Ugly Duckling Family Theatre from Tutti Frutti Productions 

Ugly Duckling Family Theatre from Tutti Frutti Productions 

Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen!

The highly praised Leeds company Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal have teamed up again, after their critically acclaimed production of Underneath a Magical Moon. This time they are staging a new adaptation by Olivier Award nominated writer Emma Reeves of Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale – The Ugly Duckling.

In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for Mummy’s enormous egg to hatch.  But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duckling!

Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. As the woodland trees change from dark weathered branches to silver sticks of frost, the lost and lonely fledgling hides in brushwood and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty…. Where does he really belong?

Moving through all four seasons, tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known tale. With a menagerie of mischievous animals, depicted through inventive physicality, and live music that quacks and trills, this charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.

Ugly Duckling is directed by tutti frutti’s Artistic Director Wendy Harris, with design by Catherine Chapman, movement from Holly Irving, music by Tayo Akinbode and puppeteering by Nick Ash. The cast will feature Danny Childs, Daniel Naddafy and Maeve Leahy.

In 2014 playwright Emma Reeves adapted Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather for the stage and was subsequently nominated in the Best Entertainment & Family category at the 2015 Olivier Awards. Emma has also written some episodes for the forthcoming television version of Hetty Feather. Her other stage adaptations include Carrie’s War, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and Cool Hand Luke.

Ugly Duckling is a must-see new production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic for children aged 3+ and their families to enjoy.

Please note: no photography or video to be taken during the performance.

tutti frutti & York Theatre Royal Ugly Duckling Trailer from tutti frutti productions on Vimeo.


★ ★ ★ ★ This is an inspired and imaginative piece of story-telling

The Reviews Hub

tutti frutti has gained an excellent reputation for delighting families with their shows, and this tradition continues with Ugly Duckling.

British Theatre Guide

I think Ugly Duckling would make a super introduction to the theatre for little ones

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    55 minutes (no interval)