the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Update : 10 August 2012

The National Theatre unveiled its new website in early August 2012 and it looks beautiful. The good news is, as part of this revamp, you can now select your own seats for this play, which also means that you can now see a seating plan for the Cottesloe! The bad news is, only very limited seats remain avaiable, so hurry and book now!

Update : 7 September 2012

Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail has news of a possible transfer or extension of the play in another venue. His entry in the Daily Mail dated 6 September 2012 read :

The National Theatre’s in discussions with West End venues about transferring Marianne Elliott’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

The show, based on Mark Haddon’s novel, is enjoying a sold-out run at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre.

However, there’s concern the design and special effects may not fit comfortably into a regular West End house.

Perhaps the NT should investigate, long-term, whether it could buy, or better still, build, a theatre in the heart of the commercial West End so they could move projects back and forth as they saw fit. That would certainly set off culture wars in theatreland. Non-profit theatres in New York have done it…

Update : 2 October 2012

The National Theatre has released a “Making Of” video for this play :

Both the Marianne Elliot and Una Stubbs platforms which was held at the NT in August and October 2012 respectively are also available as an iTunes Podcast. Go to this NT Page and sign up for the NT Podcast service. They both made interesting comments about the production of this play.

Update : 27 October 2012

The NT has finally confirmed on its website that they are in the process of finalising plans for the play to be transferred to the West End come March 2013. Stay tuned for more details, including any changes in casting for the transfer.

Update : 29 October 2012

This play has received three nominations (for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor – Luke Treadaway and Best Design) in the long list for the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012. Pity Nicola didn’t make the list for Best Actress. You can see the complete long list HERE.

Update : 1 November 2012

Its official, the National Theatre announced today that the play will be transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End from 1 March 2013 until 25 March 2013. Previews run from 1 March 2013 till 11 March 2013, with press night on 12 March 2013. The play officially opens on 13 March 2013. Various other sources have also carried this announcement, such as Whats on Stage, Official London Stage and the Stage.

Whilst the fantastic Luke Treadaway will lead the cast at the Apollo, he will only appear in shows from Wednesdays to Saturdays of each week. There will be another actor who will play Christopher on Mondays and Tuesdays during the West End run.

Also, there are three glaring omissions in the cast list named for the West End transfer : Una Stubbs, Paul Ritter and Nicola. It is unclear whether this is because each of these three has yet to sign a contract for the new set of dates, or whether they are affected by the dreaded “scheduling conflict” bug, i.e. they have other filming commitments for the period in question. We await further casting news from the National Theatre.

Update : 23 November 2012

The webpage for this play at the Apollo Theatre is now up. You can go to it via this link. Paul Ritter has already joined the cast of some other play during the Curious Dog Incident’s West End run. It doesn’t look like Nicola will be joining the West End cast either.

Awards and Nominations

Luke Treadaway and many members of the production team, as well as the entire acting ensemble, have made the 2013 Whats on Stage Awards shortlist. You can access and vote on the shortlist HERE. The Team ended up winning only one award, Best New Play.

The play has earned the most number of nominations in the 2013 Olivier Awards, bagging nominations in 8 categories. The Team ended up winning 7 out of 8 awards, including Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Nicola. Go to this Page for our coverage of the 2013 Olivier Awards.

Celebrity Sightings

The following celebrities have been seen at performances of this play (in no particular order) :

Brendan Coyle | Lesley Sharp | Andrew Woodhead | Herminone Norris | Esther Rantzen | Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis | Simon Russell Beale | Emma Kennedy | Sue Perkins | Dame Helen Mirren | Benedict Cumberbatch | Josh Bolt | Julian Simpson | Julia McKenzie | Dawn French | Clive Anderson | Rupert Penry Jones | Richard Harrington | Harriet Walter

Did we miss any one? Email us if you have seen, or know of, other celebrity attendances at this play. Thanks! (These sightings were made by fans in good faith. Apologies to any celebrity whose name may be incorrctly included in this list.)

Six degrees

Sinead Cusack, a cast member, was also in A Lie of the Mind [Stage] with Nicola back in 2001.

Marianne Elliot, the director of this play, previously directed Nicola in Season’s Greetings [Stage].

Paul Ritter, a cast member, was also in Cloud Nine [Stage] with Nicola.

Nicholas Sidi, a cast member, was also in Spooks episode 903 as well as in Tales of Vienna Woods [Stgae]. Incidentally, Marianne Elliot is married to Nicholas Sidi. 🙂

Una Stubbs, a cast member, has the same agent as Nicola, Ms. Rebecca Blond.

Read the Book

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There is a special edition of the book to accompany the National Theatre’s production of this play.

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For some fan reviews of this play, go to the next page.

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