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The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

Adapted by Max Bush. From the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Product Code: E87000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 2 to 3m., 1 to 2w., 1 either gender.
  • Awards: The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$9.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

This adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes incorporates some aspects of Andersen's life—his passion for acting, his love of the theatre, his cleverness, his mother's determination to help her son achieve his life's aspirations. Andersen was born a peasant. His mother, a beggar as a child, worked as a washerwoman, while his father, a shoemaker, died when Hans was a child. Painfully frustrated in his own life's aspirations, Hans' father demanded his wife promise to help their son become whatever he wanted to be, no matter how silly it was. Hans grew up a dreamy, playful child who loved his toy theatre and frequently improvised songs, stories and puppets. People said that his talents in singing, acting, dancing and drawing would do nothing but hamper him in the pursuit of some rational job such as becoming a tailor, or, like his father, a cobbler. He wanted to be an actor, and the theatre became his favorite place—an odd preoccupation for a boy, but he contended: "I am not like other boys." People warned him that he was too thin to be an actor. Tall, angular, large hands and feet, a touch of the grotesque hung about him. People called him "Swampplant." And he was clever— "too clever to live," someone said of him. The two weavers in this adaptation are two actors, a mother and son; their acting talents come into play as they pretend to weave the "magic" cloth. As they improvise their plot, the hilarious results reveal to the audience, and finally the emperor himself, the extent of the emperor's self-absorbed vanity. Excellent four-actor touring piece.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code E87000
  • Cast Size 4
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 55 min

Categories

  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619590496
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.