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Ugly Duckling

Ugly Duckling


  • DATES & TIMES: Monday 4 to Sunday 31 December 2017. Various times: see performance schedule below.
  • RUNNING TIME: 50mins
  • AGE GROUP: 3+
  • TICKETS: £12, £8 conc, £34 family ticket*
  • PROMOTIONS £8 for groups of 10 or more (plus every 11th ticket free).
  • tutti frutti productions, the Albany and ARC Stockton present

    Ugly Duckling

    Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for mummy’s enormous egg to hatch. But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duckling!

    Written by Emma Reeves.  Co-produced by York Theatre Royal.  Illustration by Jessica Knight


    Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. As the woodland trees change from dark weathered branches to silver sticks of frost, the lost and lonely fledgling hides in brushwood and 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 inventive physicality and live music, this charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.


    ‘An inspired and imaginative piece of story-telling’ The Reviews Hub ★★★★


    ‘tutti frutti has gained an excellent reputation for delighting families with their shows, and this tradition continues with Ugly Duckling’. British Theatre Guide


    Ugly Duckling was commissioned by the Albany and ARC Stockton to provide an exciting, original and excellent Christmas show for families.


    Running Time: 50mins approx.           




    Performance Schedule:


    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 December, 11am & 2pm


    BSL interpreted performance:  Friday 8 December, 10.30am

    Relaxed performance: Friday 8 December, 1pm


    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.


    £8 for groups of 10 or more (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