Following on from last year’s run, it has been confirmed that The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield will return to Wilton’s Music Hall from the 30th November. 

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Based on on the 1935 novel by Poet Laureate John Masefield, The Box of Delights is directed by Justin Audibert and will see Theo Ancient, Nigel Betts, Sara Stewart, Molly Roberts, Mark Extance, Safiyya Ingar, Tom Kanji and Samuel Simmonds starring in the production’s return to the Wilton’s Music Hall later this year.

On the train home for the school holidays, schoolboy Kay Harker has a strange encounter with mysterious magician Cole Hawlings, who entrusts him with his Box of Delights, an enchanted object with powers Kay could only dream of. When Cole suddenly vanishes, and his arch enemy Abner Brown is will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Box, Kay and his friends find themselves in a magical world of time-travel, bewitchment and baddies as they fight to save the Box and even Christmas itself.

The Box of Delights was adapted into a popular TV series in 1984 which proved to be a cult hit and is now re-imagined by best-selling children’s author Piers Torday, whose work includes The Last Wild trilogy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize) and the Narnia homage The Lost Magician.

The production includes designs by Tom Piper, lighting by Anna Watson, sound by Ed Lewis, video design by Nina Dunn and puppet design by Samuel Wyer.

Talking about the news writer Piers Torday said “I am as proud as punch that The Box of Delights is returning to Wilton’s this Christmas. It is such a thrill to introduce today’s children to one of the great original classics of magical adventure fantasy.”

The Box of Delights will play at the Wilton’s Music Hall from the 30th November until the 5th January 2019. To book tickets visit: https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/479-the-box-of-delights-by-piers-torday-based-on-the-book-by-john-masefield