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Ugly Duckling - The story

On a bright sunny day three little ducklings hatch from their eggs. One more egg is still to open and the three yellow ducklings and Mother Duck wait with excitement.

When the final egg cracks open out comes the fourth duckling, Ugly. She looks very different to the others; grey, fluffy and ragged. She doesn’t dance the same way as the other ducklings either!

The duckling family goes to the pond to swim. When the lifeguard sees Ugly he points to a sign that says ‘Ducks only’ and won’t let her join in with the others. Poor Ugly cries and runs away. If she is not a duck, what kind of animal is she?

As Ugly walks between the reeds she come upon a pair of frogs who jump and dance in front of her. She thinks to herself, ‘Perhaps I am a frog too’, and tries to join in their fun but she cannot leap as high as them nor move the way they do. The frogs grow bored and hop away.

Two black cats are basking in the sunshine. Ugly comes along and the cats curiously inspect her. They dance around her, nudging and poking her, until they are sure she is clearly not a cat like them. Disappointed, Ugly is left alone again.

As night begins to fall Ugly curls up under a tree and falls fast asleep. Suddenly a beautiful Swan Queen appears and begins to dance in the moonlight. Ugly awakens and dances with her. Everything feels right. The Swan Queen vanishes and Ugly falls back to sleep.

The sun rises on a new day. A fox sneaks up behind Ugly, licking his chops and sniffing at her. When she turns around he bows graciously: the perfect gentleman. Ugly is charmed by the fox but every time she turns away he tries to eat her! The fox chases her back and forth until she traps him in the picnic blanket and he falls into the pond.

Ugly finds herself on her own once more. She is lonely and sad. Winter is coming. While a furious storm rages, something extraordinary happens – Ugly is transformed.

As winter melts away, little Ugly dances like a true ballerina. She has discovered she is not a duckling at all, but a beautiful swan. The frogs, cats, ducklings and the Swan Queen come to dance with her until the time comes for her to join a flock of swans. Ugly and the Swan Queen say farewell and the other animals wave goodbye. 

Venues

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

Tickets up to £5.50

Adults £5.50, children under 16 £4.50. (Prices include 50p commission)

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

Tickets £5.00 – £6.50

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 up to £6.00

Adults £6.00. Children £5.00.

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

Tickets £5.00 – £6.00

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

Tickets up to £6.00

Full price £6.00. Children £5.00.
A £1.75 transaction fee is added at the end of the order.

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

Tickets up to £6.00

Full price £6.00. Child, retired, disabled and full-time students £4.00.
All orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £1.25.

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

Tickets £7.50 – £7.50

Includes £0.50 booking fee

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.