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Ugly Duckling - A very happy duck

Published on Friday 9 November, 2012

Quack quack! Hello there....  What an amazing few weeks it has been, with performances of Ugly Duckling in Yeadon, Hunslet, Chapeltown and at Northern Ballet, taking place to sell-out audiences.

Helping the technicians put up the set in Hunslet

My friend Ugly was phenomenal in her first ever ballet and all the children who saw her agreed that she danced very well indeed. In total over 4000 people watched the ballet and here are just a few of the things people have said about it...

"I loved it! It was the first ballet I have been to and I really enjoyed it."


Enjoying a duck cake, although I couldn't eat the marzipan duck as it was too cute!

"It was fantastic and just the right length and a great way to get children interested in dancing."


"Graceful, elegant and beautiful. My favourite part was when the ducklings were throwing the egg about"

Eleanor, aged 8

"My three year old was captivated throughout."


"It was fantastic... I liked the swans' costumes and the cats weaving round the Ugly Duckling."


"I loved it! My mum loved it too. It made us feel happy."

Martha, aged 4

Ugly and the other dancers are having a well-earned rest now after all those performances but the people at Northern Ballet are busy organising for the ballet to go on tour in the Spring to small theatres across the North of England – from Barrow in Furness in the West to Hull in the East and lots of places in between. Details of the tour are on the website now!

My favourite bit of the ballet was when the Ugly Duckling made friends with the frogs and tried to leap like them. I’ve got a few froggy friends down at the duck pond and they are funny creatures, jumping here and there in the flash of an eye. I also really enjoyed listening to the music during the ballet.

If you didn’t get to see Ugly Duckling this time around make sure you book your tickets to see it on tour as it is a great show.  And if you have seen it already, Northern Ballet would like to hear what you thought of it, and what other stories you think they should make into a ballet next year.

Right, I’m off to fluff up my feathers now that the weather is turning chilly.  Speak to you again soon!


The views expressed in blogs are those of the author and not necessarily of Northern Ballet.

Touring to

This production is not currently on tour. Take a look at our national tour listings to see what we're performing and where.

Previously toured to...

Nottingham Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555
Woking New Victoria Theatre
0844 871 7645
Newcastle Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21
London Sadler's Wells
020 7863 8000
Norwich Theatre Royal
01603 630 000
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652
Goole Junction
01405 763 652
Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638
Barnsley Civic
01226 327000
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116
Lancaster The Dukes Theatre
01524 598500
Barrow-in-Furness The Forum
01229 820000
Leicester Curve Theatre
0116 242 3595
Blackpool the Grand Theatre
01253 290190
Berwick The Maltings Theatre
01289 330 999
Whitby Pavilion
01947 458899
Bradford Kala Sangam
01274 303340
Newcastle Dance City
Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
01484 430528
Liverpool Playhouse
0151 709 4776
Hexham Queen's Hall
01434 652477
Middlesbrough Theatre
01642 81 51 81
Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
0113 220 8008
Leeds The Riley Theatre - NSCD
0113 220 8008
Leeds Hunslet Club
0113 220 8008
Leeds Yeadon Town Hall
0113 220 8008

This table displays past performances of this production.