The Emperor’s New Clothes @ Northern Stage

Covid has prevented theatre to go ahead as normal however theatre has found a way to still entertain it’s audiences . That is through the power of live stream, yes families and everyone who lives a theatre Christmas show can still be entertained from the comfort of their own homes.

From 12-13 December Northern Stage will be presenting The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Adapted by Laura Lindow and directed by Mark Calvert, The Emperor’s New Clothes is devised by Bob Nicholson and Hannah Goudie-Hunter and designed by Alison Ashton, with choreography by Martin Hylton and original music by Jeremy Bradfield. The show will be filmed by award-winning North East filmmakers Meerkat Films, and performed by Bob Nicholson, Hannah Goudie-Hunter, Jeremy Bradfield and Simmie Kaur.

Director Mark Calvert said “It’s been an extraordinary year for all of us and to make something at the end of this extraordinary year is an absolute privilege. The team have been working hard over the last two months to create something that we hope will give our audiences some much needed Christmas cheer and end the year on some magic, and more importantly, some laughs.”

Kitchen Zoo create playful, energetic and joyful theatre for young audiences and have made two sell out Christmas shows for under 5s at Northern Stage. Bob and Hannah from Kitchen Zoo said, “We’re over the moon to be joining festive forces with Mark Calvert and Laura Lindow this year to devise a fantastically fun family show. And we’re thrilled to be co-producing Northern Stage’s first digital Christmas show.”

This is going to be Calvert’s last show adding “Finally, this is my very last Christmas show for Northern Stage so I want to thank everyone who has been to see our productions. It’s been a total honour to tell you stories over the last five years, from The Wizard of Oz to James and the Giant Peach, from A Christmas Carol to last year’s Snow Queen – I hope over the years I’ve given you some end of year joy and some great family story telling.”

The Emperor’s New Clothes will be streamed online from Saturday 12 – Thursday 31 December. Tickets are £15 per household and go on general sale on Monday 16 November, with a 20% discount for bookings made by Monday 23 November.  Northern Stage supporters and members can book advance tickets for £10 from Monday 9 November.  

Book online at or call the box office on 0191 230 5151.

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