Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, directed by Emma Rice

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Inspired by Andersen’s beautiful and devastating tale, and incorporating several of his other beloved stories – ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – it is written by the award-winning Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, Mikey the Pikey, Food, I Heart Peterborough).

The role of Ole Shuteye will be played by Paul Hunter. Paul’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes The Mystery Plays, Much Ado About Nothing, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Under the Black Flag. Other recent theatre includes Gaslight (Northampton Theatre), The Fantasticks (West End) and Rapunzel (Kneehigh). Paul is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Told by An Idiot. Recent credits with them include The Fahrenheit Twins (Barbican/ Tour) and The Perfect Mind (Young Vic). Screen credits include, for Warner Brothers, The Jungle Book and Pan, for Disney, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Cinderella and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Marvellous (BBC).

Akiya Henry will play (amongst other roles) Thumbelina’s Mother and the Princess in ‘The Princess and the Pea’. Akiya’s previous work for the Globe includes Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank), Coriolanus and Under the Black Flag. Other recent theatre includes Sense of an Ending (Theatre 503), Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre), Words, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V (Shakespeare in a Suitcase/ RSC, New York), Coram Boy (National Theatre) and Skellig (Young Vic). Screen credits include Silent Witness (BBC), Casualty (BBC) and Little Britain (BBC).

The role of Thumbelina (amongst other roles) will be played by Bettrys Jones. Bettrys’ recent theatre includes We Want You to Watch (National Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales), Edward II, Warhorse (National Theatre / West End), The Mouse and his Child, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors (RSC) and Sixty Six Books (Bush Theatre). Screen credits include Alice (Ruby Films), Private Peaceful (Fluidity Films) and Little Bird (Litmus Pictures).

Japjit Kaur will be lead vocalist in the show. Japjit’s recent theatre credits include Nirbaya (Assembly Festival / World Tour – winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech, Edinburgh Fringe and Herald Angels Awards), The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Empress (Kneehigh / RSC) and Wah Wah Girls (Sadler’s Wells). As a musician her credits include Vocal Music Director for Dara (National Theatre), Singer for England People Very Nice (National Theatre) and Musical Director for Olivier Award Winning Rafta Rafta (National Theatre).

Swallow, Soldier (and other parts) will be played by Kyle Lima. Kyle’s recent theatre includes The Last Mermaid (Wales Millennium Center), World Cup Final 1966 (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic / US Tour) and Flyboy’s (Chapter Theatre Arts). Screen credits include Merlin (BBC) and Burn Burn Burn (Burn Productions).

Jack Shalloo will play Mole and the Prince in ‘The Princess and the Pea’ (amongst other roles). Jack’s recent theatre credits include Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Neal Street Productions), Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal) and Hamlet: The Musical (Royal and Derngate/ Richmond Theatre). His screen credits include Dickensian (BBC), The Interceptor (BBC) and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (BBC).

Edie Edmundson is the Puppeteer for the Little Matchgirl. Edie’s recent theatre credits include The Old Woman Made of Stardust (Theatre N16), Houseplay (Edinburgh Fringe 2015), Wondering Hands presents Sex and Puppets (Pleasance Theatre / Brainchild Festival) and Brer Rabbit Meets Brer Santa (Movingstage Marionette Theatre).

The full cast comprises Edie Edmundson, Akiya Henry, Paul Hunter, Bettrys Jones, Japjit Kaur, Kyle Lima and Jack Shalloo.