'Curious Incident' to End Two-Year Broadway Run

Curious Incident Alex Sharp H 2015
Joan Marcus

Curious Incident Alex Sharp H 2015

The 2015 Tony winner for best play will close Sept. 4 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, one month ahead of the launch of its U.S. national tour.

Producers confirmed Tuesday that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will play its final performance at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Sept. 4, ending a two-year run that is the longest for a nonmusical production on Broadway in more than 10 years.

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon's bestselling book, the play follows a 15-year-old boy with a behavioral disorder who sets out to discover who killed his neighbor's dog, learning hidden truths about his own family in the process. It won five Tony Awards last year, including best play.

The production also won best actor for Alex Sharp, a Juilliard graduate making his Broadway debut, and best director for Marianne Elliott, as well as best lighting and set design.

It began previews at the Barrymore on Sept. 10, 2014, and officially opened Oct. 5 to rave reviews. The production will have played 23 previews and 800 regular performances by the time it closes, one month ahead of the October launch of its U.S. national tour.

While Curious Incident played to near-capacity houses for much of its first year on Broadway, business has been steadily tapering off in recent months. However, the show has grossed a healthy $57.8 million to date at the Barrymore, where it has been seen by more than 570,000 people. The profitable production recouped its $4.75 million capitalization in January 2015, just over three months after opening.

The play was first staged at London's National Theatre in 2012, jumping soon after to a successful West End transfer and winning seven Olivier Awards. It continues to play at London's Gielgud Theatre and begins a second U.K. tour in January 2017.

Producers on Broadway are Stuart Thompson, Tim Levy for NT America, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Nick Starr and Chris Harper for NT Productions, Bob Boyett, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Glass Half Full Productions, Ruth Hendel, Jon B. Platt, Prime Number Group, Scott Rudin, Triple Play Broadway and The Shubert Organization.