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Grand Opera House panto off to a flying start

The Grand Opera House has announced the return of Dale Farm, NI's largest dairy producer, as the sponsor of this year’s high-flying panto, Peter Pan

The Grand Opera House has announced the return of Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s largest dairy producer, as the official sponsor of this year’s high-flying panto, Peter Pan.

The 2017 production is on course to be Northern Ireland’s most successful pantomime ever with 70,000 tickets already sold ahead of opening night on Saturday 2 December. Celebrating her 28th consecutive year of pantomime at the Grand Opera House, May McFettridge will lead the star-studded cast, starring alongside Coronation Street’s Claire King, double Olivier award-winning David Bedella as Captain Hook and Northern Ireland’s own Mikey Jay-Heath playing the title role of Peter Pan.

The all-star cast isn’t the only thing that has visitors to the panto hooked. Dale Farm, official ice-cream supplier to the venue, saw the ‘performance’ of ice cream sales during panto season jump by 20% in 2016, based on the same period the previous year.

Talking about the sponsorship, Jason Hempton, Commercial Director – Branded Products at Dale Farm said:

“Dale Farm is delighted to sponsor Northern Ireland’s biggest panto for the second year running! The pantomime brings so much enjoyment to families from across Northern Ireland and we are proud that Dale Farm plays a starring role in this festive tradition. The clock is ticking so make sure and get your tickets – and don’t forget your Dale Farm ice-cream at the interval.”

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