The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2nd visit)***** (Apollo Theatre, 11 August 2013)

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Theatre

photo-118Seeing this for the first time in the National’s Cottesloe almost exactly a year ago, it came across as an extraordinary work of theatre and left an indelible impression. Now, with a record number of Olivier awards and a sell-out run on Shaftesbury Avenue under its belt, it is well on its way to becoming an all-time landmark production. It has survived the transfer amazingly well; previously performed on a small stage with the audience on all four sides, it is now set in a cube which creates a sense of claustrophobia, reflecting the world of a boy with Asperger Syndrome; it also allows numbers and diagrams to be projected, for characters to climb and walk around walls and it makes the train/tube journey even more realistic and terrifying. There are a few cast changes; Niamh Cusack is still the teacher/narrator, but Johnny Gibbon had taken over from Luke Treadaway at this performance; he and the entire company are all superb. Seeing it again, it is still as thrilling, moving and life-affirming, but what strikes home most is the incredible feat of imagination by director Marianne Elliot in creating such a completely unique theatrical experience.

  1. yeriomin says:

    what a great review! I should definitely see it!

  2. yeriomin says:

    Wow, what a great review! I should definitely see it!

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