Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts
Event Detail
Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

The Gingerbread Man

Saturday 11 December - Thursday 30 December
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

Children & Families

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The Gingerbread Man is running 27–30 December and we hope you enjoy the show.

We are very sorry that Covid amongst the company required us to cancel performances in the week leading up to and including Christmas Eve. We were extremely sad to disappoint audiences but followed procedures to keep everyone safe. Our box office team will continue to call ticket bookers to arrange a full refund for tickets purchased for the cancelled performances.

1 hour (no interval)
Suitable for ages 3+
No performances on Mondays, 25 & 26 December 

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in their tea!  

Up and down and into town our Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty. Is he faster than a Goose?  Can he cross a river using a Fox as a raft? Come and join the bravest biscuit of all on his quest for survival.

Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live action, great music,  humour  and stunning staging in this exciting and pacey retelling of the much-loved classic tale.  Suitable for families of all ages! No scary bits – just don't turn up hungry! Now  run, run as fast as you can, you need to get tickets to catch this Gingerbread Man! 

Huge smiles all round, we haven’t stopped talking about it since!"
Audience member

A fabulous production, so cleverly put together!"
Audience member

Public Performances Dates:

Monday 27 December, 1pm & 3.30pm
Tuesday 28 December, 1pm & 3.30pm
Wednesday 29 December, 1pm & 3.30pm (Relaxed Performances)
Thursday 30 December, 1pm & 3.30pm

Relaxed and BSL interpreted performances

Relaxed Performances are ideal for people who have learning disabilities or autism, sensory and communication requirements or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. The lights will be heightened and sound lowered to accommodate a more supportive experience. Our technical team and actors will have considered the changes needed to make the show accessible for the needs of our audience.

British Sign Language (BSL) performances have an interpreter who will be visible throughout to interpret the spoken elements of the performance.



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Safety Information

The safety of our visitors, staff and students is our priority. Here's what we're doing to help keep everyone safe, and what you can do to help. 



In line with government guidelines, all staff and visitors must wear a face covering when inside our buildings. Read our list of exemptions. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow.


The number of visitors permitted in our spaces has been reduced. Although it is no longer mandatory, we ask that visitors give people space where it is sensible or requested.


Please do not visit Lakeside if you or anyone you live with is feeling unwell or have a loss of smell, temperature, consistent cough or loss of taste.


Hand sanitiser is available at regular intervals throughout our venues. We recommend you make use of these upon arriving and leaving our venue.


The frequency of our cleaning throughout our venues has been increased, including toilets and other facilities.


We are currently only accepting contactless payments. Cash will not be accepted. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Created with public funding from Arts Council England, support from The Berry Theatre, Hedge End & The Point Eastleigh, with additional support from Salisbury Playhouse and The Lyric Theatre Bridport.