The Emperor’s New Clothes at The Lowry Manchester Review

11 June 2017


Reviewed by Rosemary Knight

On Sunday afternoon (11 June 2017), I took my seven year old granddaughter, Heidi, to watch the Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company production of The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester.

This performance retells the famous, much loved tale of the emperor who needs a new set of clothes for his birthday, despite having a huge wardrobe already, but his courtiers are unable to find anyone to make them. Two mischievous rogues, Claude Banana and Hugo Bolshy, pretend to be famous clothes designers, but in reality they are just conmen who are delighted at the prospect of receiving a bag of money and a bed for the night. They are too lazy and have no idea how to actually make the clothes and just hand over an empty hanger, promising that this is a suit made of special material which only clever people can see. Not wishing to appear stupid, everyone goes along with this, until one of the villagers shouts out that the emperor is naked. The audience were laughing so much at the naked emperor puppet riding round on his horse proudly displaying his new outfit.

The entire show was played just by two performers, who very cleverly acted the parts of the rogues and the puppets.

This is a very funny, laugh out loud production with clever acrobatics, puppets, singing, dancing and lots and lots of fun and mayhem. This is family entertainment at its best and we laughed so much that our sides hurt. There was a huge amount of audience participation with everyone clapping, singing and shouting out to the performers.

This is a fantastic show for the whole family. Grandparents, parents and children of all ages will absolutely love this performance.

Rating: 5/5

For other shows at The Lowry in Manchester visit

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000

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