Graham Butler will lead the cast of the National Theatre’s hit production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time when it returns to the West End in June.
Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens from the prize-winning novel by Mark Haddon, the Olivier Award-winning play is due to reopen at the Gielgud Theatre on 8 July with previews from 24 June.
Last seen on the London stage in the recent Henry VI trilogy at Shakespeare’s Globe, Butler follows in the footsteps of actors including last year’s Olivier Award-winner Luke Treadaway and Mike Noble to take on the role of Christopher Boone. The play charts the journey of the 15-year-old as he sets off on a mission to discover what happened to his neighbour’s dog after he finds the ill-fated canine speared with a garden fork.
Butler will be joined in the cast by Emily Joyce and Nicolas Tennant as his onstage mother and father. My Hero star Joyce has recently appeared on the London stage in Donny’s Brain at the Hampstead Theatre and Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre, while Tennant was last seen in Three Kingdoms at the Lyric Hammersmith and Tiger Country at the Hampstead Theatre.
Sarah Woodward will take on the role of Christopher’s teacher Siobhan having previously appeared in productions including In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play at the St James Theatre and Jumpy at the Royal Court.
Also joining the cast of Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed production for the first time are Vivienne Acheampong, Daniel Casey, Tony Turner, Victoria Willing, Sam Bond and Roxanne Palmer, while Gay Soper, Paul Stocker and Mark Rawlings will return to the production after appearing in the show when it played at the Apollo Theatre.
As The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time prepares to return to the West End for the first time since December, when it was forced to close following the collapse of the Apollo Theatre’s ceiling, the Broadway production also gets ready to take over the Barrymore Theatre in New York on 15 September.
While we wait for the production’s West End return, fans of the play can see the award-winning tale on the big screen as The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time returns to cinemas nationwide. The NT Live screening, which was filmed during the show’s original run at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre, will take place on 22 May with additional screenings the following week.