The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Tour

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The National Theatre’s internationally praised production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time begins its third UK and Ireland tour this Autumn!

Why Watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Winner of five prestigious 2015 Tony Awards and seven 2013 Olivier Awards – including Best Director, Best Design and Best Play – this stunning production has wowed millions of people worldwide. Back by popular demand, the award-winning play returns for a UK and Ireland tour this Autumn. The tour launches at The Lowry in Salford and goes on to visit Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Southampton, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast, Sunderland, Nottingham and Oxford. Further venues are to be announced. The tour also features a limited seven-week London run at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in Brent. 

The Story

It is exactly seven minutes past midnight. A fifteen-year-old from Swindon, Christopher, is beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, killed with a pitchfork. Mr Shears’ calls the police, and Christopher implicated. Despite this, Christopher documents the facts in a book to solve Wellington the dog’s puzzling death. Christopher has an amazing brain. Implied to be on the autism spectrum, he is outstanding at maths but poorly equipped to navigate everyday life. He lives a sheltered life, having never been beyond the end of his street alone. He hates being touched and distrusts strangers. However, Christopher’s investigative work into Wellington’s death takes him on a journey that turns his whole world upside down.

The creative team behind the production

Mark Haddon wrote the mystery novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2003. The book went on to win over seventeen literary awards worldwide, including the distinguished Whitbread Book of the Year Award the following year. The novel has since sold over 5.5 million copies around the globe and has been translated into 44 languages. Simon Stephens (Sea Wall, Carmen Disruption) later adapted the story for the stage, which premiered at the National Theatre in the summer of 2012. The adaptation won five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play, and seven Olivier Awards in 2013. 

Marianne Elliott (Angels in America, War Horse, Company) directs the current production, with Anna Marsland as Associate Director. Music is by Adrian Sutton, sound design by Ian Dickinson, while Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett are the Movement Directors. Bunny Christie is Production Designer, with lighting and video design by Paule Constable and Finn Ross respectively. Casting is by Jill Green, with casting to be announced.

The National Theatre and Trafalgar Theatre Productions present this tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Tour Dates

  • The Lowry, Salford
    18th September – 3rd October 2020
  • Sunderland Empire
    6th – 10th October 2020
  • Bristol Hippodrome
    13th – 17th October 2020
  • Birmingham Hippodrome
    20th – 24th October 2020
  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth
    3rd – 7th November 2020
  • Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London
    18th November 2020 – 10th January 2021
  • Mayflower, Southampton
    19th – 23rd January 2021
  • Liverpool Empire
    26th – 30th January 2021
  • Edinburgh Festival Theatre
    2nd – 6th February 2021
  • Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
    9th – 13th February 2021
  • Grand Opera House, Belfast
    16th – 20th February 2021
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
    23rd – 27th February 2021
  • New Theatre, Oxford
    9th – 13th March 2021

Further dates to be announced.

Good For

Theatregoers | Fans of novel adaptations


“Astonishing and unmissable.”
– Sunday Express

“A beautiful, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.”
– Evening Standard

“Believe the buzz. Spectacular and triumphant.”
– Variety