Tickets available on the door. The venue opens at 1pm for picnics and the performance begins at 2.30pm. It is outdoors so dress for the weather!
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 offer him the ability to identify competence by making him clothes which only the wise can see, what price will he have to pay? Will he end up losing his crown jewels? When someone spins a yarn must everyone be taken in?
All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!
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!
[NB - there is NO nudity in the production - although one of the actors may get a little chilly...] Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families
The performance is outside. Please bring your own low backed seating or rugs and dress for the weather. Grounds open from 1.00pm for picnics. Light refreshments will be available.
By kind permission of Lord and Lady Mersey
Generously supported by Alan & Sara Bennie, Lombard Structures, Seaford College and West Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society