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Ugly Duckling

A Ballet for Children

Did you miss Ugly Duckling on Easter Sunday on CBeebies? You can watch it BBC iPlayer till Sunday 27 April 2014! On Monday 21 April CBeebies will be showing their special version of Three Little Pigs at 11am and 5pm.

Dancing ducklings - Benjamin Mitchell, Ayana Kanda, Teresa Saavedra-Bordes and Isabella Gasparini. Photo Martin Bell.

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Ugly Duckling is our first ballet especially for children and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre.

A poor duckling is lonely and fed-up, shunned by those around her who see her as too ugly to fit in. She tries to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as with frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and turns into a beautiful swan, beginning a happy new life.

Our first performances of Ugly Duckling in Leeds were a sell-out success, so don't miss the opportunity to see this adorable production this spring.

These child friendly performances are just 45 minutes long.

Recommended for children aged 0-8 - and grown-ups too!

Please ask venues for babes-in-arms seating and policies on bringing the very young.

We are creating more new Short Ballets for Small People.

Our next production will be Elves & the Shoemaker which will opened at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds, on Monday 27 October and will tour in spring 2014.

Running time 45 minutes

Creative team

Past performances

Theatre Dates

Nottingham, Theatre Royal

Woking, New Victoria Theatre

Newcastle, Theatre Royal

London, Sadler's Wells

Norwich, Theatre Royal

Milton Keynes Theatre

Goole, Junction

Hull Truck Theatre

Barnsley Civic

Harrogate Theatre

Lancaster, The Dukes Theatre

Barrow-in-Furness, The Forum

Leicester, Curve Theatre

Blackpool, the Grand Theatre

Berwick, The Maltings Theatre

Whitby Pavilion

Bradford, Kala Sangam


Newcastle, Dance City

Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre

Liverpool Playhouse

Hexham Queen's Hall

Middlesbrough Theatre

Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre


Leeds, The Riley Theatre - NSCD

Hunslet Club, Leeds

Leeds, Yeadon Town Hall

This is listing of past performance of this production, here for archive purposes only.