The Box of Delights  

Piers Torday from an original work by John Masefield

DOI: 10.5040/9780571347445.00000003
Acts: 2. Scenes: 31. Roles: Male (16) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Kay Harker is heading home for the school holidays. Recently orphaned, he knows this Christmas will be different but nothing could prepare him for the journey that lies ahead.

On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with safeguarding a wondrous device that has time-travelling powers. It’s an instrument that Cole’s nemesis, the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown, will stop at nothing to steal for himself. And so when the old man mysteriously disappears, Kay faces the fight of his life. He must protect both the Box of Delights and, with it, the people he loves.

Adapted for the stage for the first time by Piers Today, John Masefield's classic The Box of Delights premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in December 2017.

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Faber and Faber

Piers Torday from an original work by John Masefield

ISBN: 9780571346103

Series: Faber Drama

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