Panto off to flying start thanks to Dale Farm

The Grand Opera House has announced Dale Farm will return as the official sponsor of this year’s high-flying pantomime, Peter Pan.

Ireland’s largest dairy producer will host the event which runs from December 2 until January 14.

The 2017 production is set to be Northern Ireland’s most successful pantomime on record, with over 70,000 tickets already sold ahead of the opening night on Saturday December 2.

Celebrating her 20th consecutive year of pantomime at the Grand Opera House, Mat McFettridge will lead the star-studded cast, appearing alongside Coronation Street’s Claire King, double Olivier award-winning David Bedella as Captain Hook and Northern Ireland’s own Mikey Jay-Heath in the title role.

But the all-star cast isn’t the only thing that has visitors hooked. Dale Farm, the official ice-cream supplier to the venue, saw the ‘performance’ of ice cream sales during panto season jump by 2- per cent in 2016, based on the same period the previous year.

Commenting on the sponsorship, James Hempton, commercial director of 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.”


Our feature image shows May McFettridge, celebrating her 28th consecutive year of pantomime at the Grand Opera House, pictured alongside Mikey Jay-Heath playing the title role of Peter Pan and Caroline Martin, Head of Marketing at Dale Farm, sponsor of this year’s pantomime.



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