The National Theatre‘s Olivier Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back celebrating its ten-year anniversary. Opening at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London audiences once again have the chance to see this brilliant production before it heads out on a UK and Ireland tour in 2022.
Adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, Curious Incident follows young Christopher Boone as he sets out on a mission to find out who killed his neighbour’s dog. Starting as an exciting opportunity for detective work, Christopher soon discovers a much bigger mystery at hand and it will take all his strength, bravery and understanding to face it head-on.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, Curious Incident is a complete sensory experience. Storytelling through lighting, sound, projection and video design combine to allow the audience to really experience life as Christopher in an awe-inspiring way.
Curious Incident is an ensemble piece and every actor portrays their characters with sensitivity and vigour. As Christopher’s parents, Tom Peters and Kate Kordel are expertly cast and their complicated relationship with each other and Christopher is extremely believable and heart-breaking. Rebecca Root gives a solid performance as Siobhan. Often being Christopher’s voice of reason, the audience immediately feels at ease with her and can understand why she’s a relaxing force in Christopher’s life. As Christopher, David Breeds is a tour de force. Immersing himself into the character, his energetic, nuanced and often frenzied performance is inspired. He handles the material with confidence and skill, allowing the audience to be drawn into Christopher’s world and you can’t take your eyes off him as a result.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time remains a special and inspiring lesson in empathy and understanding ten years on. A delight to watch, make this Christmas a Curious one and treat yourself to meet Christopher and help solve the case of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Reviewed by Stuart James