The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Manchester Opera HouseKristy Stott, Theatre Editor
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will bound into Manchester Opera House as part of its 2022 UK and Ireland tour. Winner of the Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Play, this adaptation by Simon Stephens brings Mark Haddon’s original and poignant novel to the stage – the result is an extraordinarily beautiful piece of theatre.
An extraordinarily beautiful piece of theatre.
Directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old who lives with his dad in Swindon. Christopher is a highly gifted mathematician who is sitting his A-Level in Maths three years earlier than most other young people. He is also a science boffin with an avid interest in space and a natural detective due to his ability to approach problems in a logical way. While Christopher is exceptional at maths, everyday life presents some barriers for him. Christopher sees the world in a different way to most people because he has Autism.
When Christopher discovers his neighbour’s dog, Wellington lying dead on the lawn impaled by a garden fork, he is driven to investigate what has happened. Inspired by his hero Sherlock Holmes, using his systemic and methodical approach, Christopher decides to ignore his father’s order and set out to find out who killed Wellington.
Christopher sees the world in a different way to most people because he has Autism.
This investigation uncovers further frightening revelations for Christopher as he struggles to make sense of the adult world that he has previously been shielded from.
With a phenomenal cubic set design, wonderful animations and movement direction from choreographer Steven Hoggett and Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a tremendous piece of theatre. Gripping and heartfelt, the perfect example of the power that theatre has to change the way that we view the world.