Meet the newest duckling on the pond.

To everyone’s surprise, they’re nothing like the rest of the family.

As the seasons change, the duckling heads out on a mission to find some new friends. Along the way they encounter some crafty creatures and have exciting adventures before discovering that the best thing to be, is yourself.

Specially created for children ages 3 – 8, our brand-new version of this charming tale is the perfect introduction to live theatre.

Full of music, creative captioning and plenty of opportunities to join in, this 50-minute-long show is a great festive treat for little ones.

The Ugly Duckling will be touring to schools and community venues in January 2025. If you are interested in having a performance of the show, please email for more information.


Writer Isabella Waldron
Director Laura Ryder
Composer & Musical Director Ben Glasstone
Creative Captions Consultant Emily Howlett
Costume Supervisor Louise Smith
Set and Costume Designer Alexandrea Hopkin-Spratt


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation and Captioning for this production. Every performance will contain creative captioning  to visually support the storytelling. Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse. 


Show tickets for school pupils are £12.50 each. Find out more about School Visits here and book by calling Box Office on 0115 941 9419.