General Event
Woolley Village Recreation Ground
The Emperor's New Clothes
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. 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 tell who's smart and who's stupid?  Or will he end up losing his crown jewels?  All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!

Now in their 26th season Illyria returns with 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…]
23/08/2017 18:30
Type Price Quantity




Child under 16



Family (2+2)


Booking Fee 1.95  
Delivery Methods

Confirmation Email

You will be able to print off the confirmation email as proof of purchase and take with you to the performance.

Or save paper: just take your reference number with you! That's all!


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