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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Come see our next fabulous production at Langley School of the CIOTDITNT (for short!) On from 18th-20th April Tickets can be bought below.
12 Apr 2024
Written by Jon Kempton

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows the story of Christopher Boone, a 15 year old, who is exceptional at Maths but finds people confusing. The play opens with Christopher discovering a dead dog in his neighbour, Mrs Shears', garden. Despite his father, Ed, warning Christopher not to get involved, Christopher decides to investigate the death of the dog...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an adaptation by Simon Stephens of the original novel by Mark Haddon. Published in 2003, the novel quickly became a huge success. Many readers discuss and recognise Christopher as having autism or Asperger's syndrome. This, however, is never mentioned directly in the novel. Haddon also states that he did very little research into the topic of autism whilst writing the book.

Mark Haddon approached Simon Stephens to adapt the book for the stage. Stephens used the dialogue from the novel as the driving force for the adaptation. He felt that its popularity was due to the play being a story about family and bravery. The play was first staged in 2012 at the National Theatre. It was very popular with audiences and has since moved to the West End and Broadway.

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