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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase


Start: Wednesday 23/11/2022
End: Saturday 26/11/2022
Location: The Mill Arts Centre
Address: Banbury

Fancy a change from the usual pre-Christmas entertainment?  Look no further than Banbury Cross Player’s next production at The Mill Arts Centre.

Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is hailed as a “genuine small masterpiece” in the literary world.  It is the first in a series of twelve books set in a unique historical world.  “King James III is on the throne and the country is ravaged by wolves which have migrated through the newly-opened Channel Tunnel”.  Not quite so fantastical to us today as it was to Ms Aiken when writing Wolves in 1962!

The stage adaptation by Russ Tunney is a challenging ensemble piece for the cast.  Taking on the role of Chorus as well as their individual characters, the actors invite the audience and their imagination to join in the adventure.

Cousins Sylvia and Bonnie fall into the hands of the evil Miss Slighcarp.  They must use all their wits to escape.  The Governess is more cruel and merciless than the wolves surrounding the great house.  With their friend, Simon the goose boy, they are caught up in devious plotting.  Encountering unforgettable characters on the way, our three heroes show that courage and friendship are the way to win the day.

This is a fun, good vs evil, family adventure which blends melodrama and comedy with a little spookiness to make an intriguing story.

Tickets are available from The Mill Box Office on 01295 279002 or online using the link above.

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