A family show for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale
Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December, 7pm – The Mission Theatre, Bath
International theatre company The Last Baguette are bringing this Christmas classic to The Mission Theatre, Bath. The Wiltshire-based company bring theatre artists from around the world to work at Pound Arts in Corsham to create high quality touring theatre.
The Little Match Girl is a touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show for all the family. In this magic, humorous and poignant show, The Last Baguette use visual storytelling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale. The script is written by T. A. Woodsmith, winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award.
The Last Baguette are company in residence at Pound Arts, Corsham and make fast-paced, irreverent physical comedy. Their work is entertaining, accessible and eccentric. In 2016 the company toured Dracula, a Terrifying Comedy throughout October to sell-out audiences. It was “a spinetinglingly funny production!” said an audience member from Stroud Subscription Rooms.
This year the company returns with an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. “It is a wonderful story” says director Susana Alcantud from Spain, “it goes right to the heart of what Christmas means.”
In the show we follow Alice, a match seller in Victorian London. We meet her in the morning and follow her throughout her day, as she encounters funny and zany characters on the vibrant city streets. When Alice is cold, she strikes a match and the stage transforms. We enter the fantastic world of Alice’s imagination, with talking turkeys, dancing rats and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their chattering Christmas tree.
The Last Baguette specialise in creating touring work that can be performed in a wide variety of venues. ‘We are performing in local libraries and village halls as well as theatres, because we believe it is important that everyone has access to high quality theatre, no matter your geographic or economic situation” says Sidney Robb, producer. The company is touring to venues in Wiltshire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and the West Midlands.
The project is supported by Arts Council England, Corsham Town Council, The Wallace Curzon Charitable Trust, The Jack Lane Trust, The Elmgrant Trust and Wiltshire Council through the Local Youth Networks.
“A fun-filled family show with humour and love… It’s a must-see for people of any age” Grace Spencer, Air in G on What’s the Matter?
“Last Baguette are creative, clever and accessible” Tracy Sullivan – Director, Town Hall Arts Trowbridge
For booking information or to find out more about the project, the theatre company’s website is: www.thelastbaguette.com or contact us on