Emily Brown and the Thing

From Tall Stories
London, England

How will Emily Brown ever get to sleep with The Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, The Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won't stop crying. Plucky, brave and determined to save the day, Emily and her trusty sidekick, Stanley the rabbit, leap into action. Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2015) returns with an epic, imaginative musical adventure adapted from the popular picture book by Neal Layton and award-winning author Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon).

"A brilliant show: funny, touching, and completely satisfying"Edinburgh Guide "A slick storybook adaptation with a big heart...
one of the company's finest hours"The List
"This beautifully crafted show constantly amuses, delights and enthralls." The Stage


The Jim Henson Foundation
Emily Brown and the Thing is supported, in part, by a Presenter's Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.

Video courtesy of Tall Stories


Performance Facts

Performance Facts

55 minutes with no intermission

Tickets start at $25.
Individual prices display during seat selection.

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Autism-Friendly Performance:
Saturday, 1/26 at 3pm

What Kind of Show?

What Kind of Show?
Theater with music and puppetry

Endearing and imaginative


Play Before the Play!

And after! Experience the art forms on stage in Emily Brown and the Thing for yourself through New Victory Family Engagement programs, including online options. Connect on social media to digitally discover other cool artist info.

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Getting to Know Tall Stories

Tall Stories co-founders, Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, love a really good story—as do their annual audiences of over half a million people. Whether an imaginative adaptation of a cherished children's classic (Snow White, New Vic 2003; The Gruffalo, New Vic 2004 & 2015; The Snail and The Whale, New Vic 2014) or an entirely original tale, the London-based company infuses each and every production with their larger-than-life physical style of storytelling that has set them apart since 1997.

Did You Know?

  • Tall Stories tours quite a bit (including to the New Vic), but did you also know that their shows have been translated into multiple languages? So far the list includes German, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and even Xhosa.
  • About a third of Tall Stories' shows are based on picture books, another third on fairy tales and the last third are original works.
  • Those already familiar with author Cressida Cowell, of How to Train Your Dragon fame, and illustrator Neil Layton's book will recognize Layton's art incorporated into the design of the show; and those unfamiliar with the namesake story will surely want to go home and read it after!


All The Way From...

London, England
...London, England


When most people think of Big Ben, they picture London's famous Elizabeth Tower. The name Big Ben is actually a nickname for the Great Bell housed inside.

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.

Seating Chart • Virtual Tour



Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


Welcome to 42nd Street

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New Victory ticket prices are subject to change. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No lap seating is permitted without a ticket. Program and schedules are subject to change. No refunds.