The Box of Delights | Wilton's Music Hall

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The Box of Delights

"'I couldn't be more excited that such a talented team is bringing The Box of Delights to life for a new generation - and at Wilton's - wonderful!" - Stephen Fry

Kay Harker is on the train home from school for the holidays. But this Christmas will be different. His parents are dead and in the snow, the wolves are running…

On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with protecting his Box of Delights, a wondrous device with time travelling powers. 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.

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…

This marks the World Stage Premiere of Poet Laureate John Masefield's 1935 Christmas classic, The Box of Delights, re-imagined especially for Wilton's by Piers Torday whose work includes The Last Wild trilogy (Guardian Children's Fiction Prize) and There May Be a Castle.

The tale will be brought to life by an acclaimed creative team including Director Justin Audibert (Royal Shakespeare Company; National Theatre) and Olivier award-winning Designer Tom Piper.

'John Masefield wrote two of the greatest children's books ever written' - The Times

'Piers Torday is one of the best writers for children working today' - The Guardian


1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB

Cancellation Policy

No refunds after booking.

Performance Times

1st December to 6th January

7.30pm evening performances, 2.30pm matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

No performances on Sundays, on Christmas Day or News Year's Day and there will be no evening performance on Boxing Day.

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Wilton's Music Hall

1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel,


E1 8JB

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