David Wood (actor)
21 February 1944
Sutton, Surrey, England
|Education||Chichester High School for Boys|
|Alma mater||Worcester College, Oxford|
|Notable works||The Gingerbread Man (1976)|
|Notable awards||Order of the British Empire|
|Spouse||Sheila Ruskin (1966–1970) (divorced)|
Jacqueline Stanbury (m.1975)
David Bernard Wood OBE (born 21 February 1944) is an English actor, author, composer, director, magician and producer. The Times called him "the National Children's Dramatist". In 1979, he joined Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, and Jan Francis in a reading of The Hobbit for the BBC Television show Jackanory.
His most famous story, The Gingerbread Man (1976), has been all across the world since its premiere at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon. Wood, FilmFair, and Central adapted the musical into an animated children's television series. The adaptation, also called The Gingerbread Man, aired on ITV in 1992.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for his services to literature and drama.
Among his film roles are Johnny in Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968) and Thompson in Aces High (1976). He appeared as the character Bingo Little in the original London cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn musical Jeeves in 1975.
- The Plotters Of Cabbage Patch Corner (1970)
- Flibberty and the Penguin (1971)
- The Papertown Paperchase (1972)
- Hijack Over Hygenia (1973)
- The Gingerbread Man (1976), a musical inspired by the 19th-century fairy tale "The Gingerbread Man"
- Nutcracker Sweet (1977)
- The Ideal Gnome Expedition (1980)
- The Selfish Shellfish (1983)
- The See-Saw Tree (1986)
Adaptations of Roald Dahl's books for children:
- The BFG (1991), adapted from The BFG (1982)
- The Witches (1992), adapted from The Witches (1983)
- The Twits (1999), adapted from The Twits (1979)
- Fantastic Mr Fox (2001), adapted from Fantastic Mr Fox (1970)
- James And The Giant Peach (2001), adapted from James And The Giant Peach (1961)
- Danny The Champion Of The World (2004), adapted from Danny the Champion of the World (1975)
- George's Marvellous Medicine (2009), adapted from George's Marvellous Medicine (1981)
- The Magic Finger (2013), adapted from The Magic Finger (1962)
Other adaptations of English authors of children's literature:
- The Owl and the Pussycat went to See.... (1968) co-written with Sheila Ruskin, based on the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear
- Meg and Mog (1981), adapted from Helen Nicoll's books about her characters Meg and Mog
- Noddy (1993), adapted from Enid Blyton's books about her character Noddy
- Rupert Bear (1993), adapted from Mary Tourtel's comic strip Rupert Bear (1920)
- Babe, the Sheep-Pig (1997), adapted from Dick King-Smith's The Sheep-Pig (1983)
- Spot's Birthday Party (2000), adapted from the Spot books by Eric Hill (1980)
- Tom's Midnight Garden (2000). adapted from Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea (2008), adapted from Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came To Tea (1968)
- Guess How Much I Love You (2010), adapted from Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (1994)
- Goodnight Mister Tom (2011), adapted from Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom (1981)
Adaptations of adult literature:
|1973||Tales That Witness Madness||Tutor - Phillipe||(segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")|
|1980||North Sea Hijack||Herring|
- "All About Me - David Wood".
- David Wood: The National Children's Dramatist
- "Bernard Cribbins: A life in pictures". BBC News. 28 July 2022.
- Wood, David; Grant, Janet (15 March 1999). Theatre for Children: A Guide to Writing, Adapting, Directing, and Acting. Ivan R. Dee. pp. 22–. ISBN 978-1-4616-6449-9. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
- Lyn Gardner, The Go-Between – review, The Guardian, 19 September 2011
- David Wood with Janet Grant (1997), Theatre for Children: A Guide to Writing, Adapting, Directing, and Acting. London : Faber and Faber. ISBN 0571177492 -- The introduction (pages xiv to xxiv) includes an overview of Wood's early career.
- David Wood (1999/2014), Plays 1. London: Methuen ISBN 1472536878
- David Wood (1999/2014), Plays 2. London: Methuen ISBN 1472536886
- David Wood (2018), Filming If.... Book Guild Publishing. ISBN 1912575388