The full cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been announced this morning as rehearsals begin for its return to the West End. The Olivier and Tony Award® -winning show begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on Thursday 29 November, with a media night on Tuesday 11 December. The strictly limited season ends on 27 April 2019.
Curious Incident is adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America, Company).
Playing the central role of Christopher Boone and making his West End debut is Joshua Jenkins who played the role on the recent UK and international tour, performing alongside Julie Hale (Siobhan), Stuart Laing (Ed), Emma Beattie (Judy), Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters), Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears), Lucas Hare (Mr Shears), Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl), Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander), Craig Stein (Mr Thompson). Sam Newton will play Christopher at certain performances and the understudies are: Kieran Garland, Emma-Jane Goodwin, Rose Riley and Joe Rising.
Curious Incident has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide. It is the winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. Following its New York premiere in September 2014, it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.
Joshua Jenkins played Christopher on the production’s first 31 date tour of the UK and Ireland ending in September 2017 and then on international tour visiting Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017– 18. The show recently completed a 30-date tour of the USA and a schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country continuing until December 2018.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Simon Stephens said: ‘I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.’
The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.
Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide.
Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy, Company, which opened at the Gielgud Theatre, London in September. Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie. On 29 November War Horse returns to the NT and in doing so becomes the third production directed by Marianne playing in London.
Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work included Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse (Tony® Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for Living, The Light Princess, Port, Season’s Greetings, All’s Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre) and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director). Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the NT and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall. Elliott & Harper’s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.
Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.
Simon Stephens’ plays for the NT include a new translation of The Threepenny Opera, Port (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play). His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Broadway and West End), Birdland, Blindsided, Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas, Herons and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown. His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A Working Diary was published in 2016.
Emma Beattie (Judy) Emma trained at ALRA and was winner of the 1998 Lilian Baylis Award. Her theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK and International Tour), Medea (The Gate Theatre), The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre), The Odyssey (Derby Playhouse), The Last of the Haussmans (NT), Death of a Cyclist (Soho Theatre), Four for Jericho (Pleasance Courtyard), Great Expectations (Watermill Theatre), The Song of Deborah (Lowry Theatre), The Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), Ivanov (Wyndham's Theatre), The Ruffian on the Stair (Orange Tree Theatre), John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), The Cut (Donmar Warehouse), King Lear (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) and Hysteria (UK Tour). Emma’s screen credits include: Doctors (BBC), The Wives Did it (Discovery); Mr Selfridge (BBC) and Legacy (Feature).
Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander) trained at Mountview Theatre School and The Anna Scher Theatre in North London. She won an OFFIE Award - Off West End Theatre Award - for Best Supporting Female 2017 for her performance in Karagula by Philip Ridley, for Soho Theatre, DEM Productions and Pig Dog Associates. Other theatre credits include; Sense Of An Ending (DEM Productions/Theatre 503); Boi Boi Is Dead (Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Watford Palace Theatre); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); The Crucible (Royal Shakespeare Company); Anansi (Southwark Playhouse); Stand By Your Van and Elephants in Nairobi (Menagerie Theatre Company), Stepping Out, The Wizard Of Oz, Arabian Nights, Dick Whittington and Cinderella (The Everyman, Cheltenham), One Dark Night (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff & tour), Horrible Histories – The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians (Birmingham Stage Company & tour) and To Kill A Mockingbird, Stepping Out and Treasure Island (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Films and Television credits include; Topboy, Harley Street and Play Days BBC 1.
Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears) trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her theatre credits include: The Other Place (Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake); Great Expectations (Malvern Theatres/UK Tour); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (NT UK Tour); The One That Got Away (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); The Miser (Watermill Theatre); Lady Windermere's Fan, The Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unicorn Theatre); Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Vaudevillains Sideshow, The Ceremony (Les Enfants Terrible); News Revue (Canal Cafe Theatre); Hobsons Choice, The Taming Of The Shrew (RADA Enterprises); On This Site (Roustabout). Television includes Doc Martin. Film includes Sink and Lambeth (short film) and radio includes Penmaric (BBC),
Kieran Garland’s theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK, International and Schools tour) for the NT; RIFT’s Macbeth at Balfron Tower, Poplar; Lysistrata (UK tour), for Actors of Dionysus; Macbeth for Vienna’s English Theatre, Austria; and 10,000 Several Doors (Duchess of Malfi) for Prodigal Theatre at The Nightingale, Brighton. His TV appearances include Locked Up Abroad for National Geographic/Raw TV.
Emma-Jane Goodwin trained at East 15 Acting School. Her theatre appearances include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - UK, Ireland and International Tour (NT), Sandra after Birthday (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Her Big Chance (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Someone's Out There (Sglodion Fawr Theatre), Love Steals us from Loneliness (Chippy Lane Productions), Matchmakers (Three Muses Productions) and Yolk (Three Muses Productions) On television she has appeared in Stella (Sky) and on radio in Bert & Dave’s Big Break (Wireless Theatre Company).
