It has been an incredible week for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. It has opened in the West End, won a South Bank Sky Arts Award and has now extended its run at the Apollo theatre until 4 January.
The National Theatre production, described by Official London Theatre’s Charlotte Marshall as “a visual spectacular”, followed its five-star reviews from its original opening in the National’s Cottesloe theatre with similar acclaim when on Tuesday the press were let in to see the show, which has been reworked to fit on the proscenium arch stage of its new home.
It followed its early week success by beating Complicite’s The Master And Margarita and the Royal Court’s The River to win the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre yesterday, and has topped off proceedings by adding seven months to its booking period, giving audiences greater chance to see just what has been wowing critics, judges and theatergoers.
Based on Mark Haddon’s popular novel of the same title, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is the story of 15-year-old Christopher, who is an incredibly gifted mathematician but has trouble understanding everyday life. When he finds his neighbour’s dog speared with a fork, he is suspected of its killing, so embarks on a mission to learn the truth, a mission that takes him on a frightening journey.
The cast is currently led by Luke Treadaway as Christopher and Niamh Cusack as his teacher, who both reprise their National Theatre roles. Holly Aird and Seán Gleeson joined the production as Christopher’s parents for the West End transfer. The current cast is confirmed to stay with the successful production until September.