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A happy, illustrated duck sitting by a riverbank.

Ugly Duckling

Don’t miss Northern Ballet’s hugely popular Ugly Duckling as it returns to the stage this autumn. 

Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed-up, ignored by those around her who think she is 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 realises that she was beautiful all along. 

Retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. 

As seen on CBeebies, Northern Ballet’s sell-out productions for children are not to be missed.

Running time 40 minutes

Creative Team

  • Dreda Blow
  • Sebastian Loe
Set Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design and Realisation
Music Arrangement
Mother Duck is ecstatic with her newly hatched brood
Ugly tries to find where she fits in by playing with a pair of cats
Ugly is not allowed to swim and is left alone on the shore
In the spring Ugly emerges as a beautiful swan
The winter is cold

Illustration by Emily Nuttall. Production photos taken by Brian Slater.