Shakespeare's Globe

The Little Matchgirl [2017]

Written by: Hans Christian Andersen
Directed by: Emma Rice
Adapted by: Joel Horwood & Emma Rice

She drew out a match – ‘Scratch!’ How it sputtered as it burnt! It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her freezing hand over it. It was really a wonderful light


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.  

After a triumphant run in 2016, The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales once again has audiences crying with laughter and laughing through tears.


  • Designer Vicki Mortimer
  • Composer & Additional Lyrics Stephen Warbeck
  • Choreographers Etta Murfitt and Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster
  • Sound Designer Simon Baker
  • Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
  • Puppet Director Sarah Wright
  • Puppet Designer Lyndie Wright
  • Musical Director Ian Ross

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