Tickets on Sale for Canadian Debut of 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' This Autumn
Tickets are now on sale for the National Theatre's Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon's best-selling book, and directed by Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, CURIOUS INCIDENT).
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will make its Canadian debut at the Princess of Wales Theatre from October 10 - November 19, 2017.
Director Marianne Elliott said: 'I'm absolutely thrilled that our production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will make its Canadian premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto later this year. I was overwhelmed by the way Canadian audiences took the NT's production of War Horse to their hearts, and I look forward to sharing with them our staging of Mark Haddon's beautiful story of love, family and bravery in the most unlikely of environments.'
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre's Cottesloe theatre in September 2012,. It is the recipient of a record-breaking seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design - more Olivier's than any other play in the history of London's West End at the time.
CURIOUS INCIDENT, the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, premiered at the Barrymore Theatre in September 2014, winning five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play. CURIOUS INCIDENT was named among the top 10 productions of 2014 by over 20 leading media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, New York Post, Time Out New York, Playbill and Time Magazine..
CURIOUS INCIDENT is currently on a major tour of the US until September 2017, and a second tour of the UK and Ireland continues until September 2017.
The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is 15 years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears' dead dog, which 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 killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is 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 distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
The production is designed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Bunny Christie, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and Tony Award-winning video designer Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton (who also composed music for War Horse) and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. Casting to be announced.
Mark Haddon's novel THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book fo the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide.
Marianne Elliott was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, and her most recent play for the company is a new production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America which opened at the NT's Lyttelton Theatre in May of this year. Her other work includes War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris), The Light Princess, Port, Season's Greetings, All's Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director). Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the National Theatre and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall. Marianne recently formed a new company with producer Chris Harper - Elliott & Harper.
Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.
Simon Stephens' plays for the National Theatre include: a new translation of The Threepenny Opera, Port (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott) at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre , Harper Regan (which was produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play). His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg (currently running on Broadway), Birdland, Blindsided, Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas and Herons; A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge); an adaptation of Jon Fosse's I Am the Wind and Motortown. His version of A Doll's House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and The Royal Court Theatre. Simon's book - Simon Stephens, A working Diary was published earlier this year.
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Current and upcoming tours from the National Theatre include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Jane Eyre touring the UK until September 2017; War Horse begins a second UK tour in September 2017 and Hedda Gabler begins a UK tour in October 2017. Visit nationaltheatre.org.uk for more.
Pictured: LuciAnne McEvoy (Siobhan), David Michaels (Ed) and Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) in the 2017 Touring Production of the National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.