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Press Release: Northern Ballet announces major national tour for children's ballet (The Ugly Duckling)

Jan McNulty

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For immediate release

21 November 2022


Northern Ballet announces major national tour for well-loved children’s ballet 




Ugly Duckling, a ballet for children 

will tour nationally February – May 2023 




Northern Ballet has announced that its well-loved ballet for children Ugly Duckling, will embark on a major national tour throughout spring 2023, following its sell out performances in Leeds and London last month. The production will tour from February to May 2023, visiting more than 25 theatres. 


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 learns to love herself and those around her.


Retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, this child friendly 40-minute ballet has been created especially for children and their families to experience live dance, music and theatre together.  




Ugly Duckling was the first children’s ballet from Northern Ballet, premiering in 2012. The Company has produced eight children’s ballets which have achieved huge popularity live on stage, in CBeebies TV adaptations and in cinemas nationwide. In its third revival since premiering, Ugly Duckling will be performed to music by John Longstaff, played live by members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia at every venue. Sets are designed by Dave Gillan, lighting by Alastair West, and costumes designed by Julie Anderson.  


Federico Bonelli, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet
'Northern Ballet is committed to breaking down barriers to world-class ballet and our unique children's ballet programme enables children and their families to experience the wonder of live dance, music and theatre at their local theatres across the country.'


For venues, updates to on sale dates and details on how to book, please visit northernballet.com/ugly-duckling 




Notes to Editors 

Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading and widest touring ballet companies. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and impressive storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance.   


A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing ballet to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director Federico Bonelli. Northern Ballet’s Company of dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at more than 40 venues annually.   


Launched in 2019, Northern Ballet’s digital dance platform ensures more people can access their work, from full-length films of popular ballets through to exciting short dance films by up-and-coming choreographers and filmmakers. Visit digitaldance.org to discover more.  

In addition to Ugly Duckling, Northern Ballet will be touring the children’s classic, The Nutcracker to theatres across the UK this autumn. To find out more visit northernballet.com/whats-on 



Ugly Duckling 2023 Tour Listings 


Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Leeds 

Sat 11 – Wed 15 February 2023*

Box Office 0113 200 8008 


Buy tickets now 


Stoke Regent Theatre 

Thu 16 February 2023 

Box Office 0844 871 7615


Buy tickets now


Hull New Theatre 

Sat 18 February 2023 

Box Office 01482 300 306 


Buy tickets now


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 

Sun 19 February 2023 

Box Office 01484 430528 


On sale soon 


Mansfield Palace Theatre 

Tue 21 February 2023 

Box Office 01623 633 133 


Buy tickets now 


Buxton Opera House 

Wed 22 February 2023 

Box Office 01298 72190  


Buy tickets now


Corby The Core 

Thu 23 February 2023 

Box Office 01536 470 470 


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Doncaster Cast 

Sun 26 February 2023 

Box Office 01302 303 959 


On sale soon 


Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre 

Tue 28 February 2023 

Box Office 01429 890000 


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Goole Junction 

Sat 4 March 2023 

Box Office 01405 763 652 


On sale soon 


Bridlington Spa 

Tue 28 March 2023 

Box Office 01262 678258 


On sale soon 


Middlesbrough Theatre 

Thu 30 March 2023 

Box Office 01642 81 51 81 


On sale soon 


Crewe Lyceum Theatre 

Sat 1 April 2023 

Box Office 0343 310 0050 


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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 

Sun 2 April 2023  

Box Office 01902 42 92 12 


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Durham Gala Theatre 

Tue 4 – Wed 5 April 2023 

Box Office 03000 266 600 


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York Theatre Royal 

Thu 6 April 2023 

Box Office 01904 623568 


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Bradford St George’s Hall 

Sat 8 April 2023 

Box Office 01274 432000 


On sale soon 


Derby Theatre 

Tue 11- Wed 12 April 2023 

Box Office 01332 59 39 39 


On sale soon 


Newcastle Northern Stage 

Fri 14 – Sat 15 April 2023* 

Box Office 0191 230 5151 


Buy tickets now


Berwick Maltings  

Sun 16 April 2023 

Box Office 01289 330 999 


On sale soon 


Harrogate Theatre 

Tue 18 April 2023 

Box Office 01423 502 116 


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Barrow Forum 

Thu 20 April 2023 

Box Office 01229 820000 


On sale soon 


Blackpool Grand Theatre 

Fri 21 April 2023 

Box Office 01253 290190


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Edinburgh Festival Theatre  

Sun 23 April 2023  

Box Office 0131 529 6000 


On sale soon 


Oldham Coliseum  

Sat 29 April 2023  

Box Office 0161 624 2829 


Buy tickets now


Aylesbury Waterside  

Mon 1 May 2023  

Box Office 0844 871 7615  


On sale soon 


*Relaxed Performance available. Aims to reduce anxiety around theatre visits by creating a more informal environment. May benefit people with sensory or communication difficulties, or a learning disability. Please contact the relevant Box Office for more details.


Illustration, Emily Nuttall. 

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