The Emperor's New Clothes

A Derby Theatre, Hiccup Theatre and Polka Theatre production
Family Friendly , Derby Theatre Productions
Friday 1 April 2022 - Saturday 16 April 2022
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“Hiccup Theatre’s family shows always take you to unexpected places in such imaginative ways”
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A brand new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic

Derby Theatre, Hiccup Theatre and Polka Theatre bring you the greatest fake news story ever told!   

The Emperor likes nothing more than a fashion parade and you are all invited to ohh and ahh at his talent and eye-popping outfit.

Meet the vain Emperor, the pandering advisors who offer uncritical support, and the crowd who fail to tell the truth, preferring lies to be told instead.

Hilarious and heart-warming, magical and musical, The Emperors New Clothes is a stylish theatrical treat for all ages.

The award-winning Hiccup Theatre spin music, puppetry, BSL and storytelling into a very special yarn.

The Emperor's New Clothes follows the hugely successful productions of The Jungle Book and Treasure Island. All performances will have fully integrated British Sign Language and Captioning. 

BSL Intro

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Audio Intro


Accessible Performances

All performances contain fully integrated British Sign Language and Captioning.

Please Note: we recommend seats on rows D-H for the best view of the integrated captioning.

Closed Captions: we have a small number of handheld tablets that the captions for Treasure Island can be viewed on (a large screen on stage displaying the captions will also be visible throughout the entire performance). To book one of these tablets please email

Relaxed Performance: Saturday 9 April at 2:30pm

Live Audio Described Performance: Thursday 14 April at 1pm (with Touch Tour available at 11:45am)

Text Enquiries: you can find out more or ask a question about this event by texting the Box Office on 07717 346 964.

Friends Membership Deal

Friends get 50% off tickets on preview performances from Fri 1 - Tue 5 April and £5 off all other performances (price bands A&B only).

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Prices from: £15

Concessions: £12 for under 16s, schools and young groups £10