The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales)

Tue 13 Mar to Sat 17 Mar 2018


£30 - £10

Emma Rice’s "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) production comes to the Playhouse following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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. 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.

“An out-and-out triumph. Endlessly inventive, gloriously silly, poignant, topical, edifying”

A Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic Co-Production


Writer Hans Christian Andersen and Other Storytellers

Writer and Co-Adaptor Joel Horwood

Director and Co-Adaptor Emma Rice

Designer Vicki Mortimer



The Little Matchgirl

Reviewing The Little Matchgirl

Find out what the audiences have been saying about The Little Matchgirl following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Creating The Little Matchgirl

Vicki Mortimer (Designer), Sarah Wright (Puppet Director), Edie Edmundson (Puppeteer), Ian Penny (Workshop Coordinator) and Andy Scrivens (Master Carpenter) discuss the process involved in creating The Little Matchgirl.

Exploring The Little Matchgirl

The cast and creative team behind The Little Matchgirl explore the "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) production, which is coming to the Playhouse this year.

Schools project

Work on a story from The Little Matchgirl to produce work for display and performance in the Playhouse
For Primary schools
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