Adapted by Simon Stephens from the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best Play.
After a sold-out run at the National Theatre and the Apollo Theatre, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back on the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, an Asperger’s syndrome sufferer, discovers his neighbour’s dog dead, speared by a garden fork, at seven minutes past midnight precisely. He is determined to solve this grisly murder. Struggling with the limitations of his condition, Christopher goes in search of the pieces to this puzzle but instead starts to uncover important clues about his own life.
Graham Butler as Christopher brings the boy’s inner turmoil and painful honesty uncompromisingly to life. The play includes an ingenuous mix of narrative and dramatic scenes, remaining true to the spirit of the book whilst also translating perfectly to the demands of live theatre.
The stage is transformed into a giant mathematical grid by Bunny Christie’s brilliant set design and projections are used to transport the audience to different locations and to give us a glimpse into Christopher’s anguished mind.
At times funny and suspenseful and at others agonising and raw, tickets to this extraordinary adaption may soon be hard to come by.
Fantastic and modern set use innovatively e.g. escalator, LED lights. Very exciting. Funny, good adaption from the book
Knew nothing about the story and took my teenage daughter who wanted to see it. Thoroughly impressed and would definitely see again.
A great adaptation of the story - fast paced with captivating narration and powerful actors/ actresses. Well worth seeing if you get the chance.
Absolutely amazing, could not fault it and the man who played Christopher was superb.
Excellent afternoon spent watching this play. The production and staging was beautifully carried out. Well worth a visit to see the play.
That show was amazing both my daughter and I thourghly enjoyed it.
Thought provoking, a deep insight of a condition yet to be fully recognised and understood. Beautifully and skillfully executed. Brilliant acting, direction and an amazing script. This is a must see for all families with or without an autistic child. It eduction, its awareness, its understanding and its theatre at its best. Deeply moved.
Most amazing show I've ever seen. Quite simply, book your tickets NOW!
Absolutely brilliant show. The set, the cast, the play, all were wonderful and I was spellbound from the beginning.
amazing show , so glad I got to see it before it finishes in London.
Amazing. One of the best plays I've seen in years. Thomas Dennis was fabulous.
Great play. A must see before its season ends. An amazing movement piece accompanied by an incredible but very minimalist set
Not quite sure as from the circle we could not hear the actors. Wonderful story which I didn't feel was given leverage to in a one scene show. (It might have changed in the second half) we left.
This has been the 4th time I and family members attended, and each time has been a revelation. From the lead actor (s) and supporting cast through to the spectacularly ingenious use of technology, this is a proof that an amazing but rather introspectiv book can be cleverly adapted to become a life experience on stage. Outstanding.
Wonderful all round. Acting, staging, lighting all magnificent.
Blown away by the acting, the effects, everything!
was great! except seats were very small
So beautifully done.
I read this book 8-9 years ago and immediately fell in love with it. When I had the chance suddenly to see the play I couldn't let it get away, and I am so glad I went! The scenography and choreography was so beautifully made and perfectly timed, and the entire play was very true to the book and the main character, Christopher. It's funny, heartbreaking, moving and meaningful just like the book, with all the added effects the theatre brings.
What an amazing show! Absolutely loved every second of it and was way better than I expected it to be. 100% recommend people to see it. It is worth every penny. Massive thank you to the actors on stage for an incredible performance. The production was also AMAZING!
Astounding imaginative theatre!
The whole stage comes alive to demonstrate both the alienating, restricted and overwhelming experiences of the main character. Beautifully played and takes us with him on his journey. Ultimately moving and uplifting.
Fantastic show , what a great way to get people to understand Aspergers and hopefully be more supportive, the acting was excellent xx
A great play with an excellent cast, the set was just brilliant. Theatre staff were very helpful.
Loved it! The staging.. the choreography.. the story. Fantastically well put together show.
This was, hands down, the best play I've ever seen. Everything from the set design, choreography, video projection, lighting, the story, and the performances.... 5 stars!
