4th July: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Outdoor Theatre at Logie Steading with Illyria

Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval

Ticket price: £14/£12/£8

Book tickets at the Art Gallery (bookings and groups) or online here

Based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, Illyria first performed this show in 2000 when it was Critic’s choice at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and attracted multiple 5-star reviews on a sellout UK tour. 

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? Will the new clothes they make really enable him to weed out the idiots in his palace?  Or will he end up losing his crown jewels?  All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!

One of the most famous cautionary tales ever told.  As in so many of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, beneath the fancy clothes of the tale lies something more meaningful; human weaknesses are satirised mercilessly; and a capacity for loving is the highest value. There are larger-than-life characters, lots and lots to join in with – and an ending that will leave you helpless with laughter!

[NB – there is NO nudity in the production. Although one of the actors may be a little chilly…]

More information about outdoor theatre and other performances this summer at Logie Steading here.