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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time announces casting for North East bound play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has received rave reviews in New York and is coming to a theatre near you

The curious incident of The Dog in the Night-time
The curious incident of The Dog in the Night-time

Casting has been announced for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal and Sunderland Empire next year.

Based on the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, the play has been a huge hit for the National Theatre.

A hiatus in its West End run came at the end of last year when part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapsed (North East actor Trevor Fox was in the cast back then but none of the cast was hurt).

The show goes on and is now attracting enthusiastic audiences to the Gielgud Theatre where the run was recently extended until May next year.

The production, with another cast, opened recently in New York, where Ben Brantley of the New York Times called it “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” and urged theatre-goers: “Be prepared to have all your emotional and sensory buttons pushed, including a few you may not have known existed.”

Central to the story, on page and stage, is 15-year-old Christopher whom we first encounter just before midnight, standing beside the corpse of a neighbour’s dog.

Christopher, who finds himself under suspicion, has, we are told, “an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life”.

The touring production of the play, which hits the road in December, will feature Joshua Jenkins, making his debut for the National Theatre as Christopher. The young Welshman has previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland and has appeared in TV shows including Holby City, Doctors, Heartbeat and The Fabulous Baker Boys.

Joining him on the tour will be Geraldine Alexander, Chris Ashby, Emmanuelle Cole, Edward Grace, Gina Isaac and Stuart Laing.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Marianne Elliott, received seven Olivier Awards last year, including best new play and best director.

It comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal from January 27 to February 7. For tickets call 08448 112121 or visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk . It will visit Sunderland Empire from August 10-15 next year. Tel. 0844 8713022.

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