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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre

Mark Haddon’s 2003 book of the same name was a monster hit with readers of every age. This is a children’s mystery but it has a wide appeal and thrills adults as much as it excites younger people. The book has been adapted by Simon Stephens to excellent effect to create a production so good it has transferred to the West End, an honour only achieved by the very best.

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Boring boring boring by Sera

Everyone around me seemed to like it. I was bored and considered walking out .. very very dull. So much better on the London stage. Think twice before wasting your money

Successful adaptation by Margaret

We liked the show very much. A very clever and effective adaptation of the book conveying the difficulties faced by the central character. I found some of the dialogue slightly difficult to hear.

A must see show by Val

I thought the young man who played Christopher was outstanding I have 3 children with autism & aspergers & he obviously researched well for the part. The other actors were also very good & the way the stage was designed was very clever. The only thing I wasn't too happy with was the live rat on stage - not because I don't like rats, I do but I was concerned about it being swung around in it's cage & if the loud music & lights were too scary for it. Other than that it was fantastic. There's a sweet surprise at the end, and please do wait for the extra treat after the end of the show when the actors have left the stage.

very good and a must to see by John

Thoroughly enjoyed whole experience,very creative show.

Different by Chloe

I hadn't read the book so was unsure what to expect. I'd been told it's a story for children but would say probably not suitable for younger than teens. The stage really made this show. The way it light up was just dazzlingly clever. Worth a look. Liked it.

Moving story and fabulous staging by Adina

I loved this show! It features a touching story, terrific acting (with perfect diction), fabulous and innovative sound, staging and lighting. There is so much going onstage that you don't want to blink and miss anything. You are totally engaged in Christopher's world and way of thinking as he tries to solve not only Wellington's murder, but also work out why the people around him behave as they do. Winner of several Olivier awards, it deserves every single one!

simply fantastic by Anna

Very tastefully handled the depiction of an autistic teenager and made the audience understand how he perceives the world, whilst at the same time having a good story and a few jokes! Don't see it if you have epilepsy or can't handle loud noises.

Fabulous Show in EveryWay. by Penny

A fabulous show full of wonderful happiness and laughter. Amazing acting by all the members of the play who gave a difficult story such wit and humour, Amazing stage settings and have put this on to Facebook for my friends. And also the theatre staff were exceptional as they very kindly moved me as I didn't realise how high it was.

Ingenious, highly creative show full of heart and mind! by Helen

Vibrant, touching, thought-provoking, funny, heart-warming. Very good lead performances alongside strong company acting.

The best by David

I've seen this play before in May and in Bristol later this year. This is simply the best theatre play that I've ever been to and I'm constantly trying to find other people that I can show this to. I can't really think of any person that wouldn't enjoy this. The performance this time didn't change my mind on that at all: Still amazing.

by Charles

Excellent drama brilliantly acted.

Just Amazing! by Patricia

I have read the book and I have found that they have followed the story line well but missed out a few minor parts.

by samantha

Thought provoking.

A great representation of Aspergers with fabulous performances by Claire Daisy

This was a brilliant representation of the book and of Aspergers. The set which portrayed the inner workings of the protagonist's mind was very clever. Great for older teenagers (our 16 yr old neice loved it) as too much swearing for younger children.

Much better than expected by Christine

Wonderful set design!! Very creative and interesting. Actors were phenomenal at conveying their feelings, particularly Christopher and his father. Draws you into the story way better than the book.

Educational awareness creative by Carrie

Good awareness for autism and educational as well. The acting was brilliant!

Imaginative and thoughtful insight into problems of autism by Paula

Fascinating portrayal of world view of an Asperger boy. Thought provoking and touching, with strong doses of humour. my 11 year old grandson enjoyed it too.

Spectacular!! by Camille

"Curious " is an amazing show!! I absolutely loved it. I would see it many times over and will look for tickets for my family/friends. The acting was superb, and the story is extremely moving. Go see it!

excellent all round entertainment by john

Wonderful show every part of the experience was throughly enjoyable.

Thought-provoking by Ed

How many shows combine great acting, staging, ballet-like movement, along with a compelling, thought-provoking storyline? You leave wondering who's got it right: the "normal" people or the autistic protagonist. 2.5 hours flew by in seeming minutes. See this play

by Chris

A very thought provoking play dealing with an often misunderstood condition, Asbergers Syndrome. There is a constant energy in the performance which draws the audience in, especially from the protagonist Christopher.

by john

A truly engaging play. Excellent.

