The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
There’s more to Broadway than jazz hands and musical numbers, as the touching tale of Christopher Boone attests in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The multi award-winning page to stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s international bestseller initially stepped into the spotlight at London’s National Theatre, and now treads the boards across the pond at the Barrymore Theatre.
Directed by Marianne Elliott (who is also responsible for one of the most arresting productions of recent years, War Horse), it tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher (played by breakthrough talent Tyler Lea), an exceptionally intelligent teenager who struggles with the everyday.
Following the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of his neighbour’s dog, the young protagonist (and the audience with him) embarks on a wildly imaginative journey of self-discovery. And in successfully translating Christopher’s unique perspective, the play prevails, pushing all the right emotional and sensory buttons.
Which is undoubtedly why Simon Stephen’s theatrical adaptation has seen such acclaim, winning an unprecedented seven Olivier awards and five Tonys, including Best Play.
So, for an evening of heartwarming, thought-provoking theatre whose triumphalist message stays with you far beyond the curtain fall, look no further...
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