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

Available to rent until Sunday 15 January 2023 at 12:00 pm (noon) GMT

Available to rent for £3.50
Audio described version and closed captions available
Rental gives you unlimited access until Sunday 15 January 2023 at 12:00pm (noon) GMT

Part of 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.

A festive tale to make you think. Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story is brought to life in an enchanting dance film for families.

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Running time: 1 hour 7 minutes

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Running time: 1 hour 7 minutes

For Schools!

The Little Match Girl is free to access with an accompanying resource pack for schools. To register your interest please sign up here.

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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 snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas eve, where the little match girl paces the emptying streets, desperately trying to sell her matches.

Along her journey she encounters kindness and cruelty in a fable about family, friendship and hope.

The traditional tale is brought to life with music, dance and some unusual instruments – look out for the theremin!

There’s also a cast of colourful characters, including the greedy Donnarumma family devouring their Christmas feast, a singing grandmother called Nonna Luna and even a dancing astronaut.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this production was created for the stage and has been made into a delightful film for everyone to enjoy.

With a powerful message at its heart, The Little Match Girl reminds us of the importance of kindness and to consider those less fortunate than ourselves. ‘Tis the season of goodwill to all!
Buon Natale!

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


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


How to access the film

To access your film once you’ve rented, go to this page to log in to your account on Digital Stage and your rental will appear in your library.

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

Yes. When the film starts, you can turn on the captions 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?


Schools can access the film for free. To do this, they should register here.

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 cable 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
Marketing & PR for Ballo Arthur Pita – Helen Snell

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