Northern Ballet present

Ugly Duckling

Venue: Hexagon Theatre (Directions)

Tue 22 May

Advisory age: 3 years +

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2pm & Relaxed Performance at 4pm

Don’t miss Northern Ballet’s hugely popular Ugly Duckling as it returns to the stage for the first time since 2013.
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.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Performance contains Strobe lighting

40 mins no interval

Age: 3+

Read the storybook here


4pm Relaxed Performance - What is a relaxed performance?

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the production and environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

This performance of Ugly Duckling is adapted in a number of ways in order to reduce anxiety and ensure a safe and enjoyable live theatre experience.  There is a relaxed attitude to noise (voluntary and involuntary), the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point.   We also have additional staff on hand to assist with seating and access around the Theatre and a space is available in the foyers for audience members who would like a quiet space before and during the performance.  

A Visual Story for the performance and for visiting The Hexagon is available to view or download below.  Familiarisation visits for those for whom new venues can cause anxiety are available under arrangement by contacting

These shows are for anyone and we encourage anyone who wishes to discuss their requirements further to contact us.


Ticket information

Groups: 1 in 10 free
School Groups: £5  


Northern Ballet's Ugly Duckling

Northern Ballet's Ugly Duckling

Venue info

Hexagon Theatre

Queens Walk
Sat Nav - RG1 7TQ


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Contact: 0118 960 6060

Box Office opening times:
Mon-Fri: 10.00-17.00 or until show time
Sat-Sun: Closed or 1 hour before show time