Festival & King’s Theatres and the City of Edinburgh Council give looked after children a trip to the theatre this Christmas

The below press release was issued by the Festival & King's Theatres on 20 December 2012.

The Festival & King's Theatres have partnered with the City of Edinburgh Council to give some of the city's most vulnerable children a special present this Christmas.

The Festival City Theatres Trust, which manages both theatres, has donated 500 complimentary tickets to the Council so that children and their carers can attend a Christmas show.

Children will be able to see one of two magical shows over the festive period - The Snowman at the Festival Theatre, and this year's King's Theatre Panto, Mother Goose. The tickets are spread over a range of performances running into the New Year.

Tickets will be distributed by the City Council's Children & Families department to those within their care. 'Looked after children' include those in foster care, in residential care, or in local hospitals. 

Festival & King's Theatre Chief Executive Duncan Hendry said:

"We work closely with the Council throughout the year and wanted to be able to offer something at Christmas that can be enjoyed by the many children that they look after. We hope that the children enjoy the performances and have a wonderful trip to our theatres this Christmas."

Councillor Paul Godzik, Convenor of the Council's Education, Children and Families Committee said:

"I am really pleased that the Festival & King's Theatres have been able to offer these tickets.  I'm sure that the children who are now getting the opportunity to go to one of these performances are very excited and will have a great time when they do. "

The Snowman is based on the book of the same name by Raymond Briggs and the classic Channel 4 film. The stage show also features Howard Blake's much-loved song 'Walking in the Air' and is performed by Birmingham Reparatory Theatre at the Festival Theatre until 30 December 2012.

This year's King's Panto is Mother Goose, starring Edinburgh favourites Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott. Mother Goose is at the King's Theatre until 20 January 2013.

For further information please contact:
Liz Wallace, Press & PR Manager, liz.wallace@edtheatres.com;0131 622 8088.

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