After nearly 1,500 performances, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is nearing its end in London. Mark Ludmon looks back over its five-year run. Nearly five years – or 1,743 days – after Christopher Boone first set out to investigate The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre, the show continues to earn standing ovations at its current home of the Gielgud. Audiences are wowed by Bunny Christie’s design, Finn Ross’s video effects, Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham’s movement direction, Simon Stephens’s writing, Mark Haddon’s story and, of course, the talent and physical prowess required to play the lead role of Christopher. After nearly 1,500 performances, the show will end its run in London on June 3. In that time, it will have been seen by over 1 million people in London, with Christopher played by 18 different actors including understudies. With many … Read more
The result here is that this is more the Comedy of Richard II than the Tragedy of Richard II. There is an unseemly pursuit of laughter – characterisations are extreme, language is tossed aside in favour of quick laughs and the deeper, darker side of text and situation is left largely unconsidered. This is not to say that production is not entertaining – it is – but it is not a production which seeks to achieve anything in particular or which attempts to enliven or illuminate. In rather the same way as an accomplished school performance can leave you satisfied, so too does this production. It’s a great introductory point; if this is your first taste of Shakespeare, you won’t be disappointed. But if you come looking for insight or new perspectives, you will find none.
Today is National Autism Awareness Week and the cast of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In the Night Time have shown support by taking part in Onesie Wednesday today, encouraging everyone to wear their onesies or pyjames to work to stand out for autism. Cast members Graham Butler, Sarah Woodward, Gay Soper, Roxanne Palmer, Sam Bond and Viv Acheampong gathered for a photo-call on the set of the show today. Graham Butler who plays Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time said: “Me and my fellow cast mates are delighted to show our support for World Autism Awareness Week’s ‘Onesie Wednesday’. I hope that London is in a sea of colour today with everyone going to work and school in their comfy onesies!” For more information on World Autism Awareness Week visit www.autism.org.uk Book tickets for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time