Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
The award-winning production resumes its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre.

Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliot, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling new stage play from the National Theatre, hailed by the Times as 'A phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle'.

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.

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After nearly five successful years in London, the National Theatre have confirmed that the final performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre will be on Saturday 3 June 2017. The show will continue its life elsewhere, with a 25-city tour of the UK and Ireland beginning in January 2017 and a North American tour continuing until September 2017.

The Olivier and Tony Award-winning play is the recipient of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards - more Olivier's than any other single play in the history of the West End. By June, Curious Incident 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 National Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014. The play 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.

National Theatre Executive Director, Lisa Burger said: "Audiences in London and across the country have embraced Marianne Elliott's ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Our first tour of Curious Incident was seen by over 400,000 people, and we are delighted to be embarking on a second national tour, bringing the production to new audiences across the country. This 35 week tour of the UK and Ireland will begin in January 2017, and just this week, we welcomed the new company for their first day of rehearsals."

Producer Kash Bennett added; "We are so proud of the London production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the incredible casts and crews who have brought the show to life night after night over the past five years. As we enter the final six months in London, we also look forward to continuing the show's extraordinary journey throughout the UK, Ireland, North America and beyond."


The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has extended its booking period to 18 February 2017.

From 20 June 2016 the cast will include Joseph Ayre, who will make his West End debut in the lead role of Christopher Boone. He will be joined by Jo Castleton as Siohban, Nicholas Tennant continuing as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke continuing as Mrs Alexander with 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, Thomas Dennis as alternate Christopher, Charleen Qwaye, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie who will continue with the company.

Joseph Ayre, who comes to the show direct from a three year undergraduate course at East 15 Acting School, said of the announcement: "I'm so excited about playing Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and taking on the challenge of one of the most complex and interesting characters in the West End. This is my first acting job out of drama school and taking on this role with the National Theatre really is a dream come true for me."

The original production won seven Olivier Awards, including the award for Best New Play, and opened at the National Theatre in 2012, before transferring to the West End's Apollo Theatre, and then reopening at the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.


The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was one of the big winners at this year's prestigious Tony Awards® held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York (7 June 2015), winning five awards; Best New Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play and Best Scenic Design of a Play.

The Curious Incident started life at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, and transferred to the West End in 2013 (winning seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play). It now runs simultaneously in London, on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and on tour in the UK and Ireland.

Rufus Norris, Director, National Theatre, said: "All of us at the National are hugely proud of the ongoing achievements of this beautiful show, affirming once again the huge importance of the public subsidy of the arts in Britain." Marianne Elliott, Director of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured that we have won five Tony Awards, and that our show has been as embraced by audiences in New York, as it has been in London and on our tour in the UK and Ireland. When we first started working on this show we had no idea whether there would be an audience for it. We were all working outside our comfort zones, all trying to do something we believed in utterly but which meant taking risks. It was incredible to see the audience at the National Theatre, then for that to grow in to the West End. To have even the slightest idea that it would go to Broadway, let alone to win these awards is incredible."

Simon Stephens, playwright said: "It's been an incredible collaboration and the fact the show has been received this well in New York means the world to me."

Alex Sharp, who plays Christopher Boone on Broadway, said: "To be a part of this universal show on Broadway but under the umbrella of the National Theatre, a name I grew up knowing and admiring, is a profound honour to say the least."

Paule Constable, lighting designer, added: "Winning the Tony for best lighting for Curious is completely overwhelming. Curious is a celebration of collaboration - between all of us as a creative team - and with the audiences and the community of Broadway. The way audiences have taken this show to their hearts is life affirming. I am so proud of what we all achieved - of the whole company - and of all the people who convinced us that this could work and help to steer us. We had no idea we would end up here!" Bunny Christie, set and costume designer, said: "The success of this show could never have happened without the teams at the National Theatre and I am really proud of this big wonderful company" and Finn Ross, video designer added: "For the show to be taken onboard like this is an incredible honour and I am deeply touched."

From 22 June 2015, Sion Daniel Young joins the West End cast to play the lead role of Christopher Boone. Rebecca Lacey plays Siobhan with Nicolas Tennant continuing as Ed, Mary Stockley joins as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Indra Ove 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 will play alternate Christopher. They are joined by Mark Rawlings and Penelope McGhie who continue with the company and Naomi Said and Simon Victor.

120,000 more tickets have gone on sale this week for the West End production, taking bookings for the play at the Gielgud Theatre through to 13 February 2016.


Casting has been announced for The National Theatre's acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which resumes its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre on 24 June 2014.

The Gielgud cast includes Graham Butler as Christopher. He was last on stage in Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy at the Globe and his television credits include ITV's Law and Order UK, Channel 5's Suspects and the upcoming series Penny Dreadful. He is joined by Emily Joyce as Judy, whose stage credits include Yes Prime Minister and many television credits include The Assets, Midsomer Murders and Waterloo Road. Nicolas Tennant will play Ed. He has recently performed in Hamlet, As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well for the RSC, Three Kingdoms for the Lyric Hammersmith and Tiger Country for Hampstead Theatre. Siobhan will be played by Sarah Woodward, whose theatre credits include In The Next Room for St James Theatre, Love & Information and Jumpy for the Royal Court, The Cherry Orchard for the National Theatre and Judgement Day for the Almeida Theatre.

The cast list also includes Vivienne Acheampong (No. 40/Punk Girl), Daniel Casey (Roger Shears), Gay Soper (Mrs Alexander), Paul Stocker (Mr Thompson), Tony Turner (Reverend Peters), Victoria Willing (Mrs Shears), and Sam Bond, Roxanne Palmer and Mark Rawlings.

An encore screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, filmed during the play's original run in the Cottesloe Theatre, will be shown in cinemas across the UK and internationally on 22 May 2014 with further screenings in following weeks. In addition, public booking is now open for the Broadway premiere where performances will begin at the Barrymore Theatre in September. A tour of the UK and Ireland will open at The Lowry in Salford later this year.

Winner of seven Olivier Awards, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is based on Mark Haddon's award-winning novel, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Light Princess, Sweet Bird Of Youth).


The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - winner of seven Olivier Awards - will resume its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre from 24 June (opening night 8 July).

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday 17 January, with a week's priority before that for those who have had bookings at the Apollo Theatre, where performances were suspended after part of the ceiling collapsed on 19 December.

Nick Starr, NT Executive Director, said: "We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March. It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future."

Nica Burns, CEO of Nimax Theatres, said: "This was and is a deeply upsetting incident for everyone. We are sorry to lose such a wonderful production and wish it well."

Ticket-holders will be contacted and offered a refund or a transfer of their bookings to the Gielgud Theatre.

It is also confirmed today that the much-anticipated Broadway premiere of The Curious Incident... will open in New York in October this year. Further details will follow shortly.

Type of production: Play

Opened: 24 June 2014

Booking until: 03 June 2017

Running time: 2 Hours 45 Mins

Prices: £20.00 - £117.00