The Box of Delights
Graces Alley Street Address 2, London, State, E1 8JB Saturday, December 23, 2017 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm Organized by: merkydeb (Contact)
The Box of Delights is a classic Christmas story by Poet Laureate John Masefield from 1935 but now brought to the stage at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. Reimagined by Piers Torday as a stage production for the festive season, it stars Matthew Kelly, of Stars in Their Eyes fame, as well as Josefina Gabrielle, and features original music and the use of puppetry.
Incidentally, The Guardian has called Torday “one of the best writers for children working today,” and actor and writer Stephen Fry is looking forward to the show saying: “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!”
World Stage Premiere
Masefield’s book is being brought alive and adapted for the London stage. The new production being performed at Wilton’s Music Hall will be a World Stage Premiere of the story, and the creative team behind it include, Director Justin Audibert (Royal Shakespeare Company) and award-winning Designer Tom Piper.
The Box of Delights story
The Box of Delights is an adventure story about a boy called Kay Harker, who meets Cole Hawlings, an ageing wizard, who gives him a magical box with the ability to travel in time. The old man mysteriously vanishes soon after, leaving Kay having to protect the box at all costs from the hands of Abner Brown, who enters the tale and whom we discover is an evil sorcerer. Kay calls upon heroes from the past to help protect himself and the magic box, and with it the lives of all those he loves in the present.
When to see it
The Box of Delights is being staged at Wilton’s in matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30 pm, and evening performances on all days at 7.30 pm, from 1 December through until 6 January, but no shows on Sundays and on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Also there is no evening performance on Boxing Day. You can book tickets for The Box of Delights in advance and online, and there is sure to be a high demand so it is a good idea to get them while you can.
It would make a wonderful Christmas gift to take your children along to see this exciting show. A matinee performance at 2.30 pm on 23 December would be a great time for doing this. If you are looking for somewhere to stay for the rest of the day, a place you could leave any shopping or baggage you might have with you, and somewhere to freshen up in before you go to the performance, you could choose from the many day rooms in London via DayBreakHotels.com.
The whole experience of a day out in London and a trip to see a show will not only be a fabulous gift but a lasting Christmas memory!