Book, music & lyrics by David Wood
Since its first production at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch in 1975, OLD MOTHER HUBBARD has been especially popular with amateur companies and drama students.
Using the old nursery rhyme as a starting point, David Wood has created an original storyline, incorporating pantomime elements and other nursery-rhyme characters, plus some unusual animals, including Humperdink – a camel!
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 in it.
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.
The original production employed sixteen actors, some of whom doubled. A larger cast is possible, including a choir of carol singers and a child, who plays a small version of Greedyguts, the Bailiff.
“Resounding success … the children lifted the roof with their cheers, boos and hisses … a magical evening’s entertainment.”
“It’s a classic – lots of participation, some witty, catchy songs … infectious spirit … very funny.”
Essex & East London Newspapers
The play and piano/vocal score are published by Samuel French Ltd., a Concord Theatricals Company. First Class Professional & Foreign Rights : Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Repertory Rights : Samuel French Ltd., a Concord Theatricals Company. UK Amateur Rights : Samuel French Ltd., a Concord Theatricals Company. US Stock and Amateur Rights: Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.