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The drama was adapted by playwright Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel about a 15-year-old math genius with an unspecified behavioral disorder that appears to be Asperger’s syndrome. Suspected of killing a neighbor’s dog, he undertakes his own methodical investigation, which leads him on an unexpected and frightening journey.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, the production transferred following its 2012 National Theatre debut to London’s West End. It won seven Olivier Awards, the British equivalent of the Tonys, including best new play. That haul equaled the record set by the musical Matilda the previous year for the most Oliviers won by a single production.
Writing in The New York Times, Ben Brantley described the production as “exhilarating,” calling it “a thrillingly staged adaptation.” Lyn Gardner in The Guardian called it “a hugely entertaining meditation on the nature of truth and how we present ourselves to each other.”
The National will be lead producers on the Broadway transfer, with U.S. commercial partners still to be named. Casting will begin shortly for the New York run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with preview and opening dates still to be set.
The National has generated a number of smash Broadway transfers that collected top Tony Awards, notably War Horse, which was co-directed by Elliott; One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden; and Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, with Richard Griffiths and Dominic Cooper.
The London production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time made news in December when part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre where it was playing collapsed during a performance, injuring more than 75 people and causing the run there to be suspended. The show is set to reopen at London’s Gielgud Theatre in June.
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