Note: This Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time review is from the production at the Gielgud Theatre. Click here to buy tickets for the 2018 Piccadilly Theatre production. Read more
The National Theatre's extraordinary production of Simon Stephen’s play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to London for a run at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre later this year.
The play has delighted audiences all across the UK and the world ever since its premiere in 2012. Curious originally opened at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre (now known as the Dorfman Theatre) on the South Bank, but with demand for tickets so high, the production transferred to the West End, where it went on to win seven Olivier Awards, including the award for best new play.
Based on Mark Haddon's original 2003 book and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, it was directed by Marianne Elliott with innovative stage design by Bunny Christie, lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross and movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly.
Curious Incident… tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who attempts to solve the mystery of who murdered his neighbour Mrs Shears. As he searches for clues, we come to learn of Christopher’s extraordinary mind, his talent for maths, and a journey that takes him far out of his comfort zone.
The play proved so popular, praised especially for the care with which it tells the story of a boy with autism, it is taught as part of the GCSE English Literature curriculum in British schools, and is a staple in the history of modern British theatre. In 2018, rather than ask schools and parents to pay for tickets for a trip, the National Theatre produced a version of the play to tour around secondary schools in the UK.
Having become one of the West End's most popular plays, the production transferred to Broadway where it opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 5 October 2014. It went on to win the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Tickets for the production sold well on Broadway, and Curious Incident ran in New York for 800 performances, closing on 4 September 2016.
The play has since been seen around the world in productions in Mexico, Seoul and Canada as well as a 32-date UK tour. A second UK and Ireland tour ran in 2017.
See the multi-award-winning smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Christopher Boone, fifteen years old, 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 in an attempt to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.