Set entirely on a kitchen dresser, The Gingerbread Man by David Wood is one of Britain's most successful plays for children. Wood writes: 'I didn't want to recreate the nursery tale about the Gingerbread Man who eventually gets eaten by the fox, so started to think of a more contemporary situation, in which a freshly-baked gingerbread man might affect the day-to-day lives of other characters living in the kitchen where he had been baked.'
Other characters in the play include Herr Von Cuckoo, a cuckoo in a cuckoo clock who sports natty leder-hosen; Salt, a salt cellar with pretentions to being a sailor; Pepper, an elegant lady, and a pepper-cellar; The Old Bag, a short-tempered teabag; and Sleek the mouse, an intruding American gangster of a mouse.
The Gingerbread Man was first performed at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, UK, in December 1976. It has gone on to perform internationally to rapt crowds of excited and mesmerised children.