Ugly Duckling retold in charming new production

A new production of the classic children’s story “The Ugly Duckling” is coming to three rural Lancashire venues, next month.

The show, which is suitable for ages five and above will first visit Arkholme Village Hall on Sunday 6 December at 2.30pm. It will then travel to New Longton Village Hall on Sunday 20 December at 3.30pm followed by Tosside Community Hall on Monday 21 December at 3pm.

Northumberland Theatre Company’s “The Ugly Duckling” is an enchanting reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s story – packed with lively songs, dance and visual treats – this is a funny and heart-warming story for all the family.

Doris Duck is awaiting the hatching of her latest batch of eggs, but bossy, self-satisfied Prima Donna hen and cocky Mr Rooster will keep interfering. The story follows the arrival of Desdemona Duck and her attempt to discover her real place out in the icy winter world, despite the meddling of her silly siblings Dilly and Dally. With her friend Kha, the raven, to look out for her, Desdemona survives the threat from those who want to befriend her for their own reasons and discovers who she really is.

This is a story about growing up, finding your own identity and a mother’s struggle to protect her children or let them go!

The shows form part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of rural touring, taking professional arts events to isolated rural communities across the county.

Speaking ahead of the shows, Spot On’s scheme manager Sue Robinson said:

“This is a lovely little reworking of a classic children’s story and what a perfect way to keep warm and dry in December! As it’s Christmas time we’re expecting these shows to be very popular so we’d advise people to get their tickets early.”

Tickets for the Arkholme show can be booked by calling 07519 281305. For the New Longton performance call either 01772 615093 or 01772 614264 and for the Tosside show call 01729 840272.

For more information about the show or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email