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Honk! - Tabard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS Christmas, the Tabard Theatre is presenting a brand new production of Stiles and Drewe’s Olivier award-winning Honk! – from Monday, December 10, 2012 to Saturday, January 13, 2013.

As ‘Ugly’ is hatched under the adoring gaze of his proud mum, Ida, his musical adventures begin.

Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat him for dinner. Eventually, Ugly escapes but has no idea how to return home. Along his way, he encounters a beautiful Swan, a flock of Geese and a Bullfrog to mention but a few.

Join Ugly on his journey to see if he can find his way home and discover who he really is.

A world-wide stage sensation since it was first produced, this 1993 musical based on The Ugly Duckling story by Hans Christian Andersen, has clocked up over 8,000 productions and been seen by over five million people. It has also won numerous awards including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have strong connections with the Tabard Theatre. In 2010, the Tabard Theatre produced Stiles and Drewe’s first musical Just So (based on the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling) and in 2011, Anthony Drewe directed the Tabard Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Drewe has also been involved in the auditioning and casting process of Honk! and has attended rehearsals and production meetings.

Honk! is directed by Madeleine Loftin, who recently directed the Tabard Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers. The production is designed by Chris Hone and has lighting by Alexander Ridgers, musical direction by Tom Theakston and choreography by acclaimed West End star Mark White (Ghost, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line) who also stars as Ugly’s father Drake.

The cast also includes Kathryn Rutherford, Kate Scott, Lydia Grant, Marina Kelman, Lydia Jenkins, Joe Sterling (as Ugly), Tim Oxbrow, Alex Papachristou and Benjamin Vivian-Jones.

According to press material, this Ugly duckling musical, featuring a live band and a cast of ten, boasts a score brimming with wit, melody and unexpected emotion that will enchant and delight the whole family.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 8995 6035 or visit