October 2016 
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Polka Theatre
240 The Broadway
London SW19 1SB
Polka is a registered
charity no. 256979
The Ugly Duckling
3 - 5 years
1 - 2 years

18 Oct 2011 - 18 Feb 2012

Out tumbles the biggest, strangest duckling you’ve ever seen. Honk! Hiss! Argh! Follow the ugly duckling through all the sights and sounds of the duckyard, as he waddles, swims and flaps his way into the big, wide world. Lost and lonely, will he ever find where he belongs?

This brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is by the director and designer of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the composer of Skitterbang Island. The Ugly Duckling promises to be a playful and tender production, brought to life with delightful music, movement and puppetry.

If you want to listen to some of the lovely music from the show then click below...


Running Time 40 minutes


The Ugly Duckling special toddler version (30 minutes running time)

We have adapted some performances throughout the run of The Ugly Duckling to make them suitable for children ages 1 - 2 years. These shows are slightly shorter at half an hour long instead of the full 40 minutes but still take place in our intimate Adventure Theatre. Look out for the 'T' symbol on the diary page of our brochure or if you're booking online these performances are labelled 'Ugly Duckling Toddlers'. Please be aware that the toddler version is now nearly sold out....we are sorry for any disappointment, please call the Box Office for any returns. 

Limited availability for the Toddler Version - for Feb 2012




Click here to read the exclusive behind the scenes blogs from the cast and director of the show.....

Polka Theatre presents The Ugly Duckling

Adapted by Jonathan Lloyd

Directed by Jonathan Lloyd and Jo Belloli

Composer Martin Ward

Lighting Designer Chris Randall

Choreographer Hannah Lefeuvre


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My four-year-old daughter was captivated throughout, and loved the experience. When I asked her aft...
22 December 11
Regarding Emma's comment. I took eight children aged between seventeen months to four years to see t...
4 December 11
Ugly Duckling was absolutely stunning.
29 November 11
We came for the first time amd we really felt looked after and we thought The Ugly Duckling was amaz...
29 November 11
It's so funny, I loved it, great for the kids
23 November 11
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