The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. A fabulous, glamorous performance for the whole school!

The Emperor’s New Clothes will captivate and excite your pupils – and you won’t need to leave your school hall.  We bring set, lights, music and, of course, audience participation and give your pupils an hour they won’t forget!

The Emperor’s New Clothes toured schools in 2016 & 2017.  We brought the Emperor, the Prime Minister and, of course, the Swindlers to lots of  school halls to excite and enthuse hundreds of pupils about reading.

“Fabulous! Children were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It had a clear moral and the actors were amazing. 10 +++” Rebecca Grundy, Moorgate Primary, Bolton

“Lots of fun. Very talented. I liked the way the story switches from actors narrating to performing roles. Great props and scenery changes. The children gave it 10 000 000 out of 10!” Gill Dobb, Greenside Primary School, Tameside

“Amazing! I have worked here for 8 years and this has been the best show we’ve had so far” Mr Denton, Heald Place Primary School, Manchester

Watch the video of our amazing Emperor’s New Clothes team in action!

The Emperor’s New Clothes will be back on tour in a few years.  In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about Altru’s Christmas / Classic Tales performances then give us a call on 0151 443 0333 or email

Frequently asked questions:

Is the play suitable for everyone in school? 

Yes – we say everyone from reception to Year 6.  They will all enjoy it and have a great time.  We think nursery are a little too young as the play is a full hour, but we’re happy to discuss this with you.

How long does the play last? 

60 minutes in total.

How long do you need to set up? 

The team need around 45 minutes in the hall to set up. In the afternoon, we are happy to do this at one end of the hall, while lunchtime is still being cleaned up.

Do school need to provide anything?

All we need is the hall and an audience.  We bring everything else – set, lights, actors, sound equipment – we are completely self contained.

Are staff DBS checked? 

Absolutely. All Altru staff have enhanced disclosures which can be sent to you prior to the show and the team will have them with them on the day.

Are the team professional actors? 

They are indeed! We only work with professional actors who are used to touring schools and engaging children in theatre.

Do you have insurance? 

We do.  We have 5 million Public Liability Insurance.  A copy of our insurance certificate is always with the acting team for you to view in school.

Can we make a provisional booking?

We can hold a date for you for 24 hours, so that you have time to check the date with everyone in school.

We are a big school – can we have 2 or 3 performances in one day?

Yes you can! Give us a call to discuss the options.

We are a small school – can we have a discount? 

It is unlikely that we will be able to give you a discount, our costs remain the same regardless of the number of children we perform to.  We’d suggest partnering with another school to split the cost perhaps? Do give us a call for a chat about the options here.

What does the performance cost? 

Please give us a call or pop us an email to discuss costs.  We sometimes have special offers and discounts available for particular dates so it’s always worth a chat!

How do I book? 

Call Nadine at the Altru office on 0151 443 0333 or email