The Ugly Duckling

“”…this really is a treat from start to finish. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much at a kids show. …really has to be seen to be believed. Eggcellent.””
Alan Chadwick, STV

It’s hatching time, and there’s one last egg. One huge egg. One last, huge egg that just… won’t… CRACK! And then out flops one crazy looking dude. Big feet, long neck… This is one ugly looking duck.

Will he find love? Will he find happiness? Will anyone love that duck? And, most importantly, will he find the nearest disco having An American Fridge Freezer ?

Come along and enjoy this brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen‘s classic tale. Written by Andy Manley, creator of last year’s favourite Rudolf and the multi-award winning White, and co-produced by Catherine Wheels, this is a disco-fuelled, glitter-filled tale for anyone who’s ever felt they’re a little bit different. Perfect for getting kids, young and old, into the festive party mood!

Created and directed by Andy Manley (White/Rudolf)
Designed by Shona Reppe (The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean)
Sound Design by Marcus Britton
Lighting Design by Sergey Jakovsky
Cast: Laurie Brown, Gill Robertson and Veronica Leer

Reviews so far for The Ugly Duckling

“What a feather in the Arches’ cap this is… The action is by turns hilarious, charming, scary, touching – and [Laurie] Brown’s duckling is just the perfect fit for this captivating treat of a show.”
***** Mary Brennan, Herald review

“An epic journey towards self realisation… it’s witty, inventive and charming to boot.”
**** List review

“This swan’s awakening comes complete with a mirror-ball crash helmet and a wings-in-the-air dance to the Village People, a celebratory finale in which he is joyously allowed to be himself.”
**** Mark Fisher, Guardian review

“The Ugly Duckling at the Arches is a real Christmas quacker…this really is a treat from start to finish. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much at a kids show. Eggcellent.”
Alan Chadwick, STV review

“Laurie Brown is convincing both as innocent duckling and triumphant swan, while Gill Robertson and Veronica Leer make the most of multiple characters – their vignette as predatory foxes is pitched perfectly for the toddlers, sinister and comic.”
Gareth K Vile, Stage review

“Hans Christian Andersen’s tale about the ugly duckling who becomes a swan gets a contemporary twist and a dollop of disco in this lovely show for younger children”
8/10 Evening Times review

Praise from teachers and children

“Our Primary 1 children loved the Ugly Duckling; staff found it really entertaining too. We will be back next year!”
Anderston Primary School

“The Ugly Duckling was so cleverly done, tapping into the humour of children and adults alike. The Arches continues to be our favourite venue for children’s theatre.”
Alison Campbell, Fortrose Nursery School

“It was the best!”
Alyssa, age 3

“When the little pigs went along it was so funny”
Ellen, age 4

“I loved when the Ugly Duckling turned into a swan. It was like magic”
Mollie, age 4

Essential ticket information

School days: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Weekends & school holidays: 1pm & 3.30pm
Fri 21st Dec: 10.30am only
Christmas Eve: 10.30am & 1.30pm
No performances on Mondays (except 24th)
No performances on 25th and 26th Dec

£9.50/£5 (child/conc) | Family ticket: £24 (2 adults & 2 children) | Teachers go free with school groups

Tickets are selling fast with many shows already sold out! Book online here or call 0141 565 1000

Performance lasts 55 minutes
Accessible for wheelchair users
Suitable for ages 3+
Small theatre so every seat has a great view
Kids’ menu in the cafe bar
Activity sheets