That leads us back to the National, which has just opened its Christmas show: Honk! The Ugly Duckling.
This comes from the same crack British team of Anthony Drewe (book and lyrics) and George Stiles (music) that wrote Just So, the musical based on stories by Kipling (as in Rudyard, rather than cakes) which was directed by former National Theatre actress Julia McKenzie. She's in charge once again, with a cast led by the great Beverley Klein, who brought the house down as the Old Lady with One Buttock in the National's Candide and stole hearts as Simon Russell Beale's bustling wife in Summerfolk.
"Honk! The Ugly Duckling" National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) in rep