We received the tickets as a gift, and since I read the book many years ago I was wondering whether the play was as good as the book. It was indeed!! A nice interpretation with an amazing set design!
The curious incident of the dog at midnight exceeded my expectations! Stunning visuals, great music and just completely different to anything I have ever seen at the theatre!
Totally absorbing from the beginning to the end!
Amazing theatrical production and performance
Having read the book, I was interested to see the play but it surpassed all expectations. The staging was superb, very imaginative and extremely clever - I thought it really conveyed the story in a very creative and absorbing way. The cast were first rate but I must give a special mention to the actor who played Christopher in such an empathetic and convincing manner. He was superb. My 18 year old son was engrossed...
So glad we saw it, best play I've seen in years!
This play was probably the most inspirational that I have seen. The cast were all brilliant but a special mention must go to Thomas Dennis who played the lead role of Christopher Boon, he gave an absolutely fantastic performance of what was an intense and very energetic character. The set design was also amazing. This is a not to be missed show, be sure to catch it before it closes in June.
Absolutely brilliant. .. amazing technicals acting and story...really loved it.
Fabulous show absolutely loved it
Fabulous performance of a great play .
Both myself and my grandson really enjoyed it. We felt it was very well acted and give a good insight into autism.
I was curious about the play, and not just because the word was in the title. I took my 12yr old son and his friend to see the play, and all of us were totally absorbed from start to finish. I know one autistic child, and the acting, writing, and the set captured the way they think, panic, go into a meltdown, and conveyed that in an intelligent and non patronising way to myself, and the 2 boys with me. Very well done to all the team, for dealing with a difficult topic, in a way that different age groups can connect to, and more importantly, pause and try to understand. As a parent, it made me emotional. Well worth it.
I loved it! I was resident about seeing a really great book adapted poorly for the stage, but this was not the case. It was an exciting adaptation of the book and a throughly enjoyable experience. This is a benchmark of excellence!
Great actors and energy - a fabulous show!
This was very different from the usual shows I would see. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The lead character Christopher was particularly good, very watchable. It was easy to empathise with all the characters. The set and lighting was outstanding, really innovative and well planned. We had a great view from the dress circle and it was a great evening's entertainment.
Great cast, fun interpretation, impressive set. Shame it's run in the West end is finishing soon.
I. was impressed with the whole production. Well worth seeing.
Absolutely fabulous .so very clever the way it was staged.
Fantastic show, well performed throughout. Loved the story line ! Really want to read the book now !
The Gielgud Theatre is a wonderful theatre venue, both visually superb and intimate enough to ensure that most seats allow observation of facial expressions rather than relying on over-enthusiastic body language to empaphise the dialogue. The play itself is an exquisite rendering of an interesting book, helped in no small part by the seemingly simple but incredibly clever set, which was a joy to watch as it unfolded its secrets. The acting was good by all, but I have to add that Joseph Ayre was outstanding as Christopher, all the more credit to him when I read that it is his first acting job out of drama school. Despite having now performed the role countless times in the last several months he still manages to give his all in an energetic and mesmerising performance.
When is it showing
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR
No refunds available after purchase.
2 hours 40 including one interval.
Good To Know
There is a post show Q&A with cast members on the first Tuesday of every month. Free with a valid ticket for that day's performance. Duration approximately 25 minutes.
Please note: The seating plans are not accurate representations of the auditorium. While we try to ensure they are as close to the actual theatre plan as possible we cannot guarantee they are a true representation. Customers with specific requirements are advised to discuss these with the theatre prior to booking to avoid any confusion.
How Does It Work
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If you have chosen collect at box office please print the confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.
If you have chosen to receive tickets by post, the tickets will be despatched approximately 2-3 days after purchase.
Suitable For Children
Age recommendation: 11+
When Can I Go
Thursday and Saturday: 2.30pm
Where Do I Go
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
By Train-Charing Cross (approx. 550m)
By Tube-Piccadilly Circus (approx. 250m), Charing Cross (approx. 550m)
By Bus-14, 19, 38