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Father Nandru & The Wolves
Dates: 18th March 2014 - 18th April 2014
Times: Tuesday to Saturday nights 7.30pm (7pm 25th March), matinees 2pm
Prices: Preview week £13 - £18.50 (18th to 24th March), run £19.50 - £25.
N/B: There are late night, post show live Gypsy bands every Friday and Saturday night. Matinees will be on 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th March, 3rd, 10th and 17th of April. £5 tickets are available for schools, call the Box Office for more information on eligibility. Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes (approx.) including interval
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By Julian Garner
A Wilton’s Music Hall Production in association with CulturaMobila

A lost village, star-crossed lovers, mysterious wolves and the extraordinary story of a community trying to save what is most precious to them before it is lost forever

Five hundred years ago, founding fathers built a log church in a small village deep in the heart of Transylvania where, centuries later, the villagers still worship. When Eveline, the lop-faced daughter of a leading family, elopes with Vadim, the crippled son of a Roma dancing clan, the little village is sent into a frenzy. Only the priest, Father Nandru, is aware that just around the corner a far more dangerous threat is lurking, and that this community must put their differences aside if anything is to survive into the future.

Written especially for Wilton’s Music Hall by award-winning playwright Julian Garner and designed by Hanne Horte around the eccentricities of this unique and beautiful building, Father Nandru & The Wolves is a captivating folk tale, based on a true Romanian story and narrated in verse. Experience dream-like design, larger than life puppetry and some impressive feats of engineering. This will be Wilton’s last full scale production before going under wraps & The Chrysalis Club emerges.

For dreamers, dancers and adventurers aged 8 - 108.

The Story & Wilton's Music Hall

This production is based on a true story from Romania where the Ceaușescu regime laid plans for the destruction of thousands of villages to maximize land for agricultural production. Wilton’s Music Hall has lived with the threat of closure and collapse for many years and this show resonates deeply with its own story. This will be the last full production that Wilton's will present for over a year as building work (and a smaller artistic programme) will be taking place from May, allowing us to fully repair this historic site. We invite you to join us for a great story of love, hope and survival.

To find out more about Wilton's repairs, please visit the Capital Project page.

Creative Team


Writer / Director Julian Garner

Samantha Arends Ensemble
Designer Hanne Horte Stewart Fraser Vadim
Lighting Designer Filippo de Capitani Lori Hopkins Eveline
Sound Designer Michele Panegrossi Kevin James Ensemble
Puppet Making
Melissa Stanton Maria
Pickled Image, Hanne Horte,
Jonathan Stone Father Nandru
Steve Wilson and Jake the Maker Francis Wright Mihail

With traditional folk and Gypsy music from Transylvania by Csergő Band

Conjuring up the spirit of village life

Wilton’s is a beautiful building to explore, take your time to look around and experience some Transylvanian magic before and after the show. Conjuring up the spirit of village life throughout the entire building, Eastern European food and drink will be on sale, courtesy of Zakuski London.

There will be post-show live Gypsy bands every Friday and Saturday including music from:

London Gypsy Orchestra (4th & 5th April)


Zivorad & Bogdan (11th & 12th April)



From 6pm, ZakuskiLondon will be serving a buffet selection of their famous food including blinis, pirozhki, mushroom Stroganov pies, salat oliv'ye and herring on Borodinsky bread. They are available to cater for party hires at Wilton's throughout the duration of the show.

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