Event: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Location: Apollo Theatre, W1
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted from Mark Haddon’s hit novel, was one of the most original plays to come out of the National Theatre last year, with a clever adaption by Simon Stephens. It has now transferred to the West End after a sell-out run at the National.
Luke Treadaway stars as the hero Christopher, a 15-year-old autistic maths genius, trying to make sense of the adult world and the odd things most of us take for granted, to which logic does not apply.
Christopher sets out to find out who killed his neighbour’s dog, that he finds speared with a garden fork. What he uncovers in the process of his investigation are rather uncomfortable truths about the way adults lie to children.
The play’s clever staging, set design and lighting, are set off by the acting and imaginative choreography in Marianne Elliott’s superb production.
Treadaway has been much praised for his depiction of Christopher, as has Elliott (who previously directed Treadaway at the National Theatre in War Horse)
N.B. The role of Christopher is played by newcomer Johnny Gibbon on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Luke Treadaway stars in all other performances. And at don’t miss Christopher explaining his proof for his Maths A-level question after the curtain call.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is playing at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, booking until 4 Jan 2014. Age 13+.
War Horse is on at the New London Theatre, WC2, booking until Feb 2014. Age 10+.