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Press Release: The Little Match Girl, Lilian Baylis Studio, Saturday 13 December 2014 - Sunday 4 January 2015

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Arthur Pita
The Little Match Girl 

Saturday 13 December 2014 - Sunday 4 January 2015
Performances: times vary
Tickets: £8.50 - £16, £6 schools tickets available
Ticket office: 0844 412 4322 or www.sadlerswells.com


***** "Magical. Wonderfully inventive. A gem" The Observer


Celebrated choreographer Arthur Pita brings his magical dance theatre show The Little Match Girl to Sadler's Wells this Christmas. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, this tale of a young street girl's hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original live music. The show runs at the Lilian Baylis Studio from Saturday 13 December – Sunday 4 January.


A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve, 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, she 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?


Arthur Pita returns to Sadler's Wells following the huge success of Mischief, a family show created in collaboration with Theatre Rites, which also enjoyed a season on Broadway. His recent adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House won Olivier, Southbank Sky Arts and Critics Circle National Dance Awards.


For The Little Match Girl, Pita is reunited with The Metamorphosis composer Frank Moon, who will perform his original score live on stage, with designs by Yann Seabra and lighting designs by Ed Yetton.


Age Guidance: 5+

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