The Emperor's New Clothes

Date:Sun 21 May
Time:11:30am & 2:30pm
Price:£10 adult | £6 child | 15% off group of 4 (max. 2 adults)

Presented by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

Following sell out performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Stuff and Nonsense return to Cambridge Junction with their latest production.

Inspired by the Muppets, Danny Kaye and good old family movies, this romp through a classic, eccentric tale tells the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But there is a problem…Despite a wardrobe the size of Paris he's run out of outfits and his it his birthday tomorrow! He hasn't got a stitch to wear!

When two 'designers' come to town with a promise to create him an outfit that's "never been seen before", our eccentric Emperor doesn't quite realise the spectacle he is about to make. Populated with puppets, music and song, this inventive and energetic production is told in true Stuff and Nonsense style; with unending energy, great storytelling and, as always, a show for little kids and bid kids too!

“The rather super Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company has again hit pitch perfect”  The Stage

Recommended for ages 3+

FREE Arts & Craft Activity for children and their grown ups

Join us for one of our FREE pre show, drop-in arts and craft ‘Hands on Happenings’ sessions in the Cambridge Junction foyer. These creative activities, led by a professional visual artist are themed to tie in with the family shows that you will be seeing on stage.

Hands on Happenings have limited places, so early arrival is advised.

“Every joyful cry confirms that the rather super Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company has again hit pitch perfect in its innovative version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale.”
The Stage

’Joyful, hilarious and exciting’, is how my eight-year-old co-reviewer described The Elves and The Shoemaker …my two chest-high know-it-all interns, who spent the bus journey discussing data capacity and USBs and worrying they’d find the show too juvenile roared with laughter along with the much smaller members of the audience, weren’t too cool to leap up and down during the brilliantly unsolicited audience participation and admired the puppetry
with delight usually reserved only for online characters …I fell in love with this show from the moment I saw the Shoemaker’s house”
Ham & High

Duration: 1 hour

Age: 3+

Bar and Box Office open 1 hour before show start time

All prices shown include booking fees.


Created using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from The Point Eastleigh, Waterside Arts Centre Sale, Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Lyric Theatre Bridport.

Adapted and directed by Niki McCretton | Performers - Jenny Harrold & Toby Gascoigne | Designer - Edwina Bridgeman | Puppets by - Holly Miller | Costumes – Elizabeth Harper | Lighting Designer – Ed Trotter | Music – Matt Huxley | Lyrics by - Toby Gascoigne

Stuff and Nonsense love to make energetic, thought-provoking and playfully mischievous theatre productions for children aged 2 upwards and their families. We work with children to create ideas,
using the power of great imagination, fantastic puppetry and lots of physical action.