Emil & the Detectives

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Kästner’s 1929 novella broke ground for the independent-children-versus-devious-adults story genre. Streetwise city kids, a hard-working single mother and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale.

How do we find our friends in the world? How do we work together to defeat tricksters?

In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight for audiences aged eight and upwards.

Family Ticket: Save £4 on the purchase of 4 tickets. Must include a minimum of one adult.

Babe in arms: For productions that are not created for or aimed at babies we offer a free babes in arms ticket for those under 12 months old. A ticket is still required and is subject to availability. Please call the Box Office on 01325 405 405

“Emil & the Detectives is an outstanding piece of children’s theatre which makes it an outstanding piece of theatre and an experience to be savoured by all.”

Gregg Elliott, InDaily

“The performances are pitch perfect: Elizabeth Hay is understated and unfazed as Emil, and Tim Overton is a blaze of versatility as the Narrator, Grundeis and everybody else. Watching these detectives is a theatrical delight.”

Murray Bramwell, The Australian

“I was completely blown away by the standard of the performance and the level of fine detail paid to each and every aspect of the show. Of credit, the two actors were brilliant, and the lighting was a spectacle.”

Rebecca, Teacher

Meet the stars

Production Credits

Andy Packer