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Inspired by the beautiful and devastatingly sad Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Little Match Girl, and combining Andersen's other tales, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes and Thumbelina, The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales reveals a spellbinding world of magic and mystery.
Steeped in the metaphor and meaning that runs through the veins of Andersen's enduring stories, this will be a night to delight, transport and surprise.
For adults and brave children alike, expect music, puppetry, dark magic ... and perhaps some modern truths that we would all rather remain hidden.
After a triumphant run in 2016, The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales will once again have you crying with laughter and laughing through tears.
'She drew out a match - 'Scratch!'
How it sputtered as it burnt!
It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her freezing hand over it.
It was really a wonderful light'.
As our destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm.
Each match will conjure a new story, a new vision, and we will hold her hand as we tumble down the rabbit hole together.
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London SE1 9DT
Performance days & times
Fixed Position Standing: £10
Seated: £20 - £48
Premium Tickets: £62
Saturday 14 April, 2‑00pm
Thursday 19 April, 7‑30pm
Saturday 7 April, 2‑00pm
Author: Writen by Joel Horwood, from the stories by Hans Christian Andersen and Other Storytellers, and adapted by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice
Composer: Stephen Warbeck
Lyricist: Stephen Warbeck
Director: Emma Rice
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Musical direction: Ian Ross
Choreography: Etta Murfitt and Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Sound: Simon Baker
Puppetry: Puppet Director - Sarah Wright
Puppet Designer - Lyndie Wright
Production: Shakespeare's Globe and Bristol Old Vic co-production