The Emperor's New Clothes announced as next BSL integrated and Captioned show for Easter 2022

Derby Theatre announces its next fully accessible production perfect for the whole family

We are delighted to announce our next BSL integrated and Captioned production, The Emperor’s New Clothes, on from Friday 1 – Saturday 16 April 2022.

The Emperor’s New Clothes will be brought vividly to life with a wonderful cast of actors including musicians, hearing, Deaf and interpreting actors.

It will follow on from our BSL integrated and Captioned family productions, the highly acclaimed The Jungle Book in 2019 and our current, smash-hit Christmas production of Treasure Island.

The show will be a co-production between Derby Theatre, Hiccup Theatre and Polka Theatre.

BSL Intro

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About the Show

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 Emperor’s New Clothes is a stylish theatrical treat for all ages. Hiccup Theatre spin music, puppetry, BSL and storytelling into a very special yarn.

“Hiccup Theatre’s family shows always take you to unexpected places in such imaginative ways” The Guardian

The Emperor's New Clothes Easter 2022

About the Co-Producers

Hiccup Theatre have been behind previous, phenomenally popular Christmas shows for young audiences in the Derby Theatre Studio over the past few years – including Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man.  

Hiccup is a theatre company who make work for children, young people and their families and encourage them to discover, question, explore, create, express, laugh, inspire and be inspired.

Polka Theatre is one of the leading theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children who produce Inspirational Theatre and Creative Experiences for Children.

Accessible Performances

All performances will have fully integrated British Sign Language and Captioning.

Relaxed Performance: Saturday 9 April at 2:30pm

Specifically aimed to appeal to audience members who are on the autistic spectrum or have sensory sensitivities, or those who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere as regards to making noise or moving around– this performance will be available at reduced capacity.

Live Audio Described Performance: Thursday 14 April,1pm (with Touch Tour available)

Best and recommended view for integrated captioning: seats on rows D-H

Closed Captions: we have a small number of handheld tablets that the captions for The Emperor’s New Clothes 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

Priority Booking Open from Mon 13 Dec, 12pm

Priority booking is open to Friend members, Assisted Access Scheme members and users with an access requirement tag on their theatre account from Monday 13 December at 12pm.

Members must login to their theatre account to unlock early access to booking. Alternatively, please email, text 07717 346 964 or call the Box Office on 01332 59 39 (available Tue - Sat from 10am to 4pm).

General Sale from Fri 15 Dec

Tickets on general sale from Friday 17 December at 10am.

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