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Preview: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night–Time at Sunderland Empire


The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night–Time
Sunderland Empire
11th – 15th August 2015

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher)
and the cast of The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was one of the big winners at this year’s prestigious Tony Awards® held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York (7 June 2015), winning five awards - Best Play - Simon Stephens, Best Direction of a Play -  Marianne Elliott, Best Performance by a leading Actor in a Play - Alex Sharp as Christopher Boone, Best Lighting Design of a Play  – Paule Constable and Best Scenic Design of a Play  – Bunny Christie and Finn Ross.

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher)
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which started life at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, transferred to the West End in 2013 (winning seven Olivier Awards) and is now simultaneously running at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and on a major tour of the UK and Ireland. 

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher)
and Gina Isaac (Judy).
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
Marianne Elliot, who won the award for Best Direction of a Play said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured that we have won  five Tony Awards, and that our show has been as embraced by audiences in New York, as it has been in London and on this amazing tour of the UK and Ireland, which has been thrilling audiences since it began late last year. When we first started working on this show we had no idea whether there would be an audience for it.  We were all working outside our comfort zones, all trying to do something we believed in utterly but which meant taking risks. It was incredible to see the audience at the National Theatre, then for that to grow in to the West End.  To have even the slightest idea that it would go to Broadway, let alone to win  these awards is incredible.

Gina Isaac, Joshua Jenkins and Lucas Hare
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
Simon Stephens, who accepted the award for Best Play alongside the entire producing team added: “It's been an incredible collaboration and the fact the show has been received this well in New York means the world to me.”

Gina Isaac and Lucas Hare
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
Paule Constable, who won the award for Best Lighting Design of a Play commented:   “Winning the Tony for Best Lighting  for Curious is completely overwhelming.  Curious is a celebration of collaboration - between all of us as a creative team - and with the audiences and community of Broadway.  The way they have taken this show to their hearts is life affirming.  I am so proud of what we all achieved - of the whole company - and of all the people who convinced us that this could work and help to steer us.  We had no idea we would end up here!”

Joshua Jenkins 
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
Bunny Christie, who received the award for Best Scenic Design for a play, alongside fellow Scott Finn Ross said :"The success of this show could never have happened without the teams at The National Theatre and I am really proud of this big wonderful company."   Finn Ross , added: ‘For the show to be taken onboard like this is an incredible honour and I am deeply touched.’

 Joshua Jenkins
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
The production has been hugely successful during this year’s Broadway theatre awards season in New York, also winning 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Play and 6 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play. 

Joshua Jenkins
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands besides 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, 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.

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) and Gina Isaac (Judy)
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggettfor Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.  

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher)
and Stuart Laing (Ed)
Photo: Brinkhoff M+Âgenberg

Tickets available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Tour of the UK and Ireland
Curve, Leicester                          9  June - 13 June
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton                              23 June - 4 July
Hall for Cornwall, Truro                                              7  - 11 July
New Theatre, Oxford                                                  14  - 18 July
LiverpoolEmpire                                                         21  - 25 July
BristolHippodrome                                                      4 - 8 August
SunderlandEmpire                                                   11 - 15 August
GlasgowKings                                                            18 - 22 August
LeedsGrand                                                               25 - 29 August
His Majesty’s Aberdeen                                               1 - 5  September
Theatre Royal, Norwich                                              8 - 12 September
Sheffield Lyceum                                                       15 - 26 September
Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin                                          6  -10 October
Grand Opera House, Belfast                                    13 - 17 October
Theatre Royal, Bath                                                    20  - 31 October
Milton Keynes Theatre                                                3  - 7 November

 Lowry, Salford                                                             17 – 21 November

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