This story is about a Christmas stink that two Chancers caused. The ultimate uproar. The stand-out stushy. It is the story of an absolute FESTIVE FIASCO!

A Northern Stage & Kitchen Zoo Co-Production
Devised by Mark Calvert, Hannah Goudie-Hunter, Bob Nicholson, and Laura Lindow
Directed by Mark Calvert
Written by Laura Lindow


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This Christmas, we’re bringing theatre to your living room as the creative team behind the likes of The Snow Queen & A Christmas Carol, and Kitchen Zoo, the makers of WOLF! and The Three Bears at Christmas, weave their creative threads together to spin a brand new festive take on Hans Christian Andersen's classic folktale, The Emperor's New Clothes.

Our story follows Magus Scarper and Broderick Chase. Friends. Colleague-pals. Comrades. Or, as they are more commonly known, Chancers.

It was chance that brought them together, and it’s opportunity that keeps them on their toes. And when they accidentally stumble into King Shirley 12th‘s palace their latest opportunity unfolds.

Fooling the King into believing they are two of the most imaginative and skilled costumers in the land, they are tasked with creating the most divine garment ever made for the King to sashay his way through the town’s Christmas parade.

Can these two cheeky chancers pull off the greatest con of all time? Book your tickets now for Northern Stage’s first-ever virtual Christmas show to find out.

Creative Team

Adapted by Laura Lindow
Directed by Mark Calvert
Devised by Bob Nicholson and Hannah Goudie-Hunter a
Designed by Alison Ashton
Lighting design by Sam Vivash
Choreography by Martin Hylton
Original music and sound design by Jeremy Bradfield
Filmed by Meerkat Films
Performed by Bob Nicholson, Hannah Goudie-Hunter, Jeremy Bradfield and Simmie Kaur


Pay It Forward this Christmas

We know that theatre can help raise young people’s aspirations, increase confidence and improve self-esteem, so we’ve created Pay It Forward, our initiative to provide creative, fun experiences for local children and young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to take part in the arts, and you can be part of it!

Newcastle is a vibrant centre for culture, but now more than ever many children and young people are missing out.

So this Christmas we're asking you to boost your booking with a donation from everyone in your household who will be watching the show, with a suggested donation of £10 per person.

If you are able to then this would contribute to the cost of bringing the show to a local child or young person.

Please spark a potentially life-changing journey for a young person today – Pay It Forward.

Thank you


Book Now

The Emperor’s New Clothes will be available to stream online from 12 - 31 Dec. The performance was filmed in November 2020 and this will be the first opportunity to see this production.

To watch the show at home, simply book your ticket for 12 Dec at 9am, 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.

You will receive your personal link to the performance in advance of the show going live as well as information on how to watch the show, so please keep an eye on your email inbox. 

There will be BSL, subtitled and Audio Described versions of The Emperor’s New Clothes available.

Please note that you will not be able to come to Northern Stage to watch this show and it will only be available to watch online.


Booking for school and educational groups

For more information and to book give our box office a call on 0191 230 5151 or email: [email protected]


Behind the scenes

Take a look at the rehearsals for The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes - rehearsal pictures


Meet the cast of The Emperor's New Clothes

Go behind the scenes at Northern Stage's Workshop