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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Forever Plaid; Theatre Café Channel; Dick Whittington; Exit the King; Little Match Girl

10 December, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

The Little Match Girl is at Sadler’s Wells

UPSTAIRS at the Gatehouse reopens on Wednesday with Forever Plaid, by Stuart Ross. In 1956, four guys, Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky, meet in high school and love to sing. They get together, rehearse in the basement of a plumbing supply company and dream big, calling themselves, Forever Plaid. Until January 24. For tickets visit:

The next episode of the Theatre Café Theatre Channel, featuring a host of festive songs, will be released on Wednesday, December 23, with Matt Croke and Tosh Wanogho-Maud singing a duet version of Happy Holidays and Let’s Start The New Year Right from Holiday Inn; Sophie-Louise Dann singing We Need A Little Christmas from Mame; Cassidy Janson singing White Christmas; Rachel John singing A Brand New Day from The Wiz; Zizi Strallen singing Turkey Lurkey Time from Promises Promises; and Manon Taris singing Ave Maria Païen from Notre Dame de Paris; The Café Four and Graduates from the ArtsEd class of 2020 singing Seasons of Love from Rent. Visit:

• Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd’s hilarious and heartfelt version of Dick Whittington opens in the socially distanced Olivier theatre on Friday. Directed by Ned Bennett, this inventive production explores what it is like to come from a small town and arrive in a big city today, exploring ideas of community and togetherness. Until January 23. Visit:

Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco is on at Theatro Technis Theatre from December 14 to 20. The king is dying but will not admit it. Four hundred years ago, he could control the weather and move people’s minds. Now he is an old man refusing to accept the inevitable. Visit:

• Christmas is Ruined is playing live at the Cockpit Theatre until Dec 24 and is online until Dec 26. Visit:

Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, will return to Sadler’s Wells on its main stage for the first time. A timeless fable about kindness and helping others and a young street girl’s hopes and dreams unfolds through dance, song and Frank Moon’s original atmospheric music. The production will run for 16 performances from Thursday December 17 to Sunday December 27. Visit:

• The Unicorn Theatre is delighted to announce another inventive online theatrical experience. Huddle is aimed at children aged 2-5 about a slightly anxious daddy penguin looking after his child. It is available for free on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel. Visit:


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