I recently went to Sadler's Wells to watch celebrated choreographer Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl, the dance adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic 19th century story. Set in an imaginary Italian city, Fiammetta, the little match girl living on the streets, sells her matches on a freezing cold Christmas Eve.
She encounters both good and bad, as she's left with nothing but a few matches to keep her warm. The snowy stage is set in front of the shining moon and rows of lit houses, with original live music from composer Frank Moon to the side, as the small cast of 11 bring the magical tale to life through dance and song. It's an inventive, entertaining family show with a lovely message, on until 4 January.
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Lilian Avenue, London, EC1R
13 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015