The Little Matchgirl (and other happier tales)

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Emma Rice’s "exquisite" (Telegraph) production comes to Oxford Playhouse 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 Hans Christian Andersen’s beautiful tales, The Little Match Girl, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina reveal 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.

Duration: 2 hours 10mins with interval

  • Tue 13 Feb 7:30 PM £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00 - Members 50% Off
  • Wed 14 Feb 2:00 PM £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Wed 14 Feb 7:30 PM Captioned

    Captioned performances are excellent for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. In these performances, the text of the performance is displayed above and to the side of the stage. They may also be of interest for those whose first language isn’t English and for anyone who finds it helpful to follow the text during a show.

    £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Thu 15 Feb 2:00 PM £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Thu 15 Feb 7:30 PM £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Fri 16 Feb 7:30 PM £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Sat 17 Feb 2:00 PM Audio Described

    Audio described performances are designed for blind or partially sighted audience members. Via headphones, a live narrator describes the action in the pauses between the onstage dialogue.  Touch tours accompany audio described performances

    £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00 - Members 50% Off
  • Sat 17 Feb 7:30 PM £25.00/£20.00/£15.00/£10.00

Emma Rice uses her imaginative storytelling to create a show that will warm your heart on a chilly day.

Laura Elliot
Programme Director

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

From the stories by Hans Christian Andersen
Writer and Co-Adaptor Joel Horwood
Director and Co-Adaptor Emma Rice
Designer Vicki Mortimer

Book Tickets

  • Tue 13 February 7:30 PM
  • Wed 14 February 2:00 PM
  • Wed 14 February 7:30 PM
  • Thu 15 February 2:00 PM
  • Thu 15 February 7:30 PM
  • Fri 16 February 7:30 PM
  • Sat 17 February 2:00 PM

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

Captioned performance Wed 14 Feb 7.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 17 Feb at 2pm | Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Age guideline: 8+. This show contains some upsetting themes - if you would like more information please email the box office.

  • An out-and-out triumph. Endlessly inventive, gloriously silly, poignant, topical, edifying.
       
    WhatsOnStage
  • An exquisite spell of a show...irreverent and funny
       
    Daily Telegraph
  • Theatre to snuggle down into on a frosty night
       
    Guardian

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