Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time happens to be one of my favourite plays that I have ever seen live. I first saw the production when it was on tour in 2015, as it came to my local theatre. I was in awe of how they had adapted the stage to fit with the inventive and modern set. When my friends told me they had tickets for us to go see it in the West End I was very excited to see it in its natural space.

Based on the book of the same name by Mark Haddon, the play follows the story of Christopher Boone; a 15 year old boy investigating the mysterious murder of his neighbour’s dog, which leads him to a path of deeper secrets waiting to be solved.

Having seen the play before, I was mostly interested in how the set would be different to the touring set, I was surprised to see that the majority of the touring set stayed true to the original. The main difference being that the set at the Gielgud Theatre in London had moving elements to it to further highlight Christopher’s claustrophobia and other physical aspects of the performance.

It just so happened that the night my friends and I saw the show was the last night for the current cast. Needless to say, they all worked flawlessly together, working in a rhythm that was a joy to watch. Siôn Daniel Young as Christopher gave an endearing performance which was truly believable. The relationship between Christopher and his father was as emotionally charged as ever, the two actors creating their own world on stage.

I absolutely loved seeing this touching play again. It is a play that gives a true insight to human nature and is heartwarming. The Curious Incident has to be one of my top favourite plays of all time.



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