Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

63rd Production

New Clothes For the Emperor

By Nicholas Stuart Gray

6th - 10th December 1966


Auntie Garlyck

Malkyn, her niece

Prince Richard

Princess Dulcis

The Emperor

The Lord Chancellor

Tom Piggot

Earl Marshal Emery




Otto, a soldier

The Jailor

Joan Brown

Christine Bradwell

Bob Peart

Wendy Borrill

Michael Bradley

Hedley Brown

Chris Brewer

Brian Lewis

Nigel Shaw

John Hankinson

George Hankinson

Sidney Clayton

Gerald Fillingham

Production Team







Lighting Advisor

Set Design

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Managers

House Manager

Theatre Manager

Theatre Licensee

David Elford

Jean Messent

Beryl Rooney

Bob Bradshaw

Alan Cressey

Michael Verran

G. Mostyn Lewis

Ivan Clayton

David Wilson

Carol Peasgood

Maureen Johnston

David Mann

Mavis Ellin

David Dalton

Glyn Roberts

Press Release

Following the successes of 'Toad of Toad Hall,' 'Alice in Wonderland'  and 'The Wizard of Oz,' The Hospital Players will again be presenting a play for children at the Civic Theatre, Scunthorpe in December.

This year the production is to be 'New Clothes For the Emperor' by Nicholas Stuart Gray.

The story of the two tinkers who convince the King that they can weave a magic cloth, visible to wise men but invisible to fools is probably familiar both from the original Hans Andersen tale and from the Danny Kaye song in the film of his life story, 'The King is in the altogether...'

Written in 1957, the play was staged at the Arts Theatre in November 1958, with the author himself playing the part of  Piers, one of the reprehensible but thoroughly likeable tinkers.

Nicholas Stuart Gray - author, actor and director - has with his nine plays established himself as the only professional dramatist devoting his energies and skill wholly in story telling to the Children's Theatre.

Into 'New Clothes For the Emperor' he has, without sacrificing the simplicity and humour of the original story, woven a friendly witch, a keen but incompetent demon, a delightfully vague Chancellor and a splendid assortment of other characters who are easily at home in this enchanting tale.

The Hospital Players' production of 'New Clothes For the Emperor' will run from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th December, and there will be a matinee on the Saturday afternoon.

Out of town parties may like to know that the Lincs. Association Travel Subsidy Scheme is in operation.