by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield

1st December to 6th January . 7.30pm evening performances, 2.30pm matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. . Running time 2 hours plus interval
£20 - £35 full price, £15 - £30 concessions, £15 - £27 previews, £12.50 - £22.50 preview concessions

This is an archived webpage. However,
The Box of Delights will return to Wilton's for Christmas 2018. Book your tickets HERE.

Schools packages available, including a free teacher ticket for every 10 pupil tickets booked: contact info@wiltons.org.uk to find out more.

‘I couldn’t be more excited that such a talented team is bringing The Box of Delights to life for a new generation – and at Wilton’s – wonderful!' Stephen Fry

Kay Harker is on the train home from school for the holidays. But this Christmas will be different. His parents are dead, and the wolves are running… 

On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with protecting his Box of Delights, a wondrous device with time travelling powers. But when the old man mysteriously disappears, Kay faces the fight of his life to protect the Box, and with it, the people he loves. For Cole’s nemesis, the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Box.

The Box of Delights is a magical and festive adventure like no other, in which one boy must enlist the help of the heroes of the past, to defeat the evil in his present. The very future of Christmas itself depends upon him.

Starring Olivier-award winner Matthew Kelly and three-time Olivier award nominated Josefina Gabrielle, this marks the World Stage Premiere of Poet Laureate John Masefield’s much-loved classic, re-imagined especially for Wilton’s by Piers Torday whose work includes The Last Wild trilogy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize) and new novel There May Be a Castle. The tale will be brought to life by an acclaimed creative team including Director Justin Audibert (Royal Shakespeare Company; National Theatre) and Olivier award-winning Designer Tom Piper.

'John Masefield wrote two of the greatest children’s books ever written' The Times

'Piers Torday is one of the best writers for children working today' The Guardian

Creative Team
Writer - Piers Torday           
Director - Justin Audibert
Designer - Tom Piper
Lighting Designer - Anna Watson
Video Designer - Nina Dunn
Composer and Sound Designer – Ed Lewis
Casting Director - Vicky Richardson
Movement Director -  Simon Pittman
Puppetry Designer - Samuel Wyer

Mark Extance 
Josefina Gabrielle 
Safiyya Ingar
Tom Kanji
Matthew Kelly
Samuel Simmonds 
Rosalind Steele 
Alistair Toovey

A co-production by Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions 


Look out for the opportunity for some festive shopping at our special The Box of Delights bookshop, in partnership with Pickled Pepper Books
Please note that the pop-up bookshop will be cash only.

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