“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 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”.
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ will return to the West End in November 2018 for a limited season.
The play, adapted by Simon Stephens, is based on British writer Mark Haddon’s 2003 mystery novel of the same name, winner of more than seventeen literary awards. Regarding his novel, Haddon stated that “Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger’s… if anything it’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way”.
The show, directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America), is a co-production between the National Theatre and the Ambassador Theatre Group. The London production will retain the same creative team since 2012, to include set and costume design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, sound design by Ian Dickenson, music by Adrian Sutton, and movement by Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham of Frantic Assembly.
The production premiered in August 2012 at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre (now the Dorfman) for a sold-out run, before transferring to the West End’s Apollo Theatre in March 2013. After the roof of the Apollo collapsed during one performance, the production reopened at the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014, closing there in June 2017, after over 1,600 performances.
During the show’s premiere run, it won a total of seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director (Marianne Elliott), Best Set Design, Best lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Choreographer. This meant that the show joined Matilda the Musical as holding the record for most Olivier Awards won (now surpassed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with nine).
The production transferred to Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 2014, closing in September 2016. Here, the show also won many awards, including the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.
The show toured the UK and Ireland from December 2014, completing a 32-city tour, with a second UK and Ireland tour of 25 cities beginning in January 2017, running to September 2017. The show recently completed a 30 date tour of the USA, whilst an international tour visited many cities, including Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne, from 2017-2018.
‘Curious Incident’ has now been seen by over three million people – in nine countries and 78 cities – worldwide, and is hailed by The Times as “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle” and, according to the Evening Standard, is “a beautiful, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life”.
Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic of The New York Times, wrote of the show’s 2013 premiere, “Christopher’s maiden voyage into an alien metropolis becomes a virtuoso study in sensory overload. Those lights, noises, street signs, road maps, random words that spell themselves into being… it all keeps coming at you… it forces you to look at the world through Christopher’s order-seeking eyes. In doing so you’re likely to reconsider the dauntless battle your own mind is always waging against the onslaught of stimuli that is life”.
Regarding the show’s return, Simon Stephens said: “I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home”.
Lisa Burger, National Theatre Executive Director said: “We always felt that there were many more performances of Curious Incident in the West End left to give, and many more audiences who were yet to connect with Christopher Boone and his extraordinary story…. We can’t wait to share this beautiful and inventive show with a new generation of audiences.”
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from 29th November 2018, to 23rd February 2019, will an official opening night on 11th December.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday 21st September, at 9:30am.
Casting is to be announced.