The Emperor’s New Clothes Review

Northern Stage, Newcastle

Reviewed by Andrew Harrison


Northern Stage is one of my favourite Christmas shows and even though there was no audience allowed, they still managed to create an entertaining production with vibrant sets, bright and colourful costumes and outstanding actors.

The story originally written by Hans Christian Anderson, this script has been written by the amazing Laura Lindow, with a tight, quick paced dialogue. It follows 2 chancers, Magnus Scarper, Hannah Goudie Hunter, and Broderick Chase, Bob Nicholson, on their journeys as they accidently become tailors for King Shirley 12th, Jeremy Bradfield, who is also the composer and musical director. The 3 complement each other superbly.  Simmie Kaur, making her professional debut, pulls together some the story playing both Bogus McPhee and 1st Minister to the King. With puppetry and music this is a fun filled 70 minutes for all the family. Make sure you check out the song on the website before watching the show so all the family can join in the fun.

It might not be as good as the real thing, but this as close I have seen it become close to it.

Stream until 31st December at