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Ugly Duckling takes to the road

Press release date 
Fri 8 Feb 2013

Following sell-out performances in Leeds, Northern Ballet’s first short ballet for small people, Ugly Duckling, begins an extensive tour to theatres across the North of England from 12 March.

Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, Ugly Duckling received rave reviews from audiences and critics at performances in Leeds last autumn. 

Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, it tells the story of a lonely duckling who doesn’t quite fit in with her friends. Throughout the ballet, the duckling learns about herself and those around her and when she learns to love who she is she turns into a beautiful swan and begins a happy new life.

Sebastian Loe said, ‘The great thing about Ugly Duckling and other children's stories is that they teach important and timeless values from a young age. The message we want to put across in Ugly Duckling is that we should be confident in embracing who we are and ultimately we should not be afraid of being ourselves.’

Dreda Blow said, ‘According to my parents, I saw my first ballet when I was only two years old and was absolutely riveted! I sat perfectly still, my eyes glued to the stage the entire time. If our production of Ugly Duckling inspires children to start ballet lessons then that's great, but most importantly I hope it awakens in them a love and appreciation for the magic of dance and theatre in general.’

The colourful production for children aged four and up features a host of animal characters including cats, frogs and a wily fox. The performance is 40 minutes in length and the music ranges from classical compositions to the theme tunes of popular children’s cartoons.

This hugely popular production, supported by Leeds Inspired, is designed to encourage children and young families to see their first ballet at an affordable price. Tickets range from £4 to £8 depending on the venue.

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Venues

Ugly Duckling
Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
0113 220 8008

The 11am performances on Fri 27 and Sat 28 Oct are Relaxed Performances.

Times & prices
M T W T F S S
23
11.00
1.00
3.00
24
11.00
1.00
3.00
25
11.00
1.00
26
11.00
1.00
3.00
27
11.00
2.00
4.00
28
11.00
2.00
4.00
29

Tickets £4.50 – £6.00

Adults £6.00, Children £4.50. Babe in arms tickets £1.00 each with a full-priced ticket.

Relaxed performances: 11am, Fri 27 Oct and 11am, Sat 28 Oct.

Ugly Duckling
Middlesbrough Theatre
01642 81 51 81
Times
M T W T F S S
7
8
9
11.30
1.30
5.00
10
11
12
13

Ugly Duckling
Durham Gala Theatre
0300 026 6600*
Calls cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers. Mobile charges may vary.

The 4pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
7
8
9
10
2.00
4.00
6.00
11
12
13

Ugly Duckling
Goole Junction
01405 763 652
Times
M T W T F S S
7
8
9
10
11
12
2.00
4.00
6.00
13

Ugly Duckling
Bridlington The Spa
01262 678258

The 5pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times & prices
M T W T F S S
14
15
12.00
2.00
5.00
16
17
18
19
20

Tickets £5.00 – £6.00

Ugly Duckling
Berwick The Maltings Theatre
01289 330 999
Times
M T W T F S S
14
15
16
17
18
19
2.00
4.00
6.00
20

Ugly Duckling
Reading The Hexagon
0118 9606060

The 4pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
21
22
2.00
4.00
23
24
25
26
27

Ugly Duckling
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
01242 572573
Times
M T W T F S S
21
22
23
2.00
4.00
24
25
26
27

Ugly Duckling
Peterborough Key Theatre
01733 207239
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
21
22
23
24
25
2.00
4.00
6.00
26
27

Tickets £6.50 – £9.00

Plus £1.50 fee per ticket. Family tickets (2+2) available at £28.00 (plus fee).

Ugly Duckling
Buxton Opera House
01298 72190

The 2pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
21
22
23
24
25
26
2.00
4.00
27

Ugly Duckling
Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
01484 430528
Times
M T W T F S S
28
29
2.00
4.00
6.00
30
31
1
2
3

Ugly Duckling
Derby Theatre
01332 593939

The 2pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
28
29
30
31
12.00
2.00
4.00
1
2
3

Ugly Duckling
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116

The 2pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
28
29
30
31
1
2.00
4.00
6.00
2
3

Ugly Duckling
Hull New Theatre
01482 300 306
Times
M T W T F S S
28
29
30
31
1
2
2.00
4.00
3

Ugly Duckling
Mansfield Palace Theatre
01623 633133

The 4pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
4
5
12.00
2.00
4.00
6
7
8
9
10

Ugly Duckling
Doncaster Cast
01302 303 959
Times
M T W T F S S
4
5
6
2.00
4.00
7
8
9
10

Ugly Duckling
Barnsley Civic
01226 327000
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
4
5
6
7
8
12.00
2.00
5.00
9
10

Tickets £5.00 – £6.00

Ugly Duckling
Corby The Core
01536 470470
Times
M T W T F S S
4
5
6
7
8
9
2.00
4.00
6.00
10

Ugly Duckling
Weymouth Pavilion
01305 783225
Times
M T W T F S S
11
12
13
2.00
4.00
14
15
16
17

Ugly Duckling
Yeovil Octagon Theatre
01935 422884
Times
M T W T F S S
11
12
13
14
15
2.00
4.00
6.00
16
17

Ugly Duckling
Exeter Northcott Theatre
01392 726363
Times
M T W T F S S
11
12
13
14
15
16
2.00
4.00
6.00
17

Ugly Duckling
Barrow-in-Furness The Forum
01229 820000

The 2pm performance is a Relaxed Performance.

Times
M T W T F S S
18
19
12.00
2.00
20
21
22
23
24

Ugly Duckling
Blackpool the Grand Theatre
01253 290190
M T W T F S S
18
19
20
2.00
4.00
21
22
23
24

Ugly Duckling
Lincoln Drill Hall
01522 873894
Times
M T W T F S S
18
19
20
21
22
12.00
2.00
4.00
23
24

Dates, times and productions are subject to change without notice.