Welcome to The Box Of Delights Archives

The Box Of Delights Archives is the world’s largest fan site about The Box Of Delights book by John Masefield, adaptations for Radio, Television, Theatre, Music, Film, information, photos and trivia etc. In the story Kay Harker and Punch and Judy man Cole Hawlings try to keep the wondrous “The Box Of Delights” from Abner Brown and his gang. The wolves are running and Kay and his friends encounter mystery and magical adventures in the Christmas classic.


Television

The Box Of Delights 1984 TV

The Box Of Delights 1984 TV

The book was adapted for television by the BBC in 1984.

TV Series
Filming Locations
Music Soundtrack By Roger Limb
Broadcast Dates & Times
Cast & Crew
Interviews


Book

The Box Of Delights 1935 & 1984 Books

The Box Of Delights 1935 & 1984 Books

The book by John Masefield was first published in 1935. Further publications have been released.


Radio

The Box Of Delights 1995 Radio

The Box Of Delights 1995 Radio

The book was adapted for radio by the BBC in 1943, 1948, 1955, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1995.
1943 Radio Series Children’s Hour BBC Home Service
1948 Radio Series Children’s Hour BBC Home Service
1955 Radio Series Children’s Hour BBC Home Service
1966 Radio Play Saturday Night Theatre BBC Home Service
1974 Radio Play 4th Dimension BBC Radio 4
1977 Radio Play Saturday Night Theatre BBC Radio 4
1995 Radio Series Full Cast Dramatisation BBC Radio 4


Theatre

The Box Of Delights 2017 Theatre

The Box Of Delights 2017 Theatre

The book was adapted for theatre by Gareth Jones and Jon Francis at Hailsham and Brighton in 1994 and Eastbourne in 1996, by Piers Torday at Wilton’s Music Hall London in 2017 and 2018 and by 2Faced Dance Company at Hereford in 2019.
1994 Musical Theatre Hailsham Community College
1994 Musical Theatre Preston Park Brighton
1996 Musical Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne
2017 Wilton’s Music Hall London (External link)
2018 Wilton’s Music Hall London (External link)
2019 17-23 December Hereford by 2Faced Dance Company (External link)


Music

The Box Of Delights 1984 Music

The Box Of Delights 1984 Music

Adaptations often use music by Victor Hely-Hutchinson used in the first radio series, alongside other background music.
1984 TV Music Soundtrack By Roger Limb And The BBC Radiophonic Workshop


About

About This Website
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Copyright

This is an un-official and non-profit information website see the copyright disclaimer.


Links

Links to social media pages, fan communities and other websites of interest.


Contact

Contact details.


By: The Box Of Delights Archives
Published: November 20, 2014 Modified: November 21, 2019

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20 thoughts on “Welcome to The Box Of Delights Archives

  1. A wonderful website. The interviews are marvellous. The most wonderful thing is I now watch The Box Of Delights with my son every Christmas as well. Splendiferous

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  2. Thanks for a great website. I bought the series on DVD just before Christmas, having not seen it since it first aired, and watched it with my daughter. She was transfixed and I was transported back to my childhood. As magical and menacing as ever.

    Your interview with Geoffrey Larder is excellent, by the way. Charles was always my favourite character, and Geoffrey gave such a generous and heartfelt interview. It’s a shame he’s done relatively little over the years. Do you know what he’s been up to lately?

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  3. This series was with me through childhood and my late mother and I were very fond of it. I think after it there was the Children of Green Knowe. Did they ever make a series of The Midnight Folk. Great website wish I had found it ages ago. Thanks for the very happy memories.

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  4. Hi, just found your wonderful site. And like a lot of other posters, I watch the DVD every Christmas and was thrilled to find all the locations here on the site. I love it, it’s so much part of my Christmas and thank you for going to all this trouble…

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  5. Hello. I’m Gary. I was flummoxed and flabbergasted to find this wonderful sight. I love, The box of delights, I have literally seen it dozens and dozens of times. I know the entire script by heart and I love to watch it every Christmas eve if I can. A blu ray release would be nice consisting of the six episode series and also an uninterrupted full version. Great to see others that share my love of, The box of delights. Got to go, time and tide and buttered eggs…

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  6. I watched The Box of Delights in 1984 as an 11 year old and have watched it pretty much every year since at Christmas. My two daughters now watch it with me every year and they love it. We have just returned from a short break in Worcester and I used your excellent website to arrange a surprise tour of the locations nearby, which included a ride on the steam train from Bewdley to Arley. They both loved it!

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  7. Just found this awesome site – great work. Watched this on BBC1 when it first aired in 84. Bought the omnibus VHS from the BBC store the next year and watched it every Christmas since (switching over, of course, to the DVD a few years ago). Now living in the US and I watched this again with my family yesterday evening.

    Last night in Texas….the wolves were running…

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  8. Fantastic page dedicated to “The Box of Delights”. This was one of my all time classics produced by the legendard Alan Seymour who produced “The Chronicles of Narnia” as well.
    This was also the first time I met Devin Stanfield and I had a huge crush on him as a 10 year old..so maybe that was the first time I found out about love. Sorry for being soppy!!!

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  9. Great website, I am a big fan of The Box of Delights, one of my favourite children’s Drama serials.

    I enjoyed looking at the location photographs, yesterday.

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