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The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina and the Emperor’s New Clothes and presented through the framing device of an Edwardian travelling troupe of actors. Puppetry and the Little Match Girl herself bring the stories of Hans Christian Anderson to life in the Bristol Old Vic’s Christmas family production directed by Emma Rice.

It’s a cop-production with Shakespeare’s Globe in London where it has already played in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year pleasing the critics with its “anarchic irreverence, rhyming couplets, a strong belief in the transformative power of storytelling; jaunty, sometimes heartbreaking music, and beguiling magic” according to Lyn Gardner.

The show runs from 30 November to 14 January 2018. For info and tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk