Tag: The Box of Delights

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…

Box of Delights competition winner revealed!

A massive thank you to everyone who entered our Box of Delights drawing competition – we loved seeing what you imagined would be in the Box.

It was a really tough decision but myself, designer Tom Piper and actress Josefina Gabrielle finally chose this entry from Ruby, aged 10. Well done Ruby!

Win FREE tickets to The Box of Delights!

To celebrate the world premiere of my adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights Wilton’s is running a drawing competition for Key Stage 2 (years 3-6).

We would like you to draw or paint a picture of what you imagine might be contained within the magical Box of Delights!  The winning entry will be printed on the front cover of The Box of Delights programme for the duration of the production’s run at Wilton’s, 1st December 2017 – 6th January 2018.

The winner will also receive four tickets to see a performance of their choice of The Box of Delights, subject to availability.

What You Need to Do

  • Make a picture of what you think might be in the Box of Delights.
  • Use any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece, as long as the entry is two dimensional.
  • The entry must be no bigger than A4.
  • Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, boldness and impact. Judges will include: myself, the show’s designer Tom Piper and Josefina Gabrielle, who is starring as Sylvia Pouncer.
  • Closing Date Friday 17th November at 12.00 (midday). We will not be able to return submitted work.DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM HERE

Matthew Kelly & Josefina Gabrielle to star in The Box of Delights

Delighted to finally announce our incredible cast for my brand-new stage adaptation of The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall:

National Treasure Matthew Kelly and West End superstar Josefina Gabrielle are to star, as part of an ensemble cast in the gloriously Christmassy surroundings of Wilton’s Music Hall. Joining Kelly and Gabrielle as part of the stellar lineup will be Mark Extance, Safiyya Ingar, Tom Kanji, Samuel Simmonds, Rosalind Steele and Alistair Toovey.

Matthew Kelly is an Olivier-award winning actor best known for television and stage acting and presenting family favourites Stars In Their Eyes and Game For a Laugh. Having appeared in several West End productions; Of Mice and Men, Waiting For Godot, Funny Peculiar and Sign of the Times to name a few, Matthew has most recently been appearing in Desire Under The Elms at the Sheffield Crucible. Three-time Olivier-nominated Josefina Gabriellehas appeared in countless West End shows, including Stepping Out, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Sweet Charity and Merrily We Roll Along. Her television credits include Miranda, Doctors, Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Heartbeat.

The original great British children’s literary classic, which has inspired authors from C S Lewis to J K Rowling, The Box Of Delights was reinvented as an award-winning BBC television show in the 1980s and became an instant cult classic, creating a fanbase of thousands around the world. This brand-new stage show tells the story of young orphan Kay Harker, the boy who must save Christmas. On the train home for the holidays he encounters an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who tasks Kay with protecting his Box of Delights, a wondrous device with time travelling powers. And so begins a tale of adventure that transports Kay through time and space, as he must protect the Box against Cole’s nemesis, the evil sorcerer Abner Brown.

Matthew Kelly says ‘I couldn’t be more delighted to be returning to Wilton’s, a magical venue and the perfect setting for the Christmas classic The Box of Delights. How they will achieve the effects of snow, flood, talking animals, miniaturised children and flying cars in this exciting time-travel adventure I have no idea. If anybody can do it, Justin Audibertdirecting and Tom Piper designing can and that’s why I’m on board. Hurrah.’

Josefina Gabrielle says ‘I’m so excited to be joining the cast of The Box of Delights. And I can’t wait to see what this incredible creative team has in store for us in bringing this wonderful story to life at the very special Wilton’s Music Hall this Christmas.’

Packed with Christmas spirit, festive fun and magic, this family show is brought to life by our acclaimed creative team including Director Justin Audibert (Royal Shakespeare Company; National Theatre) and Olivier award-winning Designer Tom Piper and takes place in the wonderful Wilton’s Music Hall, a venue so Christmassy the smell of mulled wine positively oozes from the walls…