The Emperor’s New Clothes Play
Cast of 10
Duration: Around 10 minutes without the inclusion of music.
This play is taken from The Fashion Assembly – just adapted in one or two places.
Also available – The Emperor’s New Clothes as a guided reading/conversational text between 6 speakers – with synopsis, lesson suggestions etc
The Emperor’s New Clothes Play Sample Text:
Emperor: What was that? Commenting on the quality of this wonderful fabric, no doubt?
Courtier 1: Oh, of course, majesty!
Courtier 2: The finest in the land, to be sure!
Emperor: I rather think so!
(Aside) Best not say how much it cost! More than I pay these two courtiers in a year!
(To Courtier 1) A mirror, please! It must be at least a minute since I looked at myself!
(Courtier 1 gives Emperor mirror)
Emperor: (Sighing deeply, admiring his reflection) Ah! Just as I thought! Regal, majestic,
(Emperor impatiently gestures to courtiers to provide more superlatives)
Courtier 1: Er, handsome!
Courtier 2: Um, stunning … er
Emperor: (Tutting) Oh dear! A little off form today, boys! Still, I suppose when you see such magnificence, day after day
Courtier 1: Oh, you never disappoint, majesty!
Emperor: (Simpering) I do my best! (Pauses, looking at watch)
But wait! It’s been over five minutes since my last change of outfit! That will never do!
(To Courtiers) Away! Whilst I change into something even more fabulous!
(Exit two courtiers)