The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has welcomed a new cast to the West End production, and on Monday 30th June 2015 held a special gala performance with celebrity V.I.P. guests at the Gielgud Theatre. Last month the play was one of the big winners at the Tony Awards® in New York, winning 5 awards including Best New Play. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time recently extended booking in London, releasing over 120,000 tickets and is now booking until 13 February 2016.
Guests included Mark Ronson, Alice Dellal, Conor Maynard, Bruno Tonioli, Shappi Khorsandi, Charlotte Hawkins, Kerry Godliman, Josephine de la Baume, John Taylor, Grace Chatto, Nathalie Emmanuel, Paul Merton, Andy Serkis, Christian Jessen, Caroline Quentin, Douglas Reith, Fay Ripley, DJ Nihal, Lesley Nicol, Luke Friend, Charlotte Moss, Russell Kane, Andrea Mclean, Kimberly Wyatt and Daniel Mays.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which started life at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, transferred to the West End in 2013 (winning seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play) and is now simultaneously running at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and on tour in the UK and Ireland. The production has been hugely successful during this year’s Broadway theatre awards season in New York, also winning 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Play and 6 Drama Desk awards including Outstanding Play.
The new West End is led by Sion Daniel Young as Christopher Boone. He is joined by Rebecca Lacey as Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant as Ed, Mary Stockley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Indra Ové as Mrs Shears, Stephen Beckett as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Pearl Mackie as No. 40/Punk Girl, Sean McKenzie as Reverend Peters and Kaffe Keating plays alternate Christopher. They are joined by Mark Rawlings, Penelope McGhie, Naomi Said and Simon Victor.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands besides 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, 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 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is adapted by Simon Stephens, from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, directed by Marianne Elliott, 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 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Age Restrictions: Recommended Age: 13+
Wednesday 1st July 2015