THE Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit.

When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? Will he end up losing his crown jewels? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show, The Emperor’s New Clothes, at Cardigan Castle on Thursday, July 27 at 6.30pm (doors 5.30pm).

Based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, Illyria first performed this show in 2000 when it was Critic's choice at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and attracted multiple five-star reviews on a sell-out UK tour.

Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre on this scale in the open-air touring sector.

Following their enormous successes with Danny the Champion of the World, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Babe the Sheep-Pig and The Twits they are also regarded as the best.

Now in their 26th season they return with one of the most famous cautionary tales ever told.

As in so many of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, beneath the fancy clothes of the tale lies something more meaningful; human weaknesses are satirised mercilessly; and a capacity for loving is the highest value.

There are larger-than-life characters, lots and lots to join in with – and an ending that will leave you helpless with laughter.

There is no nudity in the production, although one of the actors may be a little chilly and it is suitable for ages five-plus. No seating provided – you may bring your own low-backed chair.

Tickets for The Emporer’s New Clothes on Thursday, July 27 at Cardigan Castle are £13 (concessions £11), children £9 and are available to book from Theatr Mwldan’s box office on 01239 621200, online or via smart phone at