Strike a light! The Little Match Girl returns to Sadler’s Wells

The Little Match Girl

Arthur Pita’s enchanting and festive dance show, The Little Match Girl, returns to London this Christmas, playing at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, until January 3.

The production, suitable for all ages, returns to Sadler’s Wells following its sell-out Christmas run last year.

A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve in an imaginary Italian town, where the little match girl paces the emptying streets trying to sell her matches.

Cold, hungry and with just one final match flame to keep her warm, she sees a vision of her beloved grandmother.

Leaving her troubled life behind, the little match girl is guided up into the night sky by her grandmother who takes her to the moon.

Now, on a clear night, if you look closely, you might see the light of a shooting star, or is it a match burning brightly?

Pita, an award-winning director and choreographer, has created a festive treat for families. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this tale of a young street girl’s hopes and dreams is told through dance, song and original live music.

Corey Annand reprises her role as the little match girl. She is joined by fellow original cast members Valentina Golfieri, Frank Moon and Angelo Smimmo, with Faith Prendergast, Karl Fagerlund Brekke and Nuno Queimado playing alternating roles.

The show opens at the Lilian Baylis Studio on December 12 after a brief regional tour to Dance City Newcastle (December 1-5) and, after Christmas, to The Lowry, Salford Quays (January 16-17) and DanceEast, Ipswich (January 22-23).

Watch a clip of the 2014 production:

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