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 …
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.
Starring Olivier-award winner Matthew Kelly and three-time Olivier award nominated Josefina Gabrielle, this marks the World Stage Premiere of Poet Laureate John Masefield’s much-loved classic, re-imagined especially for Wilton’s by Piers Torday whose work includes The Last Wild trilogy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize) and new novel 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.