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Casting announced for the West End return of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford
Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford

Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford

  • Casting announced for the West End return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as rehearsals begin today.
  • Joshua Jenkins makes his West End debut as Christopher Boone having played the role on the UK and international tour.
  • Multi-award-winning production opens 29 November 2018 at the      Piccadilly Theatre for a strictly limited season until 27 April 2019.
  • Christopher (Joshua Jenkins) visits Piccadilly Circus for the first time with Toby, his pet rat .

The full cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been announced this morning as rehearsals begin for its return to the West End.  The Olivier and Tony Award® -winning show begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on Thursday 29               November, with a media night on Tuesday 11 December.  The strictly limited season ends on 27 April 2019.

Curious Incident is adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and            directed by Marianne Elliott (War HorseAngels in America,Company).

 Playing the central role of Christopher Boone and making his West End debut is Joshua   Jenkins who played the role on the recent UK and international tour, performing alongside Julie Hale (Siobhan), Stuart Laing (Ed), Emma Beattie (Judy), Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters), Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears), Lucas Hare (Mr Shears), Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl), Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander), Craig Stein (Mr Thompson).  Sam Newton will play           Christopher at certain performances and the understudies are: Kieran GarlandEmma-Jane GoodwinRose Riley and Joe Rising.

Curious Incident has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide. It is the winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.  Following its New York premiere in September 2014, it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

Joshua Jenkins played Christopher on the production’s first 31 date tour of the UK and Ireland ending in September 2017 and then on international tour visiting Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017– 18. The show recently completed a 30-date tour of the USA and a schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country continuing until December 2018.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-            production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

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. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.’

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which 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 killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is 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 distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million      copies world-wide.

Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the       Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical   comedy, Company, which opened at the Gielgud Theatre, London in September.    Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie. On 29 November War Horse returns to the NT and in doing so becomes the third production directed by Marianne playing in London.

Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work included Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse (Tony® Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for LivingThe Light      PrincessPortSeason’s GreetingsAll’s Well that Ends WellHarper ReganSaint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre) and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the NT and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Elliott & Harper’s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for   children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His    latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’ plays for the NT include a new translation of The Threepenny OperaPort (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen DisruptionHeisenberg: The Uncertainty     Principle (Broadway and West End), BirdlandBlindsidedThree KingdomsWastwaterPunk RockSeawallPornographyCountry MusicChristmasHerons and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A   Working Diary was published in 2016.

Emma Beattie (Judy) Emma trained at ALRA and was winner of the 1998 Lilian Baylis Award.  Her theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK and International Tour), Medea (The Gate Theatre), The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre), The Odyssey (Derby Playhouse), The Last of the Haussmans (NT), Death of a Cyclist (Soho Theatre), Four for Jericho (Pleasance Courtyard), Great Expectations   (Watermill Theatre), The Song of Deborah (Lowry Theatre), The Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), Ivanov (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Ruffian on the Stair (Orange Tree Theatre),John        Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), The Cut (Donmar Warehouse), King Lear      (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) and Hysteria (UK Tour).  Emma’s screen credits include: Doctors (BBC), The Wives Did it (Discovery); Mr Selfridge (BBC) and Legacy (Feature).

Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander) trained at Mountview Theatre School and The Anna Scher Theatre in North London.  She won an OFFIE Award – Off West End Theatre Award – for Best Supporting Female 2017 for her performance in Karagula by Philip Ridley, for Soho Theatre, DEM Productions and Pig Dog Associates.  Other theatre credits include; Sense Of An Ending (DEM Productions/Theatre 503); Boi Boi Is Dead (Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Watford Palace Theatre); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The     Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); The Crucible (Royal Shakespeare Company);     Anansi (Southwark Playhouse); Stand By Your Van and Elephants in Nairobi (Menagerie Theatre Company), Stepping OutThe Wizard Of OzArabian NightsDick Whittington and Cinderella (The Everyman, Cheltenham), One Dark Night (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff & tour), Horrible Histories – The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians (Birmingham Stage       Company & tour) and To Kill A MockingbirdStepping Out and Treasure Island (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Films and Television credits include; TopboyHarley Street and Play Days BBC 1.

Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears) trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  Her theatre credits include: The Other Place (Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake);Great Expectations    (Malvern Theatres/UK Tour); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (NT UK Tour); The One That Got Away (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); The Miser (Watermill Theatre); Lady Windermere’s FanThe Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange); A      Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unicorn Theatre); Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes,  Vaudevillains SideshowThe Ceremony (Les Enfants Terrible); News Revue(Canal Cafe Theatre); Hobsons ChoiceThe Taming Of The Shrew (RADA Enterprises); On This Site (Roustabout). Television includes Doc Martin. Film includes Sink and Lambeth (short film) and radio includes Penmaric (BBC),

Kieran Garland’s theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK, International and Schools tour) for the NT; RIFT’s Macbeth at Balfron Tower, Poplar; Lysistrata (UK tour), for Actors of Dionysus; Macbeth for Vienna’s English Theatre, Austria; and 10,000 Several Doors (Duchess of Malfi) for Prodigal Theatre at The          Nightingale, Brighton.  His TV appearances include Locked Up Abroad for National           Geographic/Raw TV.

Emma-Jane Goodwin trained at East 15 Acting School. Her theatre appearances include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time – UK, Ireland and International Tour       (NT), Sandra after Birthday (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Her Big Chance (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Someone’s Out There (Sglodion Fawr Theatre), Love Steals us from Loneliness (Chippy Lane Productions), Matchmakers (Three Muses Productions) and Yolk (Three Muses Productions)  On television she has appeared in Stella (Sky) and on    radio in Bert & Dave’s Big Break (Wireless Theatre Company).

Julie Hale (Siobhan) has just returned from touring internationally with Curious Incident and is delighted to now be in the West End. Her theatre work includes Whisky Galore (in Gaelic)  with National Theatre Scotland , Cured by Stef Smith as part of the Glasgay Festival at the Arches, Glasgow,  Old Timesand Love in the Title with London Classic Theatre,  LovechildCeausescu’s Ear and Pericles, all with Gerry Stembridge, Sunshine Boys at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Exiles by James Joyce at The Friends of the Italian Opera Theatre, Berlin, an Irish national tour of Canaries,  Abigail’s Party and The Gingerman at The New Theatre, Dublin. The Gingerman then transferred to the Irish Arts Centre, New York where she was then cast and performed in the New York premier of Red Roses and Petrol directed by Neil Jones.  Her film and television work includes ShetlandGarrow’s LawCrashMy Left FootAsh WednesdayW.C., TroublesBlack and WhiteWhen Brendan met TrudyFlickBlack Day at BlackrockBobbie’s Girl & Bloom.  Julie had an ongoing role as Terry Deegan in the Irish soap-opera Fair City for 8 years and was D.I. Amanda Rook in the Scottish soap-opera River City.

Lucas Hare (Roger) trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (NT UK & Ireland tour), Children Of The SunScenes From An Execution, The Last Of The Haussmans, Season’s Greetings (all NT), A Match Made In Heaven (Frinton Summer Theatre), The Mentor (Vaudeville    Theatre), The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath & tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Chichester and Duchess   Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Spider’s Web (Agatha Christie Theatre Company), The Tempest (Shared Experience), A Taste Of Honey (Brave New World), Thark (Watermill Theatre), The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven (Sally Humphreys Productions), The Doctor’s Dilemma (Almeida), Twelfth Night(Sheffield Crucible), Romeo And Juliet (Hull Truck), Death And The Maiden (Harold Pinter Theatre).  His television appearances include The Crown, Friday Night Dinner, Broadchurch, EastEnders, Casualty, Manhunt, The Rook, Learners, U Be Dead, Law and Order UK, Dream Team Retro, Hearts and Bones, Touching Evil, The Bill and films include Die Another Day and The Engagement

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His work in theatre includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT; A Soldier in Every SonKing JohnRichard III and Dunsinane (with National Theatre of Scotland) for the RSC; Unrestlessin the Old Vic Tunnels; and The World Turned Upside Down for Òran Mór. TV includes Holby CityBaker BoysDoctors, One Night in EmergencyGarrow’s LawHeartbeatBelonging and Stopping Distance. Film includes Plots with a View.

Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl) trained at Identity Drama School.  Her theatre credits     include: Punk Girl in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Gielgud Theatre);    Sarabi in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Tina & u/s Deloris in Sister Act (UK Tour);      Lorraine/ Dynamite & u/s Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (UK Tour); u/s Yvonne in Been So Long (Young Vic/ETT); u/s Joanne in Rent (Broadway Theatre); Sarah in Ragtime    (Kenneth More Theatre).  Her film and TV credits include: Been So Long (Film Four/    Greenacre Productions); Behind Every Great Day (Dreams Beds commercial);Johnson and Johnson Baby Global (commercial).

Stuart Laing (Ed) trained at Drama Centre, London. His work in theatre includes The         Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT;  title role in Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre Colchester; Peckham: The Soap Opera for the Royal Court; Dolls House at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry;Hundreds and ThousandsBilly & The Crab Lady and Food For Thought at Soho Theatre; Neil la Bute trilogy on UK tour, Seasons Greetings at Liverpool Playhouse, Indian Country at Chapter Theatre, Hushabye Mountain at Hampstead Theatre , A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatr Clywd, Bad Company at the Bush Theatre; Blowing Whistles at Leicester Square Theatre; Drowning on Dry Land at Salisbury          Playhouse; Kiss of the Spider Woman & Over Here at Leicester     Haymarket and Loot at Thorndike Theatre.  TV includes Casualty, Silent Witness, Vincent, Spooks, Father Brown, How TV Ruined Your Life, In a Land of Plenty, Everytime You Look At Me, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Poirot, Strikeforce, Sex and Lies, The Bill, Berkley Square, Blood & Peaches, Bob Martin, Burn It, Cambridge Spies, Devil’s Advocate, Eastenders and Wire in the Blood.     Animator, In Your Dreams, Kavannagh QC, Holby City, Doctors. Film includes South West Nine, The Lawless Heart, Butterfly Man, Gaston’s War, Lie Still, Nine Songs, Strong Language, The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, Three Steps to Heaven and The Truth Game.

Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters) trained at RADA.  His theatre credits include: Landlord, Moth, Old Man, Mr.Iger, Roy, Fred in Two by Jim Cartwright (Derby Theatre); Joe, Fred, Jim, Patrick, Kevin, Barry in Ladies Day (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre); Ken in the world     premiere of Ali Taylor’s Goth Weekend; Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and  various roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s 60th Anniversary Gala; A Brief History of Plays (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Nurse Tabatha Trott in Sleeping Beauty/ Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); Rev Peters/Station Policeman/ Uncle Terry/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Frantic Assembly/  NT production in the West End); Sgt Thunder in War Horse (NT, UK and international tour – MTA Winner); Sgt. Lugg in The Magistrate (NT); The Village Bike (Sheffield Crucible); Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Hull Truck / No.1 UK tour); Scobie in The Glee Club (Hull Truck/UK tour); Toad in The Wind in the Willows; Bey the Reindeer in The Snow Queen (for Derby LIVE at Derby Theatre); Ladies Day (Lichfield Garrick); Abigail’s Party (Northcott   Theatre,Exeter); Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!; Up ‘n’ UnderTime of My LifeOn The Piste (Derby Playhouse); Time and the Conways (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); Puck and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Adrian Noble (RSC – Stratford, London and world tour); Ugly Sister in Cinderella (York Theatre Royal); Trinculo in The Tempest (Theatr Clwyd, Nottingham Playhouse and world tour); Alistair in Two Weeks With The Queen, directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and NT – TMA Winner); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector (Harrogate Theatre).Also workshops with Stephen Daldry, Lyndsey Turner, Patrick Marber, Lucy Bailey, Michael Buffong, Melly Still at NT Studio. Television credits include: EmmerdaleBillionaire BoyTruckers, VeraBirdsong,TrolliedDownton AbbeyShamelessJohn AdamsMrs InbetweenyMiss FlorenceCity of ViceHonestWild WestCoogan’s RunLost TimeDalziel and PascoeThe Golden HourHolby CityEastEndersCasualtyRed CapThe Peterloo MassacreThe RoyalA Line in the SandCrime and Punishment,Sword of HonourCity Central, The Bill, HeartbeatLondon’s Burning and Jackanory. Film credits include: Send Her VictoriousDeano Small in Girl Shaped Love Drug24 Hour Party PeopleOld Borrowed BlueJude and Go Now, directed by Michael Winterbottom, Poor Wee MeStill CrazyLucky BreakVanity Fair, and A Martial Kind of Man.

