The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time impresses

THE heart-warming, raw and emotional tale of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which is playing Mayflower Theatre this week, is simply one of the best plays I have had the pleasure of seeing.

Adapted by award-winning writer Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of neurodiverse Christopher, a fifteen-year old boy who sets out to solve the mystery of the murder of his neighbour’s dog, and discovers his world is not as it seems along the way.

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Connor Curren gives an outstanding performance as Christopher – his presence on stage is something that really does have to be seen, and he brings his own warmth and wit to the role with his impeccable timing and delivery.

Rebecca Root – the narrator and Christopher’s teacher, Siobhan – is captivating to listen to as she reads passages from the story Christopher has written, and her warmth and raw talent are clear to see.

Sophie Stone (Judy), who is magnetic to watch on stage, and Tom Peters (Ed) also deserve a mention – their emotional and moving portrayal draws us in to the story of the struggles they have faced raising a child who is seen as being different.

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In fact, the whole ensemble cast are outstanding, and the audience’s attention is captured from the very first scene on the simple interactive but impressive set, testament to the direction given to the production by Olivier and Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott – on its tenth anniversary tour.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a play full of hope and honesty. If you haven’t seen it before, and even if you have… go again, just make sure you stay until the very end!

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs until 29 January 2022, tickets available from: or 02380 711811.

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