Theatre Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Gielgud Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Siobhan (Sarah Woodward) and Christopher Boone (Graham Butler)
photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Gielgud Theatre

After a short break from finishing it's run in the Apollo, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back on the West End stage at the neighbouring Gielgud Theatre

The story is about 15-year-old Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome who enjoys solving problems and has a gift for Maths, despite his everyday struggles with social interaction. Upon discovering a dead dog in the front garden of a neighbour’s house, he goes on a quest to solve the mystery, uncovering family secrets along the way.

Christopher Boone (Graham Butler) and cast
photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Mark Haddon's original book has been adapted to the stage in a remarkable way. Visually, the set and soundtrack are fantastic, lots of projection that don't hinder the action, they tell the story too of this physically and challenging piece. Not only are there hidden compartments in the set, it is striking to see the set come towards the audience giving that enclosed feel especially for the tube station scene, where Christopher has a close call on the tracks.

The cast do a stellar job, with Sarah Woodward playing Siobhan, Christopher's teacher who narrates throughout, Nicolas Tennant and Emily Joyce play Ed and Judy respectively, bringing warmth and compassion to the roles of Christopher's father and mother.

A truly standout performance though comes from Christopher himself - Graham Butler. What an amazing actor! This is an enormously demanding role, which has the audience engaged throughout. The amount of stage direction to remember, the laying of props, the emotional monologues, well, everything about his performance is stunning.

There's not much else I can say really, except that this has got to be one of the most amazing shows I have seen in a very long time. This is one of those reviews where if I say too much, it will spoil it for you if you are going, as this really is a piece of breath-taking theatre.

Miss this at your peril, it is an absolute must-see!

Five stars ✭✭✭✭✭

Listings information

Address:                          Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR
Dates:                              from 24 June 2014 – 14 February 2015
Performances:                Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
                                      Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Ticket prices:                 15 - £57.50 (100 seats at £15 for every performance)
                                      An allocation of £15 Day Seats will be available for every
                                      performance from the Gielgud Theatre box office from 10am
Box Office:                   National Theatre Box Office No booking fee
Telephone 020 7452 3000 
                                     Gielgud Theatre Box Office No booking fee
Telephone 0844 482 5130