The Little Matchgirl

Theatre Royal Plymouth

A Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic Co-Production

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

From the Story by Hans Christian Andersen and Other Storytellers


Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 February 2018 Download Calendar

The Lyric


Emma Rice’s ‘exquisite’ (Daily Telegraph) production comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth 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 the beautiful and devastatingly sad Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Little Match Girl, and combining Andersen’s other tales, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina, The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales) reveals 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.

The Little Matchgirl

An out-and-out triumph. Endlessly inventive, gloriously silly


The Little Matchgirl

Theatre to snuggle down into on a frosty night.

The Guardian

The Little Matchgirl

She drew out a match – ‘Scratch!’ How it sputtered as it burnt! It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her freezing hand over it. It was really a wonderful light.

Age Guidance: For adults and families with children aged 9+
Run Time: 2hrs 5mins approx

Pricing & Concessions

Tue – Thu Evening & Sat Matinee Performances

Price band A: £27
Price band B: £25
Price band E: £15 (restricted view)

Fri & Sat Evening Performances

Price band A: £29
Price band B: £27
Price band E: £19 (restricted view)

Relaxed Performances
Thu 22 Feb 12.30pm
All tickets £10

View our seating map here

Family of 4 Ticket
£75 all performances apart from Thu matinee price bands A & B(maximum of 2 adults, Box Office only)

Family of 3 Ticket
£60 all performances apart from Thu matinee price bands A & B (maximum of 2 adults, Box Office only)

Under 16s, Student, Young Company
£10 off A & B (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

£8 off A & B (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

Over 60s, Disabled, People’s Company
£3.50 off A & B (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

Corporate Members:
£6 off, A & B (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

£10 off A & B (First performance only)

Groups of 10+:
£5 off per ticket, A & B all performances apart from Thu matinee (plus 1 complimentary ticket for bookings 20+)

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets, A & B (Tue – Thu all performances)

Relaxed Performance

Thursday 22nd February 12.30pm

You will notice the following at a relaxed performance:

  • There is an informal atmosphere and patrons can enter and leave the auditorium throughout the show as doors are left open
  • The house lights will stay on
  • Strobe lighting is avoided
  • There will not be any loud bangs or loud music
  • A chill-out zone is available
  • Making noise during the show is not discouraged
  • We have additional staff on hand with Makaton training
  • There are an increased number of wheelchair spaces available

If you know someone who finds the idea of a trip to the theatre daunting and may benefit from a more relaxed environment then let them know about this relaxed performance.

All seats are just £10 please call Box Office on 01752 267222 for more information and to book.

Find out more about our other relaxed performances here.