Tag: John Masefield

Box of Delights is “Best Christmas Show in town!”

The Box of Delights has been re-opened at Wilton’s Music Hall for another year, and the response has been extraordinary.

Attitude have called it “the best Christmas show in London” in their five star review, and the production was also one of The Observer’s ‘Top Christmas Shows of 2018’, describing it as a “cultural highlight.”

In fact, we’ve had a clean sweep of festive show critical picks:

“Classic” THE TIMES

“Crammed with enchantment” SUNDAY TIMES

“Critical success” GUARDIAN GUIDE

“Famed adaptation” EVE STANDARD

& critics choice in THE TELEGRAPH and INDEPENDENT!

So what are you waiting for?

The wolves are running, if you can stand their bite…. book today!

The Box is Back!

Watch out, because those wolves are running again…

It is with splendiferous pleasure that I announce that, following our sold out, critically acclaimed four star run at Wilton’s Music Hall last year, my adaptation of  John Masefield’s The Box Of Delights is 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…

The Box of Delights – world premiere announced

‘John Masefield’s The Box of Delights is one of the true classics. It has all the magic, adventure, threat, enchantment & excitement of the best tales for children of all ages. I remember wriggling with pleasure when I first read it and I couldn’t be more excited that such a talented team is bringing it to life for a new generation – and at Wilton’s – wonderful!’ 


I am delighted to tell you that Wilton’s Music Hall (the oldest music hall in the world), has invited me to adapt the former Poet Laureate John Masefields’ Christmas classic, The Box of Delights, for the international stage premiere this festive season. (30th December 2017 – 6th January 2018).

I grew up on this story, both in book form and the wonderful BBC TV adaptation, and it has been a thrill to bring it to life for a whole new audience. Full of enchanting stage magic, here is a reminder of why this is one of the best Christmas tales ever…

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… He meets an aged magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges him with protecting his wondrous Box of Delights, a device of great power. 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. 

For me, 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… 

I’m very excited to be working with an incredible team. The show will be directed by Justin Audibert (Royal Shakespeare Company; National Theatre), designed by Tom Piper (Olivier-Award winning and designer of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation at the Tower of London), with movement direction from Simon Pittman. Lighting is by Anna Watson, sound and music by Ed Lewis, and video by Nina Dunn.

Tickets are now on sale, with some limited but special offers for schools and group bookings still available.

It’s going to be a magical winter – hope to see you there!