Sam Newton (alternate Christopher) is originally from Birmingham and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has just finished playing Nigel in Toast at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and made his professional debut in the UK & World Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time playing           Christopher Boone (alternate) with the NT and is delighted to be joining the show in the West End. Other theatre training includes: A Serious Case of the Fuckits (CSSD); The Heresy of Love (CSSD); Slot Together (MAC Birmingham); Americana workshop (Stratford East Theatre); The Leeds Tealights (Sketch Comedy Tour), Cambridge Footlights and Friends (ADC Theatre).

Rose Riley is an Actor, Theatre Maker and Core Committee Member & Activist for Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA 50:50). Theatre credits include:Grafting at The Streatham Arts Space, LOADED at The Birmingham Old Rep, Sisterbound co-written by Rose for the Camden Fringe Festival 2017 & RADA Festival 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It for Watch Your Head at the Savill Gardens & Windsor Castle;  ReHome at The Yard Theatre;  One Minute for Delirium Theatre at The Vaults and Tiger Country written & directed by Nina Raine at The Hampstead Theatre. Recent screen credits include: award-winning short film ELI produced by 7 COLLI Productions, Feature Film 90 Minutes produced by Vertigo Films and the lead role of Sarah in short film Home directed by Hannah Lees, due for release in late 2018.

 Joe Rising trained at Motherwell College.  His theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT) and Common Man (National Theatre Scotland).  His film credits include Blindsided.

Craig Stein (Mr Thompson) has recently finished working with Frantic Assembly in Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith as well as filming Lake Placid: Legacy for Sony/Syfy.  Other theatre credits include: Wig Out (NT), Doctor Faustus (Duke of Yorks/ATG), Neighbors (High Tide/Nuffield Theatre),Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre), 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court Theatre-Rough Cuts), FELA! (NT), Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour), Nation (NT), Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre), Rent (Duke of York’s Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Craig’s film and TV credits include; Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney), Soft Lad (Brown Boy Productions/Peccadillo Films), Doctors (BBC), Song for Jenny (BBC), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Love Matters: Aphrodite Fry (Ruby Films/Sky Living), Holby City (BBC), Down To Earth (BBC), The Biz! (BBC) and Casualty (BBC).  Voiceovers include: Fuse in Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures) and various roles in The     Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network Studios Europe).

TALKS AND EVENTS

Adrian Sutton’s Music at the NT

Wed 21 November, 6 – 7pm, Cottesloe Room (National Theatre), £7/£5

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/adrian-suttons-music-nt

The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to the West End

National Theatre

The National Theatre announced today that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by Marianne Elliott (War HorseAngels in AmericaCompany) will return to the West End in November 2018 for a limited season. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 29 November, with an opening night on 11 December.

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre go on sale to the general public on Friday 21 September at 9.30am. Casting to be announced.

Curious Incident, which has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide, transferred to London’s West End following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012. It is the recipient of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design – more Olivier’s than any other play in the history of London’s West End at that time.

Following its New York premiere in September 2014, Curious Incident became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

The show recently completed a 30 date tour of the USA, and a second 25 city tour of the UK and Ireland ended in September 2017. An international tour visited Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017 – 18. A schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country runs until December.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

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. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.”

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’re absolutely thrilled to be joining with ATG to bring Curious Incident – with its stellar creative team – back to the West End and we can’t wait to share this beautiful and inventive show with a new generation of audiences.”

