The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by  Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 5f

Simon Stephens' Olivier and Tony award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel. 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by  Mark Haddon Simon Stephens

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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    5m, 5f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades


    Tony, Olivier, From Broadway, From West End

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Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.

Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.
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  • 2013 Olivier Award for Best New Play
    2015 Tony Award for Best Play
    2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play



  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various Settings
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Mark  Haddon

Mark Haddon

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright. His early work at the Royal Court includes BLUEBIRD (1998); HERONS (2001), COUNTRY MUSIC (2004) and MOTORTOWN (2006). In 2008 his play HARPER REGAN opened at the National Theatre, and SEA WALL, starring Andrew Scott, played at the Bush. Simon then had success with his p ...

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