The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes and Other Stories “Dear me, what pretty dancing shoes!”

The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes and Other Stories

Theatre In Education Tour

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 11 Mar 2022 - Fri 18 Mar 2022
  • Location Theatre In Education Tour
  • Running from

    Friday 11th March 2022

  • Running time


"At last the large egg broke, and a young one crept forth crying, ‘Peep, peep'."

Devised by Toby Hulse and the Company, based on the stories by Hans Christian Andersen

Directed by Toby Hulse

Suitable for all ages

Whether reading a book, watching TV, or even sharing a joke with your friends, you just can’t beat a good story. But have you ever stopped to consider what it is that makes a story good, or different?

They all have the same basic ingredients: a beginning, a middle and an end. They all have characters, a plot, and a setting. Yet they are all very different.

The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen have been enjoyed for over 150 years, passed on from generation to generation, and found on bookshelves across the world. Hans came from an ordinary background – his mum worked in a laundry and his dad was a cobbler, making and repairing shoes, shoes that all had the same basic ingredients, a heel, a sole and a toe. Yet like stories, they are all very different…

This spring, we invite you to join us to discover the classic tales of Hans Christian Andersen, including The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes, The Tinderbox and The Little Match Girl. Which will be your favourite story to tell?


Holly Hawgood
Kate Cartwright
Sam Bell
Sumah Ene-Richardson
Tommy McAteer
Melina Sinadinou
Dudley O’Shaughnessy
Tom Gordon
Ellie Jack
Zoe Doughty
Francis Redfern
Chris Williams
Georgia Cudby
Akim Bangura

Creative Team

Director Toby Hulse

Assistant Director Rebecca Granger

Set, Prop & Costume Designer Matthew Cassar

Assistant Voice & Dialect Coach Charlie McCollom-Cartwright

Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin

Stage Manager Joe Waddington

Deputy Stage Manager Adam Mulligan

Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Manley

Construction Manager Neamh Campbell

Construction Assistants Jack Bain, Abbi Davies, Elspeth Goodman, Jude Fulwood, Lara-Louise Jones, Matthew Newcombe

Prop Maker Lydia Morgan

Costume Supervisor Saskia Bath

Costume Assistants Shanice Dacres, Elle Duncan, Jo Kenney, Arthur Wyatt

Scenic Art Assistant Georgina Vasey

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018