Naked truth is revealed in classic tale of vanity

A wardrobe malfunction for the vain Emperor sees him made a fool of when he is taken in by a deceitful duo
A wardrobe malfunction for the vain Emperor sees him made a fool of when he is taken in by a deceitful duo
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The Emperor’s New Clothes is a well-worn tale - unlike the garments themselves which were completely imaginery.

Children aged four and upwards will love this tale of a vain Emperor who is only interested in wearing the finest clothes and parading them in front of his subjects.

On Sunday they will laugh as they see him getting his come-uppance in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, which will be brought to life by No Nonsense Theatre at Square Chapel, Halifax (2.30pm).

Using puppetry, performance and shadow work, No Nonsense Theatre delivers an adventurous take on this well-loved children’s story. Young audiences will find lots to laugh at as they are introduced to two very cheeky chappies with a plan to trick the Emperor.

This madcap performance lasts one hour and is followed by a meet -the-puppets session, so that children can get up close to all their favourite characters from the show.

Oliver, aged five, said of the show: “It was really funny, the best bit was seeing the Emperor’s bottom.”

No Nonsense are mentored by award-winning Horse + Bamboo Theatre, who are well-known to Square Chapel audiences for their original and highly visual productions. Like Horse + Bamboo, No Nonsense aim to create exciting and interesting theatrethat the whole family can enjoy.

Tickets are £7 in advance or £8 on the day, available through Square Chapel box office on 01422 349422 or online at

On Sunday evening The Spirit of Smokie will have toes tapping as the tribute band plays many of the Bradford soft-rock group’s hits (7.30pm).

But before that, tomorrow sees an evening of stimulating South American folk when INCA perform at Square Chapel (7.30pm). INCA is an innovative music project that consists of five talented musicians who come together to create a rhythmic and playful fusion of Bolivian, Mexican and Peruvian folk, creating music that inspires their audiences.

Other theatre shows at the venue this week are The Man Who Was Hamlet (tonight, 8pm), and CountryBoy’s Struggle (Wednesday, 7.30pm).

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