National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

based on the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon

adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens

Directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse)

Screening: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October*


*Check cinemas for additional sessions and variations

Running time:  Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Mark Haddon’s celebrated, multi-award-winning novel is beautifully and imaginatively adapted into a stage play for the first time.

4 STARS London Evening Standard, The Independent, Time Out London, The Telegraph, The Guardian

‘Luke Treadaway is astonishing as Christopher’ Time Out London

‘A curiously successful case of a hit novel turned into a play’ The Independent

‘This adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel is humane, stylish and a success from any angle’ London Evening Standard

‘It’s a performance of great physical poise and stunning conviction.’ (Luke Treadaway) London Evening Standard

‘Director Marianne Elliott confidently evokes the alien landscape of Christopher’s mind.’ London Evening Standard

‘This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving’ The Telegraph

‘a highly skilful adaptation...a remarkable performance from Luke Treadaway' The Guardian


Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths but 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.

Mark Haddon’s novel was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003, and has now sold over 2 million copies around the world. Marianne Elliott co-directed the globally successful stage production of War Horse for the National, for which she won a Tony Award in 2011. Simon Stephens, twice Best Foreign Playwright of the Year, is the author of many original plays and adaptations, including Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World, both directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre.

Cast includes

Matthew Barker

Niamh Cusack

Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty

Paul Ritter

Nick Sidi

Una Stubbs

Luke Treadaway

Nicola Walker

Howard Ward

Director: Marianne Elliott

Designer: Bunny Christie

Lighting Designer: Paule Constable

Video Designer: Finn Ross

Movement Directors: Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly

Sound Designer: Ian Dickinson

Music: Adrian Sutton

Fight Director: Kate Waters


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