Northern Stage Review: The Emperor’s New Clothes
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Its nearly christmas, but at this time of the year we would normally be heading down to Northern Stage to take in the yearly production. Whatever theatre you attend, a christmas show is one eagerly awaited for by us all, both adults and children. Sadly this year, well you know already. So Northern Stage co-produced with Kitchen Zoo have brought the stage to our homes to enjoy this classic tale.
You may have heard of this story before, it was written by Hans Christian Anderson and aims to show us many different behaviours through the characters in the show both good and bad.
We come across two chancers in life, Magnus Scarper (Hannah Goudie Hunter) and Broderick Chase (Bob Nicholson) who after escaping from their last con, leave to chance their direction of travel. The flip of a lucky coin to determine their next steps. A rotten pie, missing dog and stolen lucky coin later they end up in the grounds of the kings palace.
A vein king, one that hasnt shown himself to his adoring kingdom as yet. Still seeking a suitable costume maker to make him look as good as he believes he is. These two chancers find them in over their heads, but are willing to take on the task. Some brave and courageous thinking, along with a fascade of information provided by new friend Mouse, enable these chancers to form their web of lies. Only the pride of the King and his ministers stop them from being called out. For who would be sill enough to be deemed foolish and only the most stupid? Certainly not me!
The Emperor’s New Clothes is an enjoyable 70 minutes of entertainment for all the family. It certainly made me laugh. It is made up of silly moments that will make you chuckle and sing.
Both lead characters portray their roles well, a good connection between the two also led me to like the loveable rogues. The show has a mixture of both actor and puppetry. Our narrator and minister Simmie Kaur provided geordie narration and the sceptical eye on these chancers. Of course King Shirley XII played by Jeremy Bradfied, was the outgoing, loud, expectant and impatient man he was to be.
The Emperor’s New Clothes will be available to stream online now until 31 Dec. The performance was filmed in November 2020 and this will be the first opportunity to see this production. Just like the emporer’s new clothes…Only fool wouldnt see it!
To watch the show at home, simply book your ticket for 31 Dec 2020 – 09:00, you only need to book one ticket per household and you can watch the show as many times as you like until 31 Dec 2020.
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