The National Theatre’s Olivier and Tony Award winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time today (17 February 2016) announced the release of over 140,000 tickets taking bookings at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End to 29 October 2016
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book and directed by Marianne Elliott, Associate Director of the National Theatre. Designs are by Bunny Christie, whose innovative set for Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things transfers from the National Theatre to the Wyndham’s Theatre in March 2016.
The lighting is by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which started life at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, transferred to the West End in 2013, first to the Apollo Theatre and then to the Gielgud Theatre. Simon Stephens’ adaptation was added to the AQA GCSE in English Literature set texts for English schools in 2014, making it the only modern play currently performing in the West End to be part of the AQA Post-1914 drama and prose section.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Sion Daniel Young plays the lead role Christopher Boone. Rebecca Lacey plays Siobhan with Nicolas Tennant as Ed, Mary Stockley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Indra Ové as Mrs Shears, Stephen Beckett as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Pearl Mackie as No. 40/Punk Girl, Sean McKenzie as Reverend Peters and Kaffe Keating is the alternate Christopher. Also in the cast are Mark Rawlings, Penelope McGhie, Naomi Said and Simon Victor.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will embark on a second national tour from January to September 2017, and can currently be seen on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where it received five Tony Awards including Best Play. Marianne Elliott’s will be directing Angels in America for the National Theatre in May 2017.
Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenberg
Watch my interview with Graham Butler who previously played the lead role Christopher Boone in the West End production