IT IS a show designed for families, but will audiences get a shock with a naked emperor on stage?

That is what is in store in Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group’s new production, The Emperor’s New Clothes, this week.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, it tells the story of a vain emperor who cares about nothing but his clothes and appearance.

Two ‘weavers’ come to town and trick the emperor and his court into believing they can make magic cloth invisible to anyone who is a fool or unfit for their jobs.

The emperor, unaware that he has been deceived, then orders the clothes to be made for everyone at his Coronation parade.

Group chairman Rob Bateman has assured audiences that despite the story’s name, audiences should not be concerned by the prospect of nudity.

He said: “This is very much a family show designed to entertain old and young alike.

“It is action-packed, energetic and raucous and we hope it will get audiences in the mood for the festive season ahead.

“We promise that absolutely nobody will be offended, but we have lots of surprises in store.”

Performances take place at the village hall in Draycott Road, Southmoor, from tomorrow to Saturday.

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, £5.50 children and a family ticket costs £25. Visit Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group’s Facebook for tickets.