The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is already something of a literary classic. The award-winning and best-selling novel by Mark Haddon was published in 2003 and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens in 2012.
It tells the story of Christopher Boone, a 15-year old boy from Swindon who turns detective following the murder of his neighbours’ dog, Wellington, which he finds speared with a garden fork.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, the production won seven Olivier Awards (including Best Play) in 2013 and, as well as returning to the West End in June, will open on Broadway in the autumn.
Today’s announcement by the National Theatre of a UK tour, opening at The Lowry in December, is incredibly exciting for us – and our patrons across the North West.
Firstly, there is a great sense of pride in that Curious Incident is actually something of a local success. Simon Stephens is originally from Stockport and the show’s director, Marianne Elliott, is not only a Mancunian, but also a firm friend and regular face here at The Lowry.
And secondly, this is the latest example of how, through our partnership with the National Theatre, The Lowry is able to present world-class, award-winning drama right here in Salford.
Curious Incident will be the 24th production the National has brought to our stage since we opened in 2000. During that time, we have sold more than a quarter of a million tickets for National Theatre performances – and, following the second nine-week run of War Horse this summer (from 23 July to 20 September) that figure will be even more impressive.
Julia Fawcett OBE
Chief Executive, The Lowry