Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards ® including ‘Best Play’, the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award ® ‑winning director Marianne Elliott.
Reviewer David Ellis, naming Curious Incident an "ambitious and innovative novel," wrote that Haddon "manages to avoid the opposing pitfalls of either offending people with autism and their families or turning Christopher into an object of pity. Instead of becoming the focus of the plot, the autism enhances it. The unemotional descriptions amplify many moments of observational comedy, and misfortunes are made extremely poignantly." He concludes that Christopher's story is "far more enjoyable and likely to stay with you for far longer than any medical textbook." 
Despite his work with autistic children, Haddon staunchly asserts that he is not an authority on autism and claims to have done very little research on the subject before writing the novel. In an interview with Powell’s Books, Haddon said that when he worked with autistic children, “autism wasn't a term that was even used much at the time, and only in retrospect do I realize that some of the people I worked with had autism, although they had it much more seriously than Christopher does.” Although the novel never mentions autism, Christopher, the novel’s protagonist, displays several of the symptoms that characterize the disorder, such as difficulty reading facial expressions, preoccupation with certain topics, and behaviors like rocking back and forth. Additionally, many of the press releases put out by the publisher, as well as the packaging of certain editions of the book, describe Christopher as autistic. The autistic community has criticized the book for offering an inaccurate depiction of the condition. Haddon, however, says he intended his book only as a work of fiction and not a medical treatise on living with autism.
This is not a super good day. The much-loved Tony-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will shutter on September 4 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre. At time of closing, the production will have played 23 previews and 800 regular performances.
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens' The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher—a fifteen-year-old who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
The play premiered at the .’s National Theatre in 2012 and went on to transfer to the West End and win seven 2013 Olivier Awards; it is still playing at London's Gielgud Theatre . Curious Incident took home five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Leading Actor for Alex Sharp. The Broadway production officially opened on October 5, 2014.
The cast currently includes Tyler Lea as Christopher, Rosie Benton as Siobhan, Enid Graham as Judy, Andrew Long as Ed and Nancy Robinette as Mrs. Alexander. Benjamin Wheelwright plays Christopher at certain performances.
customers with tickets to cancelled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.
Production photos by Joan Marcus, Photo of Luke Treadaway by Hugo Glendinning