Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl comes to Sadler’s Wells Theatre this Christmas

Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl will play a socially distanced run at Sadler’s Wells Theatre this Christmas.

Directed and choreographed by award-winning Arthur Pita, the show will return to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas at the venue’s main stage.

Following five hugely successful festive seasons at the Lilian Baylis Studio, The Little Match Girl will play 16 performances from Thursday December 17 through Sunday December 27, 2020. Tickets go on public sale at 10AM on 15 October online here.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Little Match Girl presents a timeless fable about kindness and helping others. This tale of a young street girl’s hopes and dreams is told through dance, song and Frank Moon’s original atmospheric music performed live on stage.

Arthur Pita said: “It’s been an absolute joy to see The Little Match Girl grow into becoming a festive family favourite since first being performed in 2013. We are fortunate that a smaller scale production like ours can transfer from the 180-seat Lilian Baylis Studio to the larger scale 1550-seat Sadler’s Wells Theatre which has the space required for social distancing.

“We are thrilled that Sadler’s Wells are opening their doors this Christmas and we can’t wait to welcome audiences to see our show performed on the main stage. It is especially meaningful to us that The Little Match Girl can light her flame during these exceptional times.”

Audience capacity at Sadler’s Wells Theatre has been reduced to comply with current guidelines while other safety measures ave also been put into place. If performances have to be cancelled, customers will be contacted as soon as possible and given the option to receive a full refund.

Ticket bookers will be sent full information about all safety measures in advance of the performance, so that they may plan accordingly and feel as secure as possible during their visit.

The Little Match Girl is choreographed and directed by Arthur Pita, with music composed by Frank Moon and set and costume designs by Yann Seabra. The 2020 production reunites long-standing cast members Corey Claire Annand, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Valentina Golfieri (Associate Director), Ashley Morgan-Davies, Faith Prendergast and Angelo Smimmo. Music will be performed live on stage by Frank Moon.

Photo credit: Phil Conrad

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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