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A Shakespeare's Globe and Bristol Old Vic co-production

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

From the story by Hans Christian Andersen and Other Storytellers
Writer and co-adaptor Joel Horwood
Director and co-adaptor Emma Rice

Minerva TheatreTickets
Family Friendly
Price: from £20


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


Theatre to snuggle down into on a frosty night


Emma Rice’s ‘exquisite’ (Daily Telegraph) production comes to Chichester 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 Matchgirl, 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.

Globe B Old Vic.

Prologue members tickets on sale
Saturday 16 September

Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Joel Horwood

Writer and co-adaptor

Emma Rice

Director and co-adaptor

Access performances

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Age Guidance 
Age 9+