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which 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 killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is 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 distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross.  Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide.

Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy, Company, which opens at The Gielgud Theatre in London on 26 September 2018.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie.

Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work includes Tony Kushner’s Angels in America(which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse  (Tony®  Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for LivingThe Light PrincessPort, Season’s Greetings, All’s Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the National Theatre and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Elliott & Harper;s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’ plays for the National Theatre include  a new translation of The Threepenny OperaPort (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Broadway and West End), BirdlandBlindsided,

Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas,  Herons, and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A working Diary was published in 2016.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour to visit 60 secondary schools across the UK

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

A specially staged production of the National Theatre’s award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin a 12-week tour to 60 schools across the UK in September 2018.

The production will visit five selected secondary schools each week across London and the UK, touring to the National Theatre’s six Theatre Nation partner areas: Outer East London in partnership with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch; Wakefield, in partnership with the Theatre Royal; Doncaster, in partnership with Cast; Sunderland in partnership with Sunderland Empire and Sunderland Culture; Wolverhampton, in partnership with the Grand Theatre; and the Greater Manchester area in partnership with The Lowry, Salford.

The schools tour is a 90-minute version of the play performed in the round and will be followed by a Q&A session for students with the company. The tour is accompanied by a learning programme which includes professional development for teachers led by the NT and Curious Incident movement directors Frantic Assembly, as well as curriculum-based resources and workshops.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®‑winning director Marianne Elliott. The novel has won more than 17 literary awards and is widely studied in schools. Simon Stephens’ adaptation is a set text for GCSE English Literature.

The play tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington, who 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 killed Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain, and is 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 distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Speaking about the schools tour Simon Stephens said: “It means the world to me that Curious Incident will be touring schools around the country. I worked as a schoolteacher teaching kids in Dagenham in Essex 20 years ago. I loved it. I still think of myself as a teacher. I have seen firsthand how inspiring drama is to young people in schools. I believe the arts to be fundamental to our society. We can’t afford to lose them from our education system. I am delighted that our play will play its part in introducing young people to the theatre. I always hoped that Curious Incident was a play that could be performed anywhere, by anyone. The play is designed to provoke and inspire imagination and interpretation in its staging and inspiration in its audience. The tour will, I hope, provide the same kind of imagination and inspiration throughout the country.”

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning at the National Theatre said, “At the National Theatre we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and participate in drama no matter where they are in the UK. We’re delighted to be touring this award-winning play to schools, and via our Theatre Nation Partnerships, we hope that bringing Simon Stephen’s brilliant Curious Incident to young audiences across the country will help to spark imaginations and encourage participation in theatre”.

The production is designed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Bunny Christie and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable. Movement is by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton (who also composed music for War Horse) and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.  The Associate Director is Anna Marsland. Casting to be announced.

The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Schools Touring is supported by: The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

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Last Chance to See – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has its final performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London on Saturday 3 June 2017.

By 3 June Curious Incident will have played almost 1,500 performances in London and been seen by over 1 and a half million people, and nearly 3 million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012 and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.

To celebrate its five years in London and the final week of performances in the West End, the National Theatre is hosting a special platform bringing together the original creative team, including director Marianne Elliott, author Mark Haddon and playwright Simon Stephens.  A Final Farewell to the West End takes place on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre and will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.

Adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott the show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Oliver Award for Best Actor.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 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.

The West End cast comprises:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, 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, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Danielle Kassaraté, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

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Final Four Weeks in West End for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time © Brinkhoff Mögenburg

The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now in its final four weeks, with a last performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London on Saturday 3 June 2017.

To celebrate its five years in London and the final week of performances in the West End, the National Theatre is hosting a special platform with the original creative team, including director Marianne Elliott, author Mark Haddon and playwright Simon Stephens.  A Final Farewell to the West End takes place on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre and will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.

The Olivier and Tony Award®-winning play was adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.  It is the recipient of seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

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By 3 June, Curious Incident will have played almost 1,500 performances in London and been seen by over 1 million people, and almost 2 and a half million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.  Curious Incident ran at the Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play and becoming the longest-running play on Broadway in more than 10 years.

