£12 per adult / £8 per child
Tuesday 30th May, 2.30pm performance start

The Emperor is a lovely man, but how much is he prepared to sacrifice? 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.

  • A wonderful outdoor experience
  • Please bring blankets / chairs to sit on
  • Please wear appropriate clothing / footwear
  • Food and drinks are available to purchase

About The Production

The Emperor is 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 he end up losing his crown jewels?  All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!

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

Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval

About Illyria

Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre on this scale in the open-air touring sector.  Following their enormous successes with DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE, BABE THE SHEEP-PIG and THE TWITS they are also regarded as the best.  Now in their 26th season they return 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!

How to book…

Book tickets here.