THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME AT TROUBADOUR WEMBLEY PARK THEATRE.
Tickets are now on sale for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Returning to London by popular demand for a limited seven week run, the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production plays at Brent’s newest theatre from 20 November 2021 – 9 January 2022,
following the acclaimed run of War Horse at the venue in 2019. For further information and to book tickets visit curiousonstage.com.
Following the London run, Curious Incident will then tour the UK and Ireland in 2022, marking ten years since its world premiere at the National Theatre. Since 2012, Curious Incident has been seen by more than five million people worldwide, including two UK tours, two West End runs, a Broadway transfer, a specially adapted schools tour seen by over 12,000 young people in more than 100 schools around the UK, a National Theatre Live cinema broadcast, and international tours to the Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Australia and 30 cities across the USA.
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 America, Company).
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre and its Studio 5ive Restaurant have been created inside the former Fountain Studios by award-winning Troubadour Theatres. The venue opened in summer 2019 in Wembley Park, North West London’s world-famous cultural neighbourhood.
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 everyday life presents some barriers. 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 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 Jacob Sparrow Casting.
Curious Incident is the winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actor (Luke Treadaway, who originated the role of Christopher). 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 and Best Actor (Alex Sharp), 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.
Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and is the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and has sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide. His other novels include A Spot of Bother and The Porpoise.
Alongside the tour, a programme of activity including discussions on depictions of neurodivergence in fictional characters will be available online, with further details to be announced.
Simon Stephens said: "It is as exciting as it is baffling that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Night-Time has been on stage for a decade. Ten years ago while we were playing the second ever preview of the show in the Dorfman Theatre, the 2012 Olympics opened in Stratford. The following decade, the last ten years, changed the world. The world is different. The UK is different. Theatre is different. But there are some things that still linger. And those things are in Mark Haddon's astonishing book and sat under
everything we tried to make in all of the show's many iterations. Whether it’s playing in a 2000 seat theatre in the USA or China or Southampton, on Broadway, in the West End or in a school in Doncaster, Curious Incident is a story about bravery. It is a story about kindness. It is a story about the possibility of survival. To take this story around the UK and Ireland in the year following this pandemic, to celebrate that bravery and survival and kindness that have defined our last year, in the way that we are trying to do with our play, means the world. To take it to Wembley is surely the closest I am ever going to get to playing in an FA Cup Final so I am beside myself with joy. But I’m baffled because I am sure I was 40 when we opened the play. And if that was a decade ago, well that would mean I am 50 now and that can't possibly be right. Can it?"
Josh McNorton, Culture Director at Wembley Park, said: “After an undeniably turbulent year that has wreaked havoc on the performing arts sector, it’s fantastic to welcome back theatre-goers to the
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Moreover, the theatre is returning with the brilliant The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which I consider a modern classic. The reopening of the theatre, the launch of the production, as well as various other new cultural events set to take place across
neighbourhood this winter, mark an exciting turning point for live entertainment at Wembley Park.”
Oliver Royds, CEO of Troubadour Theatres said: “After an incredibly challenging year for the theatre
industry, we are so excited to be re-opening Wembley Park Theatre for this iconic production celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Following the success of War Horse we are grateful to our friends at the National
Theatre to be entrusted with this show and to the DCMS and the Arts Council to enable us to re-open our doors.”
This 10th Anniversary tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is presented by the National Theatre and Trafalgar Theatre Productions.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is supported by American Express, the National Theatre’s Preferred Card Partner.