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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BASED on the novel by Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens’ adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in the National’s Cottesloe Theatre on August 2, 2012 (previews from July 24) before continuing in repertoire.

According to the press release, Simon Stephens’ adaptation offers a richly theatrical exploration of the touching and bleakly humorous, award-winning novel by Mark Haddon.

Fifteen year old Christopher 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 a 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.

Directed by Marianne Elliott, the cast includes Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack, Maggie Service, Nick Sidi, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway, Nicola Walker and Howard Ward.

Simon Stephens’ previous plays for the National Theatre are Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World. A co-production with the Royal Exchange, Manchester, On the Shore of the Wide World received an Olivier Award for Best New Play. Meanwhile, Port, which was originally produced at the Royal Exchange in 2002, will receive its London premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2013, again directed by Marianne Elliott.

His many other plays include 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); plus an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind.

Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where her productions include Season’s Greetings, All’s Well That Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director) and the award-winning War Horse, which she co-directed with Tom Morris.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, sound by Ian Dickinson and fights by Kate Waters.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the third of this summer’s productions to feature in the London 2012 Festival.

This production is suitable for ages 13 years and over.