‘Brilliantly accessible experience’: THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES – Polka Theatre

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Polka Theatre, London – until 22 May 2022

The country is in chaos. With the cost of living at an all time high, many can’t even afford food, but the leader is too obsessed with his own image to care about what people actually need. Surrounded by sycophants, he splashes cash on vanity projects, dismisses dissent as fake news and lets employees take the fall when things go wrong. And then he gets his kit off. Thankfully, this is not a current affairs story but a review of The Emperor’s New Clothes, which is playing at Polka Theatre. Mummy and Quaver headed over to Wimbledon to catch this fantastic adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, which has been co-produced by Hiccup Theatre, Polka Theatre and Derby Theatre.

Aimed at ages three to eight, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a fun show with a moral message that remains as relevant today as it ever was. It’s a treat for all the senses, filled with brightly coloured costumes and an array of musical instruments, plus a puppet that nicely gets around the question of how you deal with the main character taking all his clothes off in a show for small children! But the absolute highlight of this production is the fantastic integration of BSL and captioning. It makes for a brilliantly accessible experience and is a shining exa