Book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Music is by George Stiles


Based on HC Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”, Honk! tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother.

This 1993 British musical has had over 8,000 productions across the world and seen by over 5 million people. It has won multiple awards including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical (beating The Lion King and Mamma Mia! for the prize), providing a unique spin on the classic tale of The Ugly Duckling. Inventive and imaginative, furry animals are banished and the characters placed firmly within the contemporary world.
Packed with every animal pun possible, Honk! breathes new life into the timeless tale from Hans Christian Andersen, combining wit, poignancy and fantastic tunes to result in an evening of sheer delight.
From the writers of the additional songs for the stage adaptation of the worldwide smash hit Mary Poppins Stiles and Drewe are “the brightest hopes for the future of the British musical” (Daily Telegraph).


When ‘Ugly’ emerges from his mother’s nest, it is clear from the start that he is not like the rest of the community. The subsequent bullying and taunting from his siblings and neighbours, combined with his father’s disownment, drive him to abandon his family and explore the world outside the duck pond with terrifying, comic and enlightening consequences.

Ugly’s hilarious adventures take him through field, ditch and valley, country house and frog pond, confronting him with indistinguishable friends and foes at every turn. His journey forces him to better understand the world around him and, through the help of others, discover his true self.

Performance Week
Performance dates:
Tuesday 13 May – Saturday 17 May, 2014, 7:30pm
Saturday 17 May, 2:30pm


Venue: The Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane (off Fleet Street), London EC4Y 8EQ
Nearest Tube: Blackfriars


Honk! Cast
(in alphabetical order):
Joyce Abosi – Downy, Pinkfoot, Mother Swan
Chris Allen – Billy, Jack Daw, Barnacles, Father Swan
Paul Ashfield – Turkey, Bullfrog
Rhonda Bryant – Henrietta, Canada, Bewick
Will Gunston – Rooster, Greylag
Heather Jones – Ida
Richard Killip – Farmer
Sally-Anne Luckhurst – Maureen, Lowbutt
Subhadra Monga – Fluff, Snowy
Heather Mullins – Beaky, Queenie
Daniel Oliver – Drake
Franciscus Prins – Cat
Grace Ross – Grace
Grace Swinnerton – Dot, Penny
Jamie Worth – Ugly


Production Team
Damian Sandys – Director
Giles Burden – Producer
Kieran Stallard – Musical Director
Edo Avraham – Production Manager
Grace Ross – Choreography Assistant


This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.