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Closed June 3, 2017

A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.

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Why See The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

Olivier and Tony winning play

"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."

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time made its highly anticipated return to the West End, moving to a new home at the Gielgud Theatre in June 2014. This critically acclaimed play is based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon about a 15-year-old maths genius with Asperger's Syndrome, and the amazing journey he sets out on in order to solve the mysterious death of his neighbour's dog.

This cleverly staged production has been hailed for its beautiful portrayal of life lived by children like Christopher and their unique perspective on the world. It will make you think, laugh and, most of all, look at the world around you in a whole new way.

What is Curious Incident about?

Young Christopher Boone lives in a world where ordinary social interactions can be overwhelming but complex mathematics and patterns naturally jump out at him - a combination which is very well suited to being a solitary detective. His father has banned him from undertaking anymore cases, however when he comes across an unmissable mystery at exactly seven minutes past midnight Christopher is unable to resist solving the crime.

From London to Broadway

Part of the play's immense success stems from its ingenious set and lighting design, both of which it won Oliviers for. The production has been said to create "a theatrical world that somehow feels more lifelike than life itself" thanks to its visionary creative team. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time scooped up seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play, and is winging its way to the USA with a Broadway production, which took home five Tony Awards.

Did you know?

Mark Haddon won over 17 international literary awards for his 2003 novel!

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Opening night: 24 June 2014


Suitable for audiences aged 13 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 40 minutes including one interval

Cast and Creative


Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone
Jo Castleton as Siobhan and others
Nicholas Tennant as Ed and others
Sarah Stanley as Judy and others
Penelope McGhie as Understudy Judy and Siobhan
Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander and others
Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears and others
Ross Waiton as Roger Shears and others
Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson and others
Matt Wilman as Understudy Roger Shears
David Nellis as Reverend Peters and others
Philip Stewart as Understudy Ed/Reverend Peters
Gemma Knight Jones as No.40 and others
Charleen Qwaye as Understudy No.40/Punk Girl/Mrs Shears
Thomas Dennis as Alternate Christopher Boone


Directed by Marianne Elliott
Designed by Bunny Christie
Lighting Designed by Paule Constable
Video Designed by Finn Ross
Movement Direction by Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly
Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson
Music by Adrian Sutton
Fight Direction by Kate Waters


2013 Olivier Award wins

Best Actor - Luke Treadaway
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Nicola Walker
Mastercard Best New Play
Best Director - Marianne Elliott
White Light Award for Best Lighting Design - Paule Constable
Best Sound Design - Ian Dickinson and Adrian Sutton
XL Video Award for Best Set Design - Bunny Christie & Finn Ross

2015 Tony Award Wins

The 2014 Broadway transfer won the following Tony Awards in 2015

Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Alex Sharp)
Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott)
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play

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Anonymous: “Absolutely brilliant”

I have never shouted out at the end of a play before. Brilliant flew from... more

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I went to see the play yesterday (matinee) and didn't know what to expect... more

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