The Box of Delights

London theatre news: Monday 9 October 2017

Christmas shows - Off-West End - Premieres

Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle to star in the World Premiere stage adaptation of magical Christmas book The Box of Delights by Piers Torday, based on the novel by John Masefield, at Wilton's Music Hall.
The Box of Delights at Wilton's Music Hall

Image: Wilton's Music Hall

National treasure Matthew Kelly and West End superstar Josefina Gabrielle are to star in the brand-new stage adaptation of The Box of Delights, it has been announced today.

This original production is the first time Poet Laureate John Masefield's festive classic has been reimagined for the stage, and will be brought to life by an ensemble cast in the gloriously Christmassy surroundings of Wilton's Music Hall.

Packed with Christmas spirit, festive fun and magic, this classic family show is brought to life by an 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 …

Joining Kelly and Gabrielle as part of the stellar cast 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 Gabrielle has 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, written by beloved children's author Piers Torday, whose work includes the bestselling Last Wild trilogy and new novel There May Be A Castle, 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 Audibert directing and Tom Piper designing can and that's why I'm on board.


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."


Mark Extance

Josefina Gabrielle

Tom Kanji

Matthew Kelly

Safiyya Ingar

Samuel Simmonds  

Rosalind Steele

Alistair Toovey

Creative Team

Writer - Piers Torday

Director - Justin Audibert

Designer - Tom Piper

Lighting Designer - Anna Watson

Video Designer - Nina Dunn

Composer and Sound Designer - Ed Lewis

Movement Director - Simon Pittman

Puppetry Designer - Samuel Wyer

Casting Director - Vicky Richardson


Wilton's Music Hall

1 Graces Alley (off Ensign Street)

London E1 8JB


1 December 2017 to 6 January 2018

7.30pm evening performances, 2.30pm matinees on Tuesdays (excl. 2 January), Thursdays (excl. 28 December and 4 Jan), Wednesday 27 December, Wednesday 3 January and Friday 29 December, Friday 5 January and every Saturday.

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


£20 - £35 full price

£15 - £30 concessions

£15 - £27 previews

£12.50 - £22.50 preview concessions

Schools packages available, including a free teacher ticket for every 10 pupil tickets booked: contact to find out more.

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