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The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

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

Written and co-adapted by Joel Horwood
Directed and co-adapted by Emma Rice

Emma Rice's "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) production comes to Bristol this Christmas following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare's Globe.

Struggling to keep warm on the freezing winter streets, our impoverished heroine begins to strike her dwindling stock of matches. Each match she strikes conjures a new story, and while it burns she escapes into an enchanting world of magic and mystery. Inspired by the beautiful Hans Christian Andersen tales, we follow her through the spell-binding stories of The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes and Thumbelina.

For adults and brave children alike this will be a truly remarkable theatre experience, full of music, laughter, puppetry and magic which asks us to consider the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

Theatre to snuggle down into on a frosty night""


An exquisite spell of a show...irreverent and funny."


A hilarious and heartbreaking collection of fairy tales."


The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

30 Nov-14 Jan
7pm, 4pm, 2pm, 10am


Ages 8+
Running Time TBC

Press Performance Wed 6 Dec, 7pm

Creative Team
Writer and Co-Adaptor Joel Horwood
Director and Co-Adaptor Emma Rice
Designer Vicki Mortimer
Composer & Additional Lyrics Stephen Warbeck
Choreographer Etta Murfitt
Puppet Director Sarah Wright
Puppet Designer Lyndie Wright

Photography Steve Tanner

@The_Globe | #TheLittleMatchgirl

From the stories by Hans Christian Andersen

Ticket Offers

Family Tickets
20% off family tickets of four* to shows from Sat 9 Dec to Sun 17 Dec, and Tue 2 Jan-Sun 14 Jan
10% off family tickets of four* to shows for peak performances* from Tue 19 Dec to Sun 31 Dec

*Four tickets made up of 2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children. Standard terms and conditions apply. Top 4 price bands only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

Groups of 10+ £4 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 50+ £7 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Not available Wed 20 Dec-Mon 1 Jan.

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Access performances
Signed performance Sat 16 Dec, 2pm
Audio described performance Sat 6 Jan, 2pm with touch tour 12 midday
Relaxed performance Sun 7 Jan, 2pm
Captioned performance Sat 13 Jan, 2pm

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
25% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend. Not available Tue 19 Dec-Sun 31 Dec.

In 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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