The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Gielgud Theatre tickets
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Gielgud Theatre tickets

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Overview

Every now and then a production comes along that wipes the floor with all that’s gone before it. The National theatre’s adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one such production.

Since premiering at the National back in 2012 the show has taken the West End and Broadway by storm, scooping a staggering seven Olivier Awards and five Tony’s including Best Play at both ceremonies.

Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens, the show boasts an outstanding creative team including superstar director Marianne Elliot (War Horse, The Light Princess). Bunny Christie’s jaw dropping design, together with Finn Ross’s video projections and Paule Constable’s pinpricks of multi-coloured light create a real high-tech setting. Add to this original music by Adrian Sutton and beautiful movement by Frantic Assembly’s Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham and you’ve got something very unique.

Christopher Boone is a math genius but suffers from an unspecified disorder that means he struggles to understand other people and the world around him. When Mrs Shears dog Wellington is found murdered with a pitchfork, Christopher resolves to solve the mystery and catch the killer. However his investigations leave him under suspicion by the local constabulary. As Christopher attempts to discovers the true identity of Wellington’s killer his journey leads to some big revelations. As his journey of discovery takes him all the way in London, Christopher faces a world of terrifying new experiences.

This production’s biggest achievement is that it really explores what it is like to be Christopher and to experience the world the way he does.

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the recipient of more than seventeen literary awards… and if all this wasn’t enough the play also features some real life animals!

This is truly an unmissable production.

Recommended for

This is a great show for those looking for something a bit different or a play that has all of the ‘wow factor’ of a West End musical. Please note this production is recommended for ages 11 + as it features some strong language.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 13+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Opened: 24 Jun 2014
Press night: 08 Jul 2014
Booking from: 16 Jun 2017
Booking until: 17 Jun 2017

Location and map

Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6AR

249 Reviews Add review

The show is brilliant, telling a story of Christopher Boone a 15 year old boy with autism. The story line is gripping and the acto... More

livvygiddings 5"9, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show is brilliant, telling a story of Christopher Boone a 15 year old boy with autism. The story line is gripping and the actors kept the audiences attention at all times. There are funny moments throughout the show. The night I saw the show about 25 minutes in an emergency alarm went off throughout the theatre. This was a very strange experience, the whole theatre, including the cast were evacuated from the theatre. Fortunately this wasn't anything and about 15 minutes later everyone was quickly escorted back to their seats. The theatre manager came out on stage and explained that an emergency door had been opened and no one knew it was going to happen and that the show would resume from when left off. The cast were AMAZING and coped extremely well with this issue and none of them seemed phased at all by this. Considering this was only the 2nd week with the new cast. The AV and technology in the show is incredible, with a magical set which is brought to life. The physicality of the actors it stupendous. The costumes are realistic every day wear, which works for the show. I have seen this twice and would definitely see it again.

livvygiddings 5"9, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The longevity of this National Theatre production speaks for itself. The show has NT written right through it like a stick of rock... More

NPSmith 5'10", 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The longevity of this National Theatre production speaks for itself. The show has NT written right through it like a stick of rock, with very high production values, excellent performances and thought provoking subject matter. Joseph Ayre, making his professional acting debut in the lead role is outstanding. The production relies strongly on very tightly controlled stage movement and timing, and the deceptively simple square box set from Bunny Christie is very tech-heavy and could upstage the actors if the performances were not of such high standard. Be prepared for a lot of narration, as the adaptation is like walking into a book. What stands out is the play's ability to give us a strong flavour of what it's like inside the mind of a teenager with Asperger's syndrome. Both witty and moving, it comes recommended. Note that the first act is much longer than the second, so don't worry that it seems very late at the interval!

NPSmith 5'10", 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

In my opinion, the first half dragged a little bit, however the second half felt so short. The visuals were amazing and it's defin... More

alexwarren1 173cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

In my opinion, the first half dragged a little bit, however the second half felt so short. The visuals were amazing and it's definitely a show I would watch again. I was wowed at the amount of lines and staging the main character had to learn. I feel like he only went off a few times. The actor had so much to learn and portrayed the character really well.

alexwarren1 173cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I have seen a handful of shows now, and I can say this show is completely different to any show I have seen or will see. Very smar... More

olivermcintosh 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I have seen a handful of shows now, and I can say this show is completely different to any show I have seen or will see. Very smart and interesting. The light displays in this show is, at times, amazing. Would appeal to all ages though the music can be very loud at times. I loved this show and would recommend. After the show has finished don't get up to leave straight away, there's a surprise at the end.

olivermcintosh 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An incredible show with stunning visual design and a very important message about how we view our life and others. The acting - es... More

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An incredible show with stunning visual design and a very important message about how we view our life and others. The acting - especially from the main actor playing Christopher - was very believable, and truly touching at moments. Also very well-adapted from the book for those who have read it. Highly recommended as you will come out of the theatre really reflecting about life and the notion of perspective and understanding/acceptance.

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Having seen the play 3 times, I've always noticed different things each time and it's a show I could easily keep going back to! ... More

albuspotter 5"11, 96 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Having seen the play 3 times, I've always noticed different things each time and it's a show I could easily keep going back to! I wouldn't recommend going on a Matinee as there was about 7 different groups of school children in who were very loud and disruptive. They really should only accept 16+ year olds for this show, there is a fair bit of language and the children just didn't understand the emotional side of the show and saw it all as a comedy laughing at the wrong parts.

albuspotter 5"11, 96 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The tickets for this show was gift for my 14 year old son and I. We had not read the book or know much about the story so did not ... More

markhaines 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The tickets for this show was gift for my 14 year old son and I. We had not read the book or know much about the story so did not know what to expect. In short, the show was amazing. Both of us were very impressed with the story, acting, special effects , the whole thing was great. We both now want to read the book.

markhaines 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was as amazing as I had heard, really enthralling and well acted and good used of the whole stage. If you get a chance to... More

priyamistry 5”4’, 8 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show was as amazing as I had heard, really enthralling and well acted and good used of the whole stage. If you get a chance to see it you must, and stick around for a bit! My only issue is that they use live animals which I had not heard about and I didn't feel comfortable with so that ruined the show for me a bit, apart from that it's an amazing show.

priyamistry 5”4’, 8 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Second time seeing this and was desperate to see it again before it closes. Absolutely brilliant performances from the cast all r... More

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Second time seeing this and was desperate to see it again before it closes. Absolutely brilliant performances from the cast all round, yet the star of this show for me is still the staging - just mind blowing.

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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