Get ready for ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time will tour Australia for the first time from June 2018, following its acclaimed sell-out debut season in Melbourne.

The play will be performed in Brisbane from 12 June, Canberra from 27 June, Sydney from 4 July, Adelaide from 31 July and Perth from 8 August, by an all-British and Irish cast.

The show tells the story of fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone 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, 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 show is adapted by Olivier Award winning playwright Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, and directed by Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America).

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time transferred to London’s West End, where it enjoyed sell-out houses. 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 Oliviers than any other play in the history of London’s West End at that time.

The play then transferred to Broadway, where it 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.

The all-British and Irish company for this international tour is Joshua Jenkins (Christopher), who played the role in the first UK tour, Julie Hale (Siobhan), Stuart Laing (Ed), Emma Beattie (Judy), Bruce McGregor (Reverend Peters), Amanda Posener (Mrs Shears), Oliver Boot (Mr Shears), Danielle Kassarate (Punk Girl), Debra Michaels (Mrs Alexander), Matt Wilman (Mr Thompson) with Kaffe Keating playing Christopher at certain performances. The understudies are Kieran Garland, Emma Keele, Joe Rising and Danielle Young.

Director Marianne Elliott said she was thrilled that Perth audiences would soon have a chance to see the play.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that our production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is touring across the world and I look forward to sharing with audiences our staging of Mark Haddon’s beautiful story of love, family and bravery in the most unlikely of environments.”

The Perth season will be at His Majesty’s Theatre from 8th – 19th August for just 15 performances, for bookings head to the play’s website

Source: Media Release, Images: Joshua Jenkins played by Christopher Boone. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.

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