Following on from War Horse, another hit for the National Theatre is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It comes as the theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary having opened at the Old Vic, under the direction of Laurence Oliver, in 1961.
The play, taken from the book written by Mark Haddon, covers our attitudes towards disabilities as well as a whole lot more. Mike Noble, the protagonist of the play, gives an outstanding performance as Christopher Boone, a young man with behavioural problems.
The opening scene finds Christopher by the side of a neighbour’s dead dog. However, the title is, I feel, very misleading. What transpires is much more an essay on relationships, highlighting how a family copes with the complexities of some-one who has Asperger Syndrome. This isn’t, however, a sad play. There are many humorous moments.
The staging, which initially seems very minimalistic, is actually very versatile and extremely effective.
Following its successful run at the National, the play has transferred to the Apollo Theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. An allocation of £12 seats are available on the day from 10 am at the theatre’s Box Office.
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