Festive enchantment with magical telling of classic tale

The Little Match Girl combines puppetry, Christmas carols and audience interaction

The Little Match Girl combines puppetry, Christmas carols and audience interaction

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A magical and mischievous twist on a well-known tale comes to The Place in Bedford next week.

Puppetry, Christmas carols and audience interaction combine in a joyful retelling of the winter classic The Little Match Girl, originally by Hans Christian Andersen.

The story begins on Christmas Eve, when snow litters the ground and a little girl wanders the streets alone. She is desperate to get warm, so she lights the matches that she has been selling. With each match she is transported by its warmth into the scenes behind the glass. She becomes a part of the festivities, meeting Father Christmas, playing in the snow and eating the most delicious feast, but with the light of each match they fade and are just beyond reach.

Using their unique combination of visual storytelling, live music and object work, theatre company Moon On A Stick transform the stage into a snowy spectacle. The production is suitable for ages three and above.

The show is on Monday at 1.30pm and 4.30pm and on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 or £8 for concessions.

Call 01234 354 321 or visit www.theplacebedford.org.uk to book.