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Preview: Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at Sunderland Empire
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The National Theatre’s Internationally-Acclaimed
Production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Embarks on
a Third UK Tour This Autumn
Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Back by popular demand, the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production
of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will tour the UK
and arrive in Sunderland in October.
Incidenthas been seen by more than five million people
worldwide, including two UK tours, two West End runs, a Broadway transfer,
tours to the Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Australia and 30
cities across the USA.
Curious Incident is the winner of seven Olivier
Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting
Design and Best Sound Design. Following its New York premiere in September 2014,
it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, 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. The 2015 production was voted “Drama of the Year” in the North
East Theatre Guide.
Curious Incident is adapted by Simon Stephens (Carmen
Disruption, Sea Wall) from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by
Olivier and Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in
The play tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is
fifteen 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 Bunny Christie, with lighting design by Paule
Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven
Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson
for Autograph. The Associate Director is Anna Marsland. Casting is by Jill
This tour of Curious Incident is presented by the National
Theatre and Trafalgar Theatre Productions. 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 wellas the prestigious Whitbread Book of 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. His other novels include A Spot of Bother and 2019’s The
Curious Incident visits Salford and Sunderland as
part of Theatre Nation Partnerships, a multi-year collaboration between the
National Theatre and six partner organisations with the aim to broaden and grow
local audiences for drama in England through touring, working with schools, and
creating theatre with local communities. Drawing on combined expertise, resources and
each partner’s deep community links, the project has engaged with over 100,000
people since 2017. As part of TNP, Curious Incident recently completed a
second schools tour, which saw a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute
version play to 25,000 students in more than 100 schools in London and the NT’s
Theatre Nation Partnership areas of Doncaster, Greater Manchester, Hornchurch,
Sunderland, Wakefield and Wolverhampton. National Theatre UK Touring is
supported by The Thompson Family Charitable Trust, The Royal
Photos from 2017-208 tour by Brinkhoff Mögenburg
The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Night-Time
comes to the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 6 - Saturday 10 October 2020.
Tickets available online at CURIOUS TICKET LINK
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