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Emil and the Detectives

Emil and the Detectives

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Emil and the Detectives

Emil and the Detectives

Thu, May 14 - Sat, May 16, 2020
  • EQT Bridge Theater Series and EQT Children's Theater Festival
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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our venues and events. The safety of our guests, staff, and artists is of paramount importance, and in continued response to Governor Wolf's order, effective March 19, 2020 until further notice, to prohibit the operation of all businesses that are not life-sustaining, we have come to the extremely difficult decision to suspend Pittsburgh Cultural Trust events, extending through June 14.

As a result, The EQT Children's Theater Festival, and all performances of Emil and the Detectives have been cancelled. Ticket buyers were contacted by email on April 20, 2020. Please check your email for ticket options from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (noreply@trustarts.org). We appreciate your response within two weeks. If we have not connected with you, please Contact Us.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we process a large number of requests.

Recommended for Ages 7+

Slingsby Theatre Company (Australia)

Venue Location: Pittsburgh Playhouse 350 Forbes Ave. Downtown

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 is more than a ‘good romp’, it 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.

Content Information: Recommended for ages 7+. This show features: acting, adventure, mystery, physical theater, projection, animation, humor, acrobatics, puppetry, communication skills, conflict resolution, compassion, empathy, coming-of-age, teamwork. The show will begin with a hands-on immersive activity. The theater will be darkened during the show. There are elements of surprise and occasional loud noises.

Please note: Each Bridge Theater Series subscription included a ticket to Emil and the Detectives. Tickets for a designated subscriber performance to Emil and the Detectives were mailed to subscribers in Feb 2020. Subscribers are able to exchange into a different performance of Emil and the Detectives if needed. Subject to availability.


This performance is part of the EQT Children’s Theater Festival. Check out the full schedule of featured performances and festival events here.


Run Time: 70 minutes, plus a pre-show engagement activity beginning 15 minutes before the scheduled show time
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