Wilton's

A Wilton’s Music Hall Production in association with CulturaMobila

18th March to 18th April . 7:30pm to 9:45pm . Matinees 2pm - 4:15pm. > NOTE: Press Night on 25th March will start at the earlier time of 7pm.
13 Benches (preview) 18.50 Best Seats (preview) 15 Benches 25 Best Seats

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.

Creative Team & Cast
Writer / Director Julian Garner
Designer Hanne Horte
Lighting Designer Filippo de Capitani
Sound Designer Michele Panegrossi
Puppet Making Pickled Image, Hanne Horte, Steve Wilson & Jake the Maker
Samantha Arends Ensemble
Stewart Fraser Vadim

Lori Hopkins Eveline

Kevin James Ensemble

Melissa Stanton Maria

Jonathan Stone Father Nandru

Francis Wright Mihail

With traditional folk and Gypsy music from Transylvania by Csergő Band


They like it

  • a real feast for the eyes and ears

    ****. The Upcoming

  • the gaggle of exquisite puppets will also leave you spellbound… this dreamy neo-realist fable will bring out the big kid in anyone.

    The Londonist

  • 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)
    : facebook.com/londongypsyorchestra
    Zivorad & Bogdan (11th & 12th April)
    : bogdan.vacarescu.com, zivoradnikolic.webs.com

  • School Offers & Workshops

    There are a limited number of £5 tickets for schools. If you are a teacher and would like to know more, contact David at d.graham@wiltons.org.uk.

Supported by:Supported by Backstage Trust & Arts Council England
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