The Box of Delights
Kay Harker is heading home for the school holidays. Recently orphaned, he knows this Christmas will be different but nothing could prepare him for the journey that lies ahead.
On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with safeguarding a wondrous device that has time-travelling powers. It’s an instrument that Cole’s nemesis, the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown, will stop at nothing to steal for himself. And so when the old man mysteriously disappears, Kay faces the fight of his life. He must protect both the Box of Delights and, with it, the people he loves.
The Box of Delights is a magical and festive adventure in which one boy must confront the secrets of the past to defeat the evil in his present. The future of Christmas itself depends upon him.
Adapted for the stage for the first time by Piers Torday, John Masefield’s much-loved classic The Box of Delights premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in December 2017.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
“An incredible job of reworking the original novel – while still including some beautiful nods to the beloved television version”
Libby Purves, THEATRE CAT
“One of the best children’s books ever written”
“Very charming… and wildly imaginative”
“A compelling and complete fantasy world”
“Witty and gripping”
“Captures the dreamlike strangeness of a much loved children’s classic”
“Magical – an unexpected treat”
“Destined to become an enduring festive favourite”
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