THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (play)
Ends 3rd June 2017.
SUITABLE FOR THOSE AGED 13 AND OVER. CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE, FLASHING LIGHTS
AND SMOKE EFFECTS.
Motherless Christopher, in the grip of behavioural issues, still wants to find
out who killed Mrs Shears' dog. What he discovers changes his life.
Mark Haddon's amazing book is adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, with
Marianne Elliott directing, in a production first seen at the Cottesloe Theatre
in the summer of 2012. Transfers here from the Apollo Theatre run in 2013.
NOTE: DO stay until after the final bows are taken. Even if it seems nothing
will happen... it will...
A post-show discussion with members of the cast usually takes
place after the first Tuesday Evening performance of each month.
This review refers to a previous cast who have now left the production.
(Seen at the afternoon performance at the Apollo Theatre on 6th July 2013)
As book to stage adaptations go, this one is aided greatly by Bunny Christie,
Finn Ross and Paule Constable creating an environment which is not only a
physical representation of Christopher's world, but also a platform for his
psychological one. Mariann Elliott's stylised direction, assisted by Scott
Graham and Steven Hoggett further delineate the ordered world in which this
Within this concept, a hugely talented company shine. Everything that has been
written about Luke Treadaway is true. So deeply involved in his performance,
even a stray shred of paper and reluctant pup become another facet of his
personality - a difficult character brought blazingly to life.
The cast around him, though, deserve equal praise. Niamh Cusack as his teacher
keeps the narrative going, Holly Aird as his mother provides a heat-melting
moment, Tilly Tremayne creates an unforgettable neighbour and Rhiannon
Harper-Rafferty an equally perfect study of London Transport's least finest. For
the gentlemen, Sean Gleeson does wonders with an ultimately unsympathetic
character and Matthew Barker, Howard Ward and Nick Sidi juggle a number of
characters with conviction.
As emotionally colourful as the frenetic staging, it's a complex tale that
perhaps could have been shortened a trifle by removing the odd item of
Christopher's life that doesn't seem quite relevant as we have the visual idea.
That said, it moves quickly (with some brilliantly creative moments in act two)
and to say more would ruin it for anybody who WILL, after reading this, buy a
Touches your spread palm, in the deepest possible way.