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A scene from the original West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A scene from the original West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The cast has been announced for the first UK tour of the National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The high-tech play, which opens at The Lowry this Christmas, will see Joshua Jenkins make his National Theatre debut as Christopher, the 15-year-old boy who narrates the story.

Christopher describes himself as ‘a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties’, and although his condition is not stated, the blurb for the book on which the play is based makes reference to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Tony Award winning Marianne Elliott, who grew up in Manchester, and adapted by