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Five striking reasons you need to see Striking 12 at the Union Theatre

Discover why you definitely need to check out this thrilling new musical

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The acclaimed festive pop musical inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl is arriving at the Union Theatre this Christmas, and here are five reasons we're excited.

1. Declan Bennett

Audiences raved when he played Jesus in Regents Park's Jesus Christ Superstar, and we all fell for him as Guy in Once in the West End. Declan's stunning vocals are no secret to musical fans, but might be a surprise to those who know him from EastEnders – they are definitely not to be missed!

2. Bronté Barbé

Bronté has come a long way since her Dorothy days on BBC's Over the Rainbow, and recently wowed the country as Carole King in the UK tour of Beautiful. In Striking 12, she plays The Match Girl.

3. GrooveLily's gorgeous pop score

The New York Times proclaimed the score ‘terrific' when the show first played Off-Broadway. You don't have to take their word for it, have a listen – we promise you this is your next stagey obsession.

4. Hans Christian Andersen

Striking 12 is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's classic short story The Little Match Girl. This acclaimed musical gives it a fresh, funny and modern twist told through the eyes of an overworked New Yorker who has a chance encounter with a lightbulb seller that changes his life.

5. A festive treat with a twist for all the family!

With a stellar cast, a story both classic and modern, and music you'll fall in love with, Striking 12 is an unmissable Christmas gem.