Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self acceptance at its core.

Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging.

Set in an animal circus, we join him on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths. 

A reinvention of family theatre


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DUCKIE delivers a message of acceptance and tolerance that resonates with adults and sews a seed in young children that hopefully blossoms in every new generation.

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Writer & Performer | Le Gateau Chocolat

Co-Writer, Director, Narrator |  Tommy Bradson

Costume & Set Designer | Ryan Dawson Laight

Lighting Designer | Jo Palmer

Musical Director & Composer | David Merriman

Choreographer | Mark Smith

Image Credits:

Promo Shoot | Manuel Vason

Show Images | Alexis Dubus

Video | Claire Nolan

Supported by Arts Council England.
Seed Commissioners New Wolsey Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre & Norwich Arts Centre.