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Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle to star in Christmas show at Wilton’s Music Hall

Matthew Kelly in Toast. Photo: Shaun Webb Design.
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Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle are to star in the world premiere of The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

John Masefield’s Christmas book has been adapted for the stage by children’s author Piers Torday.

The Box of Delights will run from December 1 to January 6. It is directed by Justin Audibert, with design by Tom Piper.

Joining Gabrielle and Kelly, who won an Olivier Award for his performance in Of Mice and Men, will be Mark Extance, Safiyya Ingar, Tom Kanji, Samuel Simmonds, Rosalind Steele and Alistair Toovey.

Matthew Kelly said: “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.”

The Box of Delights is produced by Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions.

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