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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time books a run on Wearside

The Sunderland Empire will play host to a touring version of teh smash hit West End play, based on Mark Haddon's award winning novel

Jack Loxton plays Christopher Boone in The National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jack Loxton plays Christopher Boone in The National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will come to Sunderland Empire next summer as part of a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel of the same name received seven Olivier Awards in 2013 including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

It also won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre and has been seen by over 200,000 people during its run in the West End, which was dramatically interrupted at the end of last year when part of the ceiling at the Apollo Theatre collapsed on December 19.

Newcastle actor Trevor Fox had joined the cast in September and was on stage when it happened.

Throughout February, the show has been performed ‘in the round’ in a stripped down version for East London schools and audiences from the local London community and will resume its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue later this month. The cast for the touring production is yet to be announced.

For the uninitiated, the plot centres on boy called Christopher, a 15-year-old with an extraordinary brain, which is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

After the death of Mrs Shears’ dog (for which he is under suspicion) Christopher begins to record each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. Having never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, his detective work - forbidden by his father - takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the National Theatre’s record-breaking production of War Horse which recently enjoyed a successful run at the Sunderland Empire.

:: Tickets for the Sunderland Empire run of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from August 10-15, 2015, are available from the box office in person, booking line on 0844 871 3022 or online at www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland

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