlight of the year for Oxfordshire freemasons, and this year’s show promises to be the best yet.”

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