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Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage presents Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl

Available to rent until Tuesday 4 January 2022 at 12 pm (noon) GMT

Rentals from £5
Audio described version and closed captions available
Rental gives you unlimited access until Thursday 6 January 2022 at 12 pm (noon) GMT

The cast of The Little Match Girl perform on stage. The Little Match Girl reaches out to the Donnarumma family in hopes of selling them some matches, they lean back in disgust.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story is magically retold by Ballo Arthur Pita through dance, song and atmospheric live music in this enchanting production, specially filmed for audiences 5+ to experience on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage.

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Running time: 1 hour 7 minutes

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Running time: 1 hour 7 minutes


The specially shot film grabs you immediately…taking you right into the action, letting you really see the characters.


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A person dressed as an astronaut carries the little match girl who has her arms out and her legs up, on a purple background
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On an icy night in a small Italian village under the glow of the moon, the little match girl balances on the shoulder of a lamp lighter. They both smile in amazement.
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A timeless fable is brought to life on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage for the festive season!

Experience Arthur Pita’s magical storytelling in this dance-theatre production of The Little Match Girl, specially filmed for audiences 5+ to enjoy from home.

On an icy cold Christmas eve in an imaginary Italian town, the little match girl wanders the streets with just one final match to keep her warm. Along her journey she encounters kindness and cruelty in a fable about family, friendship and hope.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, beautifully reimagined through dance, song and Frank Moon’s atmospheric music, The Little Match Girl will enthrall children and their adults alike.

★★★★★  Magical. Wonderfully inventive and poignant.


How to access the film

How do I access the film?

The film is available to rent from anywhere in the world until Tuesday 4 January 2022 at 12 pm (noon) GMT. The earlier you rent, the longer your access period. Once rented, you will have unlimited access to play the film as many times as you like until Thursday 6 January 2022 at 12 pm (noon) GMT.

To rent the film:
• go to the top of this page and select the version you wish to play: ‘The Little Match Girl’ or ‘Audio Described The Little Match Girl (English)’
• log in or create an account on Digital Stage
• enter your card details and pay
You’ll then have immediate access to play the film you selected as many times as you like until 12 pm (noon) GMT on 6 January 2022.

To access your film once you’ve rented, go to the productions page and log in with Sadler’s Wells account details you used to make your purchase. Once you log in, the film will appear in your library on Digital Stage.

Are captions and audio descriptions available for The Little Match Girl?

Yes. When the film starts, you can turn on the captions on within the video player settings. You can do this by clicking on the button labelled ‘CC’ at the bottom right of the player window. These captions have been created in English. As with the intention of the production, singing and speech in Italian and Neapolitan is transcribed, not translated.
For audio description in English, you will need to rent ‘Audio Described The Little Match Girl (English)’. The audio description will load automatically as part of the film.

How much does it cost to rent The Little Match Girl?

Rentals are available for between £5 and £25; you can select the price point that feels right for you during this festive season. To help you decide, we’ve indicated a recommended price and any amount you pay over that enables Sadler’s Wells to continue to make and share dance.

What confirmation will I receive once I rented the film?

Once you have rented, you will be able to access your film from the productions page. Via email you will also receive two emails: one is a receipt of purchase and the other is an email with helpful links and reminders on how to access your film. Please note, these emails may take up to ten minutes after your purchase to arrive in your inbox, but your film will be available to play immediately after your purchase.

If I rent the film towards the end of the rental period (for example on 4 January 2022), how long do I have access?

The earlier you rent, the longer your access period. Each rental, no matter when you purchase it, gives you access to play the film as many times as you like until Thursday 6 January 2022 at 12 pm (noon) GMT. Therefore, if you purchase on the final day, you will still have access for at least 48 hours.

I am logged in on Sadler’s Wells website, why am I asked to log in again to rent or access my film?

Due to technical limitations, we don’t currently have a single login experience between your account on the Sadler’s Wells website and Digital Stage. We are working on this, but in the meantime, you will need to login again when you want to rent or access films you have paid for on Digital Stage.

Which devices will I be able to play the film on?

You will be able to play the film on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone. You might also be able to play it on your TV using an HDMI table or by casting it to myTV.

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Director & Choreographer – Arthur Pita
Performers – Corey Annand, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Frank Moon, Faith Prendergast & Angelo Smimmo
Composer – Frank Moon
Set & Costume Designer – Yann Seabra
Associate Director – Valentina Golfieri
Lighting Designer – Ed Yetton
Relighter – Carly Hook
Production Manager – Mihaly Bekesi
Deputy Stage Manager – Carly Hook
Assistant Stage Manager – Roan Torrance
Executive Producer for Ballo Arthur Pita – Matthew Jones
Admin Producer for Ballo Arthur Pita – Roberta Spicer
Audio Description – Julia Grundy

Originally commissioned by DanceEast
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
This film adaptation is commissioned by Sadler’s Wells
Filmed and edited by TMAX Films