A Co-Production by Wilton's Music Hall and Hero Productions
30th November to5th January .7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm).
£12.50 - £35 full price, £10 - £30 concessions | Previews 30th November - 4th December
"Stylish and absorbing show that will delight audiences of all ages." ★★★★ Evening Standard, December 2017
★★★★★ Spy in the Stalls ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Sunday Times ★★★★ The Financial Times ★★★★ Radio Times ★★★★ The Stage
The Box of Delights wowed audiences and critics last time round and returns to Wilton’s this Christmas, back by popular demand for a limited run of 45 performances.
Based on the much–loved and critically acclaimed festive children's classic by Poet Laureate John Masefield, a direct forerunner to Narnia and Harry Potter, known to many through the legendary BBC adaptation. You can now experience the enthralling wonder of Masefield's world for yourself, from flying cars to fiery phoenixes.
Once upon a time, there were two great sorcerers, Ramon Lulli and Arnold of Todi. To decide who was the most powerful, they made a wager. Who could invent the most incredible magical power, never seen before?
After a year, Ramon returned with an elixir, which would grant the drinker eternal life. But then Arnold revealed his invention .
A box of his own invention. A mysterious and wondrous Box of Delights, with dark powers.
Before Ramon could respond, Arnold disappeared, taking his Box with him.
Now centuries later, a boy on a train travelling home for the holidays, is about to be drawn into an ancient magical struggle, that will see him fighting not just for his life, but to save Christmas itself.
Watch out, Kay Harker, for the wolves are running…
Writer: Piers Torday
Director: Justin Audibert
Designer: Tom Piper
Lighting Designer: Anna Watson
Composer and Sound Designer: Ed Lewis
Video Designer: Nina Dunn
Movement Director: Simon Pittman
Puppetry Designer: Samuel Wyer
Casting Director: Vicky Richardson
Associate Director: Hannah Joss
Nigel Betts Mark Extance Safiyya Ingar Tom Kanji Molly Roberts Samuel Simmonds Sara Stewart
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including an interval Recommended age 7+
School packages available, including a free teacher ticket for every 10 pupil tickets booked. Download the education pack here.
They like it
The best Christmas show in town.
Captures the dreamlike strangeness of a much loved Christmas classic.
Truly charming festive treat that will thrill the kids while entrancing the adults. Recommended.
What's On Stage
The small enchantments keep coming and the setting is the genuinely magical Wilton's.