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Illyria – The Emperor’s New Clothes (open air theatre) – Bolton Abbey
June 30 @ 6:00 pm
When: June 30th 2017, 6pm
Where: Cavendish Pavilion Grounds, Bolton Abbey
Booking required: Book via the website: www.grassington-festival.org.uk
Cost: £14.00 / £7.00 (U16s)
Transport: Parking available at Cavendish Pavilion Car Park
Age restrictions: 5+
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, Illyria first performed the show in 2000 when it was Critic’s Choice at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and attracted multiple 5-star reviews on a sellout UK tour.
The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. When two swindlers offer him the ability to identify competence by making him clothes which only the wise can see, what price will he have to pay? Will he end up losing his crown jewels? When someone spins a yarn must everyone be taken in?
Illyria, now in their 26th season, return with one of the most famous cautionary tales ever told. As in many of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, beneath the tale’s fancy clothes lies something more meaningful; human weaknesses are satirised mercilessly; a capacity for loving is the highest value. There are larger-than-life characters, and an ending that will leave you laughing helplessly.
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