Curious Incident booking extension at the Gielgud Theatre until February 2017

The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has extended its booking period to 18 February 2017. The Olivier Award-winning production reopened at the Gielgud Theatre on 8 July 2014, following previews from 24 June. It was previously booking to 7 January 2017.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is based on Mark Haddon's award-winning novel, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott. The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting 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.

From 20 June 2016 the cast will include Joseph Ayre, who will make his West End debut in the lead role of Christopher Boone. He will be joined by Jo Castleton as Siohban, Nicholas Tennant continuing as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke continuing as Mrs Alexander with Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters, Thomas Dennis as alternate Christopher, Charleen Qwaye, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie who will continue with the company.

Joseph Ayre, who comes to the show direct from a three year undergraduate course at East 15 Acting School, said of the announcement: "I’m so excited about playing  Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and taking on the challenge of one of the most complex and interesting characters in the West End. This is my first acting job out of drama school and taking on this role with the National Theatre really is a dream come true for me."

Synopsis: "Christopher, 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 a 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."

The original production won seven Olivier Awards, including the award for Best New Play, and opened at the Cottesloe Theatre at the National Theatre in 2012, before transferring to the West End's Apollo Theatre, where it played until 19 December 2013.

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