The show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Oliver Award for Best Actor and Alex Sharp won the Tony Award® for Best Actor on Broadway.

Curious Incident is currently on its second tour of the UK and Ireland (now in Sheffield and touring in the UK until 16 September) and a major North American tour continues throughout 2017.  Further international dates include a run at the Carré Theatre in Amsterdam from 20 September to 1 October 2017 and the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto from 10 October to 19 November 2017Further international dates are yet to be announced.

Producer Kash Bennett said: ‘We are so proud of this production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which has enthralled London audiences since it first opened over five years ago and we are overjoyed that the show continues its extraordinary journey as it travels around the UK, Ireland, North America and beyond.’

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 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.

The West End cast comprises of:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, 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, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Danielle Kassaraté, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

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Award-winning creative team of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time reunite for a final farewell to the West End

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre London, Gielgud Theatre, Cast 2016/2017 _

The National Theatre hosts a special platform with the original creative team of its award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London.  The discussion will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.  Tickets for the platform are £5.

Celebrating the final week of performances in the West End, this exclusive platform brings together the original Olivier and Tony Award®-winning creative team, including  the director Marianne Elliott, playwright, Simon Stephens, Lighting Designer, Paule Constable, Designer, Bunny Christie, Video Designer, Finn Ross, Movement directors:  Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson and composer Adrian Sutton.

At the time of its West End closing on 3 June 2017, Curious Incident will become the Gielgud Theatre’s longest running play in over 45 years.  It will have played over 1,600 performances and been seen by over 1 million people in London, and almost 2 and a half million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.  Curious Incident ran at the Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play and becoming the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade.

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The show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Olivier Award for Best Actor and Alex Sharp won the Tony Award® for Best Actor on Broadway.

As the National Theatre’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about to close in the West End, it continues a second hugely successful tour of the UK and Ireland and a tour of North America.  Future international dates include its Canadian premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto from 10 October to 19 November 2017.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted from Mark Haddon’s book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, 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.

The West End cast comprises of:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones/Danielle Kassaraté, as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Casting Announced

The National Theatre have announced the cast for its forthcoming 25 city tour of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which comes to Mayflower Theatre from Monday 27 March – Saturday 1 April 2017.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME UK Tour 2014/2015

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME UK Tour 2014/2015 Photo by Br

Playing the central role of Christopher Boone is Scott Reid (currently appearing in BBC1’s comedy Still Game), with Lucianne McEvoy as his teacher Siobhan, Emma Beattie as Judy, David Michaels as his father Ed, Debra Michaels as Mrs Alexander and Eliza Collings as Mrs Shears.
The company is completed by Oliver Boot (Roger Shears), Crystal Condie (No.37/Punk Girl/Information), Emma-Jane Goodwin (ensemble), Joel Harper-Jackson (Mr Thompson), Bruce McGregor (Reverend Peters), Sam Newton (alternate Christopher), James Parkes (ensemble), Jams Thomas (ensemble) and Danielle Young (ensemble).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book 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.  The Associate Director is Manchester educated Elle While.

National Theatre producer Kash Bennett said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reception from audiences around the UK and Ireland when we toured The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2014-15, playing to almost 400,000 people, and are delighted to take this beautiful and inventive show to new venues and make a return visit to others in 2017.’
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design and five Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Play.
Whilst on this extensive tour, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will simultaneously continue its run at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End and is on its first tour of the United States.
The show tells the story of Christopher Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which 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, and is 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 distrusts strangers.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director of the National Theatre where her productions have included: Husbands and Sons (at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester), War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris and touring the UK from September 2017), The Light Princess, Port, Season’s Greetings, All’s Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the National Theatre and also directed Sweet Bird of Youth for The Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Marianne’s next show for the National Theatre is Angels in America which begins rehearsals in January 2017.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’  other plays for the National Theatre include:  The Threepenny Opera, Port (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott) at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre, Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg, Birdland, Blindsided, Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas and Herons; A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge); an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Monday 27 March – Saturday 1 April 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833