The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time gets its NT Live today, so it will be broadcast live from the National Theatre into cinemas across the UK. As per usual, I will be at the Brixton Ritzy to see this.
Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens
Mark Haddon’s celebrated, multi-award-winning novel is beautifully and imaginatively adapted into a stage play for the first time.
My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths but 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.
I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not.
Mark Haddon’s novel was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003, and has now sold over 2 million copies around the world. Marianne Elliott co-directed the globally successful stage production of War Horse for the National, for which she won a Tony Award in 2011. Simon Stephens, twice Best Foreign Playwright of the Year, is the author of many original plays and adaptations, including Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World, both directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre.
The stunning trailer is here:
A full set of production photos are here:
For full production details follow the link:
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:
Topline Summary - This production is outstanding. It is highly recommended by me. I would argue that it is unmissable. The production is sold out until the end of its current run so this may be your one and only chance to see it. What are you waiting for? Get your ticket in now!
Luke Treadaway (Christopher) and Paul Ritter (his father)
Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/9450156/The-Curious-Incident-of-the-Dog-in-the-Night-Time-adapted-by-Simon-Stephens-Cottesloe-Theatre-review.html
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!
Photo credit: http://ntlive.tumblr.com/