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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Gielgud Theatre review: Culture Whisper says ★★★★★
Having hopped between several venues and casts, director Marianne Elliott’s smash-hit production has returned with a bang to the Gielgud theatre. Winner of seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play, it’s no surprise that this highly original production of Mark Hadden’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, adapted for stage by Simon Stephens, is wowing audiences once more this year.
About the West End Show and its stunning staging
A favourite among adults and teenagers alike, the original 2003 novel of Curious Incident won over 17 literary awards worldwide, and has since been added to the UK’s secondary school English curriculum. The story centres around a remarkable, adolescent boy who describes himself as “someone who has behavioural problems”, and follows his investigation of the murder of a neighbour's dog.
The production itself is enthralling to watch, with Bunnie Christie’s brave, black box-like design incorporated cleverly throughout to assist in telling the story and draw the audience into protagonist Christopher Boone’s brilliant yet solitary world. With movement immaculately pieced together and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, the precision and grace of the entire ensemble is awe-inspiring as they complete one complex physical theatre sequence after another.
Siôn Daniel Young and his standout performance as Christopher
What really lifts this production sky-high, though, is Siôn Daniel Young’s turn as fifteen year old Christopher. Young’s heartfelt performance as a young boy who is widely understood to be on the autism spectrum, struck a chord with many members of the audience even bringing a few to tears. To play a role that requires such complete mental and physical immersion is no easy feat, and this is a sure example of how it can be done with true sensitivity.
|What||Final performance announced for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time|
|Where||Gielgud Theatre, 35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
01 Aug 15 – 03 Jun 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£15 – £59|
|Website||Click here to book via Culture Whisper and See Tickets|