The Gingerbread Man (musical)

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The Gingerbread Man
A Musical Play
The Gingerbread Man promotional art.jpg
MusicDavid Wood
LyricsDavid Wood
Basis"The Gingerbread Man"

The Gingerbread Man is a two-act musical play written by David Wood, based on the 19th-century fairy tale, "The Gingerbread Man". It premiered in 1976 at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, Essex, and went on to great international success.[1]

After the musical's positive reception at Towngate Theatre, Wood teamed with theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh to co-produce a revival at The Old Vic in 1977. After a successful season, they brought it back to the Vic in the following year. Thereafter, The Gingerbread Man was especially well received in Japan and Germany.[1]

Samuel French Ltd. published the libretto in 1977,[2] and reprinted it in 1999. Methuen Drama also reprinted it in the 1999 anthology David Wood Plays, Vol. 1, for their Contemporary Dramatists series.

Wood later adapted the play into a series of 13 screenplays, which became a stop motion-animated children's television series also called The Gingerbread Man. The series was co-produced by FilmFair and Central Independent Television in 1991, and broadcast on ITV in 1992.


  1. ^ a b "The Gingerbread Man". David Wood: The National Children's Dramatist. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ Wood, David (1977). The Gingerbread Man: A Musical Play. London: Samuel French Ltd. ISBN 0573050422. OCLC 6449315.