The Little Match Girl | Visit Canterbury

The Little Match Girl

Image of actors on set during The Little Match Girl performance
  • Date: 6th December 2017 - 10th December 2017
  • Every day
  • Location: Gulbenkian Theatre University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB
  • Cost: £1 - £12

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live.

A dance theatre adaptation inspired by the tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.

Following a sell-out season at Sadler’s Wells last year, celebrated director & choreographer Arthur Pita returns on tour with his magical dance theatre show, The Little Match Girl.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live on stage.

A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve. Pacing the darkening streets with just one final match flame to keep her warm, the little match girl sees a vision of her beloved Grandmother, who guides her up into the night sky, to the shining moon. Now, on a clear night, if you look closely, you might see the light of a shooting star, or is it a match burning brightly?

Arthur Pita’s beautifully inventive approach to storytelling has excited huge critical and public acclaim. Recent successes include: A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ballet Black for which he was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and his adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House which won Olivier, Southbank Sky Arts and Critics Circle National Dance Awards.

Pre-book your parking for The Little Match Girl on Thursday 7th or Friday 8thDecember.

We understand that weekday parking for our events at Gulbenkian can be difficult, so for The Little Match Girl we are offering you the opportunity to pre-book a parking space in the Giles Lane Car Park which is a few minutes’ walk from Gulbenkian.

Each parking time slot will last 2.5hours. This gives you up to an hour before the start of the performance to come and use our Café, and approximately half an hour after the show to collect your car. We ask that you respect this time frame so that spaces are made available for customers attending later performances.

These pre-booked spaces are limited and priced at £3.60 per 2.5hr slot. Customers without a pre-booked space can use any of the Pay and Display Car Parks on campus as usual, priced at £2 for up to 3 hours. Note that the furthest of the Pay and Display car parks (down by Oaks Nursery) is approximately a 30minute walk from Gulbenkian if you are walking with young children.

To book your space, call our Tickets and Information team on 01227 769075quoting your sale reference number. If our phone lines are busy, please email us (boxoffice@kent.ac.uk) with your request and your phone number and one of the team will get back to you.