Fantastic creativity by Roger

The staging of the story was fantastic, almost musical in it's rhythm. The use of lighting and music to interract with the story and the actors was quite unique with everything contained within a three sided box covering the whole stage. The story is very inspiring and thought provoking in how it observes relationships and emotions. You really must see this remarkable play.

best show I have ever seen by patrick

I read the book and found the play to replicate the story really well. It felt like reading the hooliganism. Only a couple of scenes I would have done differently when Chris is on his journey to London. The actor is too athletic in the moments of chaos, he looses his autism

Playing for laughs? by Anne

Cloying, cheesy and over indulgant performances plague this show -beware! Initially, you feel as if you are watching a high school drama project ( bare stage, actors on chairs, street wear costumes) which is a set up to showcase the digital stage to be revealed! At times insulting, the lead character whom we are supposed to eventually empathize with delivers a shallow performance displaying how autistic children look down at us lesser humans, actually calling the audience and other characters "Stupid". His parents are embroiled in a cheating spousal drama worthy of Coronation Place, and other small parts played by supporting actors are punctuated with ridiculous playing for laughs to the audience. But, the tell tale tip off of a desperate show appears near the end when a live puppy is brought onstage for no apparent reason. If you want to see a soap opera onstage, by all means spend your 200 pounds on this. Lead character - totally unlike able. Respect for subject matter- scanty. Respect for audience - practically nil. What a horrid experience.

Playing for laughs? by Anne

Cloying, cheesy and over indulgant performances plague this show -beware! Initially, you feel as of watching a high school drama project, which is a set up to showcase the digital stage to be revealed! At times insulting, the lead character whom we are supposed to eventually empathize with delivers a shallow performance displaying how autistic children look down at us lesser humans, actually calling the audience and other characters "Stupid". His parents are embroiled in a cheating spousal drama worthy of Coronation Place and other small parts played by supporting actors are punctuated with ridiculous playing for laughs to the audience. But, the tell tip off of a desperate show appears near the end when a live puppy is brought onstage for no apparent reason. If you want to see a soap opera onstage, by all means spen your 200 pounds on this. Lead character - totally unlike able. Respect for subject matter- scanty. Respect for audience - practically nil. What a horrid experience.

Fabulous show for families with teenagers by Sara

The show was wonderful, modern, very clever and one which really wraps you into it. Highly recommended.

Truth by Marie-Josephe

Don't take autistic person there because of the level of noise

by Joy

I wasnt sure because couldnt get into the book. I work with autistic children so didnt think the laughs from some people in first half were fair but the second half lifted me and made me realsie how few people understand autism. The cast and production and set were fabulous and really gave an amazing effect that gives a full sensory effects of autism.

Best play in years... by Roxanne

Brilliant performance, clever use of the stage,altogether spellbinding!

Marvelous show! by Charles

We very much enjoyed our evening at the theater! It was a marvelous story well told.

Turgid Performance by Michael

Great staging effects but the acting was terrible.

Great Performance by Harriet

Amazing set

Absolutely Brilliant by Angelina

I read the book and wondered how they would pull this off. An excellent performance. As a Headteacher, working in a school with a few children who have autism, it was a fantastic effort to make people aware of autism... I will be recommending it to all my staff.

Inspiring theate by Jane

This is a wonderful production, very unusual, inspiring, and by turns funny and poignant The lead actor was excellent at capturing the character of the young man with autism. Although the stage set was very minimalist, it was used to great effect. My only criticism would be that it was sometimes difficult to hear all the actors clearly. Overall I was completely captivated.

Excellent theatre by Jim

A wonderful insight into another world, which everyone should understand. The stage was literally brilliant.

Great by Richard

Wonderful show but sound amplification would have helped a lot such as the post-performance piece by the primary actor delivered with a microphone.

Stage adaptation - excellent! by Heidi

Having read the book we wondered how this could be adapted for the stage. How to communicate what was so much about the internal thoughts and difficulties of an Aspergers teenager? This show was every bit as good as the critics said it would be. It was a first class adaptation which remained true to the original book. Don't leave your seats after you've clapped and clapped for the actors ... even after they've ostensibly left the stage, there's a memorable scene!

Brilliant! by Deborah Thurber

Tickets I got from you were so bad - as in restricted view that we bought 2 new tickets at the theatre. You should have said restricted view.

Very good by Susan Metcalfe

At first found very dark but became very compelling and well performed

Blown away! by Leah

A must see for all. Amazingly thought through, and a fantastic use of the stage area. Loved every minute.

Human strength by Maite

Good story, well executed. Perhaps the audience should get warning of flashing lights during the show...

Outstanding........ by Shelley

.....on all fronts - a moving storyline which makes you stop and think and consider just how different life can be for others - wonderful acting and whilst all actors made me smile/frown/tear in the eye - the four legged arrival simply made the show!

by Sylvie

As good as the book, but warning, it's very loud. I loved it!

Not suitable for young children

Not suitable for young children

Not suitable for young children

Incredible by Rachael

This is far more than a play. The use of lighting on the stage is fantastic, particularly in the London section. This play is funny, heart warming, desperately sad and positive, at the same time. Brilliantly acted, I'd recommend this to anyone. It was a fantastic night out.

asd by jacqui

I enjoyed the show but felt othefs thought it a comedy. I work with children with asd and found it true to life and sad but not funny.

Best play in London by John

I had read the book. The play gives an acute insight into the life and thought processes of a youth suffering from AS. Everyone should see this drama unfold.

by Mike

I haven't read the book but knew the story and it was stimulating and thought-provoking.

by Margaret

Our only complaint was the poor sight lines from the Balcony, Row C which meant about a third of the stage was missed. Also, the seats were not too comply!

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