The Little Match Girl at Sadler's Wells for Christmas

Published: 9 October 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Corey Claire Annand in The Little Match Girl Credit: Phil Conrad
Corey Claire Annand and Valentina Golfieri in The Little Match Girl Credit: Phil Conrad

The Little Match Girl, directed and choreographed by Arthur Pita, will return to Sadler’s Wells main stage this Christmas, following five festive seasons at the Lilian Baylis Studio, playing 16 performances 17–27 December 2020.

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 1,550-seat Sadler’s Wells Theatre which has the space required for social distancing."

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Little Match Girl is a tale of a young street girl's hopes and dreams told through dance, song and Frank Moon’s original music. It premièred at DanceEast in November 2013 and has since toured the UK and internationally.

With 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 is performed live on stage by Frank Moon.