Family-friendly cabaret glamour and glitz takes centre stage in this reworking of The Ugly Duckling. Critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell to bring his magnificent baritone to this reimagining of a childhood favourite, in his first work for children.

A classic tale of identity and belonging, Duckie is set in an animal circus. We join him on an adventure of self-discovery, peppered with dress ups, songs, Disney references, and at its core, an important message of acceptance.

A quirky, humorous and positive look at what it’s like to feel different and how to find one’s place in the world, Duckie is a show for all ages, the entire family, children and the young at heart.

Produced and developed by In Company Collective.

‘Few performers can make you forget where you are. Le Gateau Chocolat has that rare gift.’ (The West Australian)

‘If you thought you'd see in it all before, think again. Le Gateau Chocolat is here to shake up your festival.’ (Broadway Baby UK)

‘A baritone voice that makes the earth shake. A true original.’ (Basement Jaxx)

'Le Gateau Chocolat fuses physical theatre with song to create a totally engrossing piece... From small child to the most seasoned of adult theatre-goer – all are won over by the sheer magnetism of the performance.' (The Reviews Hub

'It’s rare to find a children’s show that is so densely packed with ideas, while also remaining accessible, but Duckie manages to pull this off.' (The Upside News)

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 3+