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

No longer available on Digital Stage

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.

This film is no longer available on Digital Stage.

An unrestrained burst of creativity, dance company Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl is a richly imaginative take on the fairytale original.


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.




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