Julie Hale (Siobhan) has just returned from touring internationally with Curious Incident and is delighted to now be in the West End. Her theatre work includes Whisky Galore (in Gaelic) with National Theatre Scotland , Cured by Stef Smith as part of the Glasgay Festival at the Arches, Glasgow, Old Times and Love in the Title with London Classic Theatre, Lovechild, Ceausescu’s Ear and Pericles, all with Gerry Stembridge, Sunshine Boys at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Exiles by James Joyce at The Friends of the Italian Opera Theatre, Berlin, an Irish national tour of Canaries, Abigail’s Party and The Gingerman at The New Theatre, Dublin. The Gingerman then transferred to the Irish Arts Centre, New York where she was then cast and performed in the New York premier of Red Roses and Petrol directed by Neil Jones. Her film and television work includes Shetland, Garrow’s Law, Crash, My Left Foot, Ash Wednesday, W.C., Troubles, Black and White, When Brendan met Trudy, Flick, Black Day at Blackrock, Bobbie’s Girl & Bloom. Julie had an ongoing role as Terry Deegan in the Irish soap-opera Fair City for 8 years and was D.I. Amanda Rook in the Scottish soap-opera River City.
Lucas Hare (Roger) trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (NT UK & Ireland tour), Children Of The Sun, Scenes From An Execution, The Last Of The Haussmans, Season’s Greetings (all NT), A Match Made In Heaven (Frinton Summer Theatre), The Mentor (Vaudeville Theatre), The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath & tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Chichester and Duchess Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Spider’s Web (Agatha Christie Theatre Company), The Tempest (Shared Experience), A Taste Of Honey (Brave New World), Thark (Watermill Theatre), The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven (Sally Humphreys Productions), The Doctor’s Dilemma (Almeida), Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible), Romeo And Juliet (Hull Truck), Death And The Maiden (Harold Pinter Theatre). His television appearances include The Crown, Friday Night Dinner, Broadchurch, EastEnders, Casualty, Manhunt, The Rook, Learners, U Be Dead, Law and Order UK, Dream Team Retro, Hearts and Bones, Touching Evil, The Bill and films include Die Another Day and The Engagement
Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His work in theatre includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT; A Soldier in Every Son, King John, Richard III and Dunsinane (with National Theatre of Scotland) for the RSC; Unrestless in the Old Vic Tunnels; and The World Turned Upside Down for Òran Mór. TV includes Holby City, Baker Boys, Doctors, One Night in Emergency, Garrow’s Law, Heartbeat, Belonging and Stopping Distance. Film includes Plots with a View.
Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl) trained at Identity Drama School. Her theatre credits include: Punk Girl in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Gielgud Theatre); Sarabi in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Tina & u/s Deloris in Sister Act (UK Tour); Lorraine/ Dynamite & u/s Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (UK Tour); u/s Yvonne in Been So Long (Young Vic/ETT); u/s Joanne in Rent (Broadway Theatre); Sarah in Ragtime (Kenneth More Theatre). Her film and TV credits include: Been So Long (Film Four/ Greenacre Productions); Behind Every Great Day (Dreams Beds commercial); Johnson and Johnson Baby Global (commercial).
Stuart Laing (Ed) trained at Drama Centre, London. His work in theatre includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT; title role in Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre Colchester; Peckham: The Soap Opera for the Royal Court; Dolls House at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Hundreds and Thousands, Billy & The Crab Lady and Food For Thought at Soho Theatre; Neil la Bute trilogy on UK tour, Seasons Greetings at Liverpool Playhouse, Indian Country at Chapter Theatre, Hushabye Mountain at Hampstead Theatre , A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatr Clywd, Bad Company at the Bush Theatre; Blowing Whistles at Leicester Square Theatre; Drowning on Dry Land at Salisbury Playhouse; Kiss of the Spider Woman & Over Here at Leicester Haymarket and Loot at Thorndike Theatre. TV includes Casualty, Silent Witness, Vincent, Spooks, Father Brown, How TV Ruined Your Life, In a Land of Plenty, Everytime You Look At Me, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Poirot, Strikeforce, Sex and Lies, The Bill, Berkley Square, Blood & Peaches, Bob Martin, Burn It, Cambridge Spies, Devil’s Advocate, Eastenders and Wire in the Blood. Animator, In Your Dreams, Kavannagh QC, Holby City, Doctors. Film includes South West Nine, The Lawless Heart, Butterfly Man, Gaston’s War, Lie Still, Nine Songs, Strong Language, The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, Three Steps to Heaven and The Truth Game.
Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters) trained at RADA. His theatre credits include: Landlord, Moth, Old Man, Mr.Iger, Roy, Fred in Two by Jim Cartwright (Derby Theatre); Joe, Fred, Jim, Patrick, Kevin, Barry in Ladies Day (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre); Ken in the world premiere of Ali Taylor’s Goth Weekend; Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and various roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s 60th Anniversary Gala; A Brief History of Plays (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Nurse Tabatha Trott in Sleeping Beauty/ Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); Rev Peters/Station Policeman/ Uncle Terry/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Frantic Assembly/ NT production in the West End); Sgt Thunder in War Horse (NT, UK and international tour - MTA Winner); Sgt. Lugg in The Magistrate (NT); The Village Bike (Sheffield Crucible); Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Hull Truck / No.1 UK tour); Scobie in The Glee Club (Hull Truck/UK tour); Toad in The Wind in the Willows; Bey the Reindeer in The Snow Queen (for Derby LIVE at Derby Theatre); Ladies Day (Lichfield Garrick); Abigail’s Party (Northcott Theatre,Exeter); Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!; Up ‘n’ Under; Time of My Life; On The Piste (Derby Playhouse); Time and the Conways (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); Puck and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Adrian Noble (RSC – Stratford, London and world tour); Ugly Sister in Cinderella (York Theatre Royal); Trinculo in The Tempest (Theatr Clwyd, Nottingham Playhouse and world tour); Alistair in Two Weeks With The Queen, directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and NT - TMA Winner); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector (Harrogate Theatre).Also workshops with Stephen Daldry, Lyndsey Turner, Patrick Marber, Lucy Bailey, Michael Buffong, Melly Still at NT Studio. Television credits include: Emmerdale, Billionaire Boy, Truckers, Vera, Birdsong, Trollied, Downton Abbey, Shameless, John Adams, Mrs Inbetweeny, Miss Florence, City of Vice, Honest, Wild West, Coogan’s Run, Lost Time, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Golden Hour, Holby City, EastEnders, Casualty, Red Cap, The Peterloo Massacre, The Royal, A Line in the Sand, Crime and Punishment, Sword of Honour, City Central, The Bill, Heartbeat, London’s Burning and Jackanory. Film credits include: Send Her Victorious, Deano Small in Girl Shaped Love Drug, 24 Hour Party People, Old Borrowed Blue, Jude and Go Now, directed by Michael Winterbottom, Poor Wee Me, Still Crazy, Lucky Break, Vanity Fair, and A Martial Kind of Man.
Sam Newton (alternate Christopher) is originally from Birmingham and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has just finished playing Nigel in Toast at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and made his professional debut in the UK & World Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time playing Christopher Boone (alternate) with the NT and is delighted to be joining the show in the West End. Other theatre training includes: A Serious Case of the Fuckits (CSSD); The Heresy of Love (CSSD); Slot Together (MAC Birmingham); Americana workshop (Stratford East Theatre); The Leeds Tealights (Sketch Comedy Tour), Cambridge Footlights and Friends (ADC Theatre).
Rose Riley is an Actor, Theatre Maker and Core Committee Member & Activist for Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA 50:50). Theatre credits include: Grafting at The Streatham Arts Space, LOADED at The Birmingham Old Rep, Sisterbound co-written by Rose for the Camden Fringe Festival 2017 & RADA Festival 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It for Watch Your Head at the Savill Gardens & Windsor Castle; ReHome at The Yard Theatre; One Minute for Delirium Theatre at The Vaults and Tiger Country written & directed by Nina Raine at The Hampstead Theatre. Recent screen credits include: award-winning short film ELI produced by 7 COLLI Productions, Feature Film 90 Minutes produced by Vertigo Films and the lead role of Sarah in short film Home directed by Hannah Lees, due for release in late 2018.
Joe Rising trained at Motherwell College. His theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT) and Common Man (National Theatre Scotland). His film credits include Blindsided.
Craig Stein (Mr Thompson) has recently finished working with Frantic Assembly in Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith as well as filming Lake Placid: Legacy for Sony/Syfy. Other theatre credits include: Wig Out (NT), Doctor Faustus (Duke of Yorks/ATG), Neighbors (High Tide/Nuffield Theatre), Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre), 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court Theatre-Rough Cuts), FELA! (NT), Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour), Nation (NT), Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre), Rent (Duke of York’s Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Craig’s film and TV credits include; Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney), Soft Lad (Brown Boy Productions/Peccadillo Films), Doctors (BBC), Song for Jenny (BBC), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Love Matters: Aphrodite Fry (Ruby Films/Sky Living), Holby City (BBC), Down To Earth (BBC), The Biz! (BBC) and Casualty (BBC). Voiceovers include: Fuse in Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures) and various roles in The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network Studios Europe).
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