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Ugly Duckling
£12, £8 conc, £34 family ticket*

Ugly Duckling


  • DATES & TIMES: Monday 4 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Various times – see performance schedule below.
  • AGE GROUP: 3+
  • TICKETS: £12, £8 conc, £34 family ticket*
  • PROMOTIONS Early bird rate of £7.50 for groups of 10 or more available until 30 June 2017 (plus every 11th ticket free).
  • tutti frutti productions, the Albany and ARC Stockton present

    Ugly Duckling

    Written by Emma Reeves

    Co-produced by York Theatre Royal

    Illustration by Jessica Knight


    Woodland trees transform from dark weathered branches, to silver sticks of frost, while hidden in brushwood, beside an ice-covered lake, a lost rejected duckling stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty....

    Moving through all four seasons, tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale.


    With a menagerie of farmyard animals, depicted through inventive physicality, and with live music that quacks and trills, this charming production plays with ideas of identity, a sense of belonging and the journey to discover inner beauty.


    tutti frutti is a national touring theatre company creating high quality work for children and their families to enjoy. Based in Leeds, tutti frutti has been delighting children aged three and over for more than 25 years and tours nationally and internationally to schools, venues, arts centres and village halls. For over 10 years tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal have enjoyed a creative and fruitful partnership co-producing many shows together. York Theatre Royal is committed to supporting and presenting work for children and family audiences and recent co-productions with tutti frutti include The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Princess and the Pea, Snow Child and Underneath a Magical Moon. In 2017, tutti frutti’s show WiLd! will be showcased at the prestigious International Performing Arts Youth (IPAY) Showcase in Madison, USA. 


    Performance Schedule:


    Monday 4 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Tuesday 5 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Wednesday 6 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Thursday 7 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Friday 8 December, 10.30am (BSL interpreted) & 1pm (Relaxed performance)

    Saturday 9 December, NO PERFORMANCES


    Sunday 10 December, 11am & 2pm 

    Monday 11 December, 10.30am (Audio Described) & 1pm

    Tuesday 12 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Wednesday 13 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Thursday 14 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Friday 15 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Saturday 16 December, NO PERFORMANCES

    Sunday 17 December, 11am & 2pm


    Monday 18 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Tuesday 19 December, 10.30am & 1pm

    Wednesday 20 December, NO PERFORMANCES

    Thursday 21 December, 11am & 2pm

    Friday 22 December, 11am & 2pm

    Saturday 23 December, 11am & 2pm

    Sunday 24 December, 11am & 2pm


    No shows Christmas Day or Boxing Day.


    Wednesday 27 December, 11am & 2pm

    Thursday 28 December, 11am & 2pm

    Friday 29 December, 11am & 2pm

    Saturday 30 December, 11am & 2pm

    Sunday 31 January, 11am & 2pm


    BSL interpreted performance:  Friday 8 December, 10.30am

    Relaxed performance: Friday 8 December, 1pm

    Touch Tour: Monday 11 December, 9.15am

    Audio Described performance:  Monday 11 December 10.30am


    Please note: A Family Ticket consists of 2 adult and 2 children’s tickets or 1 adult and 3 children’s tickets.


    Schools and Nurseries


    Weekday performances from 4 - 20 December are school performances, however families are welcome to book. Early bird rate of £7.50 for groups of 10 or more available until 30 June 2017 (plus every 11th ticket free).


    After 30 June: £8 groups 10+ (plus every 11th ticket free).


    We can also provide a free lunchroom for your group, subject to availability. Booking is essential – please request when you book your tickets.


    Click here to download a booking form