March 12th, 2013

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre - Opens tonight!

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The National Theatre’s highly acclaimed (by critics and audiences) sell-out production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, has opened in the West End’s Apollo Theatre. Its Official Opening Night was today (Tuesday 12 March).

Cut and pasted from the Official Website:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-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. 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.

You can view the official trailer here:

Follow the link to the Official Website where you can find out all about the production and buy tickets:

Luke Treadaway (Christopher) and Paul Ritter (his father)
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I have not seen the production in the Apollo Theatre. But I saw it a couple of times last year whilst it was on at the Cottesloe, National Theatre, and I also saw it on the big screen as part of last year's NT Live Season.

I am re-posting my reaction/review - originally posted in August 2012 - as this production is now open at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

I will always do everything within my power to promote this production as I genuinely believe that it was one of the best things I had the privilege of seeing at the theatre last year.

My personal reaction to, and review of, the production, originally posted in August 2012.

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.

Topline Summary - This production is outstanding - I would even argue that it is unmissable. It is highly highly highly recommended by me.

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