Old Mother Hubbard (Wood)

by  David Wood

Short Play, Drama  /  20boy(s) or girl(s)

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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Old Mother Hubbard (Wood)

by  David Wood

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    20boy(s) or girl(s)
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    Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday

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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.

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“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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music


20boy(s) or girl(s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

20 characters to be played by various actors


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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 Expeditio ...

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First production at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch in 1975

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