28th October 2021

By Le Gateau Chocolat

Event Details

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’ ★★★  Critics Choice, The Reviews Hub

‘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.’ – Live Art Alive




Writer & Performer | Le Gateau Chocolat
Co-Writer and Director |  Tommy Bradson
Costume & Set Designer | Ryan Dawson Laight
Lighting Designer | Jo Palmer
Musical Director & Composer | David Merriman
Choreographer | Mark Smith

Originally developed by In Company Collective / Something To Aim For.

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


Claire Nolan with Something to Aim For


Le Gateau Chocolat’s work spans drag, cabaret, opera, musical theatre, children’s theatre and live art. His bewitching baritone has been heard in previous works Le Gateau Chocolat (2011), ❤ Chocolat (2012), In Drag (2013 Royal Festival Hall commission) and BLACK (2014 Homotopia commission), which toured with music ensemble Psappha in 2017.

His children’s show Duckie premiered at the Southbank Centre in 2016, and was included in the Guardian’s ‘6 of the Best Shows for Children’ of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show, which introduces young people to the ideas of otherness, tolerance and self-acceptance, has been presented at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Wales Millennium Centre, Roundhouse, Contact Theatre and across venues in the South East of England.



This show is part of our Digital Programme supported by Kent County Council.

Date: 28/10/2021 to 28/10/2021
Suitable for:3 - 300! For the young and young at heart!
Buy Tickets

Supported By

  • Medway Council - Serving You - Logo
  • Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust Logo