Media Release: for immediate release
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
4 stars Sunday Times, The Times, Guardian, Time Out, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Independent, Independent on Sunday,
Daily Mail, Daily Express
“Funny and extremely moving” – Daily Telegraph
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a marvel” – Observer
“If ever there was a perfect theatrical marriage of performance and effect, this is it” – The Times
“Nothing short of a triumph” – Variety
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, will be screened in select cinemas around New Zealand
for a limited season from 4 October to 18 October.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, the cast includes Niamh Cusack, Paul Ritter, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway and Nicola Walker.
Simon Stephens’ adaptation offers a richly theatrical exploration of the touching and bleakly humorous, award-winning
novel by Mark Haddon.
Christopher (Luke Treadaway), fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden
fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is
writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while
ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being
touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey
that upturns his world.
The cast also includes Matthew Barker, Sophie Duval, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty, Nick Sidi, and Howard Ward. The designer
is Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, movement by Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, video by Finn Ross, music by Adrian Sutton, sound by Ian Dickinson and fights by
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs at 180 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 500 cinemas
around the world, live in the UK and Europe and time delayed in countries further afield. There are over 160 venues in
the UK alongside venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, India, Scandinavia and Europe.
The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.