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The Curious Incident play moves to Gielgud following Apollo collapse

Story by Jack Foley

THE Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is to move to a new venue following the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse on December 19 that has so far led to a month of cancelled shows.

The award-winning show, an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, will now resume its West End run at the nearby Gielgud Theatre from June 24, 2014.

Existing ticket-holders will be offered a refund or a transferred booking.

In addition, over 200 extra seats will be made available at the new venue because of its larger auditorium.

The Apollo is currently closed for restoration work following the roof collapse that left 76 people injured in December.

Commenting on the new venue, Nick Starr, executive director of the National Theatre, which first produced the play, said: “We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show.”

He added that while it would be “a real wrench” to have to leave the Apollo, “sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there”.

However, during its lay-off, The National said it will offer free performances of The Curious Incident for schools and young people in a “rehearsal room” format.

The critically acclaimed Strangers on a Train is currently running at The Gielgud, until February 22, when it will be replaced by Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, starring Dame Angela Lansbury. That production runs from March 1 to June 7, 2014.