A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY
The National Theatre has done it again with The Curious Incident Of the Dog In the Night Time. Based on Mark Haddon’s award winning and beloved novel this critically acclaimed production has recently transferred to the West End. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time cleaned up at the 2013 Olivier Awards winning in nearly every category including Best Play, Best Actor and Nest Director.
WHAT IS CURIOUS INCIDENT ABOUT?
In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, fifteen years old Christopher stands beside 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 the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.
He has an extraordinary brain, 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 he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
This remarkable production will remain with you long after you have left the theatre. It’s one of the most innovative and incredible pieces of theatre you are likely to see in the West End.
In an early publication of his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon allowed the word autism to be printed on the cover, a decision he later regretted because he is uncomfortable with the novel being used as a reference or guide book for people with autism or Asperger’s.
He explained that Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger’s. ‘It’s a novel whose central character describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties”. If anything it’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. It’s as much a novel about us as it is about Christopher.
One of the great things to come from Curious Incident is a series of ‘relaxed performances’ aimed at families with children that have an autistic condition, sensory and communication disorder or learning disability. These special performances are now being adopted by productions across the West End. For further information visit The Society Of London Theatre who publish a regular guide to relaxed performances.
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Christopher Boone – Sion Daniel Young
Siobhan – Rebecca Lacey
Roger Shears – Stephen Beckett
Punk Girl – Pearl Mackie
Judy – Mary Stockley
Reverend Peters – Sean McKenzie
Ed – Nicolas Tennant
Mrs Alexander – Jacqueline Clarke
Mr Thompson – Matthew Trevannion
Mrs Shears – Indra Ové
Alternate Christopher – Kaffe Keating
Mark Rawlings, Penelope McGhie, Naomi Said, Simon Victor
Director – Marianne Elliott
Designer – Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer – Paule Constable
Video Designer – Finn Ross
Movement Directors – Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly
Sound Designer – Ian Dickinson
Music – Adrian Sutton
Fight Director, – Kate Waters
Simon Stephens’s imaginative adaptation and Marianne Elliott’s brilliant production find solutions that actually manage to throw fresh and arresting light on the material while keeping a perfect equipoise between the comedy and the heartache.
Paul Taylor, The Independent
The Curious Incident is a beautiful, eloquent show about the wonders of a life that initially seems hopelessly constrained.
Henry Hitchings, London Evening Standard
Simon Stephens’ clever adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel about a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome is like a cute dog that leaps up and wants to lick you all over. There’s no point in resisting – and there’s no need.
Lyn Gardiner, The Guardian
2013 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best New Play
Best Director – Marianne Elliott
Best Actor – Luke Treadaway
Best Supporting Actor in a Supporting Role – Nicola Walker
Best Sound Design – Ian Dickinson and Adrian Sutton
Best Lighting Design – Paule Constable
Best Set Design – Bunny Christie and Finn Ross