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Old Mother Hubbard (Wood) - Short Play, Drama

Old Mother Hubbard (Wood)

David Wood

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Short Play, Drama

20boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573064494

Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Wood
It is Christmas Eve and a lonely dog arrives at Old Mother Hubbard's Home for Lost Children. But alas, her cupboard is bare! Worse still - together with her brood of nursery rhyme children - she is turned out by the bailiff and the rent collector. They make their way to a forest where they encounter…

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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Short Play


Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday


Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

It is Christmas Eve, and a lonely dog arrives at Mother Hubbard’s Home for Lost Children; but alas, her cupboard is bare. Worse still, she is turned out by the bailiff and the rent collector, together with her brood of nursery-rhyme children. They make their way to a forest, where they encounter a magician, the Great Boon, on his way to a circus. By a fortunate mistake, the magician casts a spell which enlarges the bailiff’s boot to a size which makes it big enough for Mother Hubbard to take temporary residence inside. But her troubles are far from over, and they all undergo many adventures – not least with a sinister Cat, before all turns out well, and they are able to take part in a Grand Circus.


“Resounding success…the children lifted the roof with their cheers, boos and hisses…a magical evening’s entertainment.” - Wythenshawe Express

“It’s a classic – lots of participation, some witty, catchy songs…infectious spirit…very funny.” - Essex & East London Newspapers

First production at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch in 1975


20boy(s) or girl(s)


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting


20 characters to be played by various actors

Rental Materials
Piano/Vocal Score
  • David Wood on Doing It Yourself

  • David Wood on Getting Started As a Playwright

  • David Wood on Challenges In His Plays

  • Interview with David Wood

David Wood

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The ... view full profile

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