The play takes place on an antique kitchen dresser. The Gingerbread Man, newly baked by the Big Ones, meets Salt, Pepper and Herr Von Cuckoo, who lives in the cuckoo-clock. He has a sore throat which is ruining his “cuckoos”, thus threatening to land him in the dreaded dustbin. The Gingerbread Man’s efforts to help Cuckoo’s sore throat are hampered by the villainous scavenger Sleek the Mouse and by The Old Bag – an old tea-bag who lives in the tea pot on the top shelf.
“Theatre at its best” - Jack Tinker, Daily Mail
“Worth travelling miles to see” - BBC Kaleidoscope
“The perfect children’s play” - Time Out
“How the children loved it. It was clear they were not merely engrossed with the goings-on on stage, but in many cases almost beside themselves with excitement … a superb success.” - Birmingham Post
“No one knows better than David Wood how to excite a child’s interest and imagination and not for nothing has he earned the title of ‘the National Children’s Dramatist’, a title fully deserved on the evidence of his Gingerbread Man… rapturously welcomed by a large and vociferous audience of youngsters… for two hours of sheer enchantment this show would be hard to beat.” - Aberdeen Press and Journal
“…splendid… the company succeed in stirring the loudest audience participation I have ever heard and, much more remarkable, commanding the most absolute breath holding silences.” - The Times
Since its first production, at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon in 1976, The Gingerbread Man has become an internationally successful musical play for children, as well as something of a classic in Great Britain.