The Little Match Girl
Cold Victorian London and our Little Match Girl is out on the streets selling matches. She is not allowed home with her father until she has sold them. She meets Arthur, a cocky friendly lad who helps her sell her matches and who she begins to rely on as her friend. Through him she dreams of a better life. Will he prove to be her saviour? As she strikes matches to keep warm she is magically transported to a make believe world where her wishes come to life. Could this lead to a future with Arthur that our heroine dreams of?
Premiering forty years ago at the Orange Tree Theatre, it was adapted for television by HTV in 1986 starring Roger Daltrey and Twiggy. The musical includes the songs 'Are you An Angel', 'Queen of the Street' and most famously 'Mistletoe and Wine' which won the musical an Ivor Novello Award and went onto become a No.1 hit Christmas single for Cliff Richard in 1988.
Directed by the musical’s composer Keith Strachan and featuring a score brimming with wit, melody, and emotion, this touching tale of a young street girl’s hopes and dreams provides a heart-warming Christmas message to take into the night.
Book and Lyrics - Jeremy Paul and Leslie Stewart
Music - Keith Strachan
Director - Keith Strachan
Designer - Mike Leopold
Costume Supervisor - Carrie Ann Stein