intu Trafford Centre to stage free star-studded pantomime to help local charity

The intu Trafford Centre, the most iconic retail centre in the UK, continues to make its name as the best known leisure centre for families – especially at Christmas time.

It will be staging a cracker of a free pantomime featuring a whole host of TV faces for shoppers to enjoy this year.

The show, The Elf That Saved Christmas,  has been devised by friends of Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and Luke Roskell to raise awareness and funds for the third year running for Once Upon A Smile, the Trafford Centre’s partner charity.

Once Upon A Smile supports bereaved families in the area – 80 of whom will be enjoying the free show this Sunday.

The Fairy Tale of Manchester created for the charity Once Upon a Smile and performed at the Intu Trafford Centre

Taking place on the stage in the Orient on Sunday 4 December at 1pm, Danny and Luke will be joined on stage by fellow actors Reece Douglas of Waterloo Road, Dean Smith from Last Tango in Halifax and Kimberley Hart-Simpson from Mount Pleasant.

Daniel Jillings, actor and co-founder of Once Upon A Smile, said: The Elf That Saved Christmas has everything a children’s pantomime should have – action, drama, comedy and a lot of silliness.

“We work closely with intu Trafford Centre every year and the pantomime is a fantastic way to promote the charity and also raise some much-needed funds for our families at Christmas time.”

Richard Paxton, general manager at intu Trafford Centre, said: “It’s incredibly important to support the children being helped by Once Upon A Smile and a free panto not only raises money, but puts a smile on their faces. It’s always a great show and we hope everyone turns out to enjoy it.”

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