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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre
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Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
World Premiere
24 July - 27 October 2012

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside 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 the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.

He has an extraordinary brain, 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 he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

For full production details and the latest ticket information follow the link:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time

National Theatre Live - The production will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK on 6 September.

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Luke Treadaway (Christopher) and Paul Ritter (his father)
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Raks's Reaction

I read "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" when it was first published and, along with the rest of the world, totally and utterly fell in love with the novel. Now, over a decade on, the key things I remembered about the novel were Christopher's strong and powerful voice, his brilliant mind, and the plot being about Christopher's quest to solve the mystery of the murder of a neighbour's dog.

I was really looking forward to seeing this production and my expectations were sky-high. I saw the play on Saturday 11 August. The production did not disappoint one iota. I was totally blown away by it - it was OUTSTANDING.

The production really stayed true to the spirit of the book and so it had integrity. I found the play to be totally and utterly mesmerising and magical - just like the book. It was gripping from start to finish because it concentrated on telling the story, and the focus was very much on the central character of Christopher. Luke Treadaway's performance as Christopher was simply mind-blowing - he quite took my breath away! Finally, I loved the innovation in the physical theatre aspects, the props, the set, actors playing multiple roles, actors being on set even when they weren't in a scene, and the genius little touches eg train sets and trains running along all the different levels of the Cottesloe.

To sum up, this is highly highly highly recommended by me - it is not to be missed!

The production is sold out but you can still get returns and there are day seats available. If that doesn't suit you, I recommend you book to see it at a cinema near you - the production is part of NT Live and will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK on Thursday 6 September. Get your tickets in now!

The NT Live website, where you can find out more information about the production and also find your nearest cinema showing NT Live, is here:
http://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntlive

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So looking forward to seeing this! Re-read the book recently and enjoyed it all over again. The photos I've seen of the production look fantastic. :-)

You are in for such a treat!

I really admire the way you always do the preparation/homework eg re-reading the book. I had planned to - I never got round to it. I would be very interested in your thoughts on the difference between the novel and the play - as I said, because I read it over a decade ago, I could not remember the details of the plot only Christopher's voice, brain and the murder of the dog!

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