Sherman Theatre & Theatr Iolo

The Emperor's New Clothes



4 & 5 November / 5 - 31 December


Schools: £6

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Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Writer Alun Saunders
Director Kevin Lewis
Designer Charlotte Neville
Lighting Designer Rachel Mortimer

For ages 3 - 6 and their families

English (for Welsh performances see Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr)


Running time: 45 minutes, no interval

BSL - 17 Dec, 11.00am

Relaxed performance - 19 Dec, 11.00am

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Show Information

Have you ever lost something? A toy? A tooth? A memory?

What if, one day, you lost all of your 'silly'?

When the Emperor demands the coolest clothes to help him be, well, 'cool'... The call is answered by a pair of wily Weavers, who concoct a cunning plan and land everyone in an embarrassing situation. Who will help the Emperor rediscover his joy and silliness?

Sherman Theatre and Theatr Iolo present The Emperor's New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr - a reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Written by award-winning playwright Alun Saunders, with songs and live music, there's something here for the whole family this Christmas!

Made especially for 3 - 6 year olds and their families.



Once again we've teamed up with Santa to spread a little Christmas magic and bring you personalised Santa letters. Find out more here.


Activity Pack

We’ve created an activity pack to give you an insight into the world created within the show. The pack has been designed for teachers, parents and carers to use both before and after visiting the show, in the classroom or at home. The activities within the pack can be adapted to suit each pupil or child’s age and ability. They are a creative introduction to many aspects of theatre — from drama and music, to art and design — involving improvisation, imagination, and storytelling.

To download the activity pack click here.


Activities for Welsh learners

On the 20th of December there’s a great opportunity for families who are learning Welsh (or where not all the family members speak Welsh) to join us before the Welsh language shows and take part in some entertaining activities designed specially for the whole family to enjoy. Using games and music, learners of all ages will gain a better understanding of the show’s vocabulary and story whilst having fun together.

Tuesday, 20th December

Pre-show family activities - 12.30pm - 1.10pm (FREE)

Show starts - 1.30pm

Please call the box office to reserve places: 029 20646900

Show Times

4 November 1.30pm  
5 November 11.00am  
5 December 11.00am
Limited availability
6 December 11.00am
Sold out
Limited availability
7 December 11.00am
Limited availability
8 December 1.30pm  
9 December 11.00am
Limited availability
Sold out
10 December 1.30pm Sold out
12 December 11.00am
Limited availability
Limited availability
13 December 11.00am Limited availability
14 December 1.30pm Sold out
15 December 11.00am  
16 December 11.00am
Sold out
17 December 11.00am (BSL)
Limited availability
Sold out
19 December

11.00am (Relaxed Performance)

Limited availability
20 December 11.00am Limited availability
21 December 11.00am
Sold out
Sold out
22 December 11.00am

Limited availability

23 December 1.30pm Sold out
24 December 11.00am
Sold out
Sold out
28 December 11.00am Sold out
29 December 11.00am
30 December 1.30pm  
31 December 11.00am


★★★★★ “An entirely charming hour of entertainment.” South Wales Echo

“A wonderful show for the young and young at heart… 10 out of 10!” Quench Magazine

“A wonderful delight of a Christmas show” Children’s Theatre Reviews

“Dyma ddrama i godi’r galon; y sioe berffaith dros y tymor ewyllys da.” Arts Scene in Wales

“Highly recommended for under-sevens of all ages.” British Theatre Guide

Cast & Team

Kare / The Emperor Geraint Rhys Edwards

Mor / Olga Elin Phillips

Far / Luka Tobias Weatherburn

Director Kevin Lewis

By Hans Christian Andersen

Adaptation by Alun Saunders

Designer Charlotte Neville

Musical Director Dan Lawrence

Lighting Designer Rachel Mortimer

Assistant Director Emily Stroud

Movement Director Jem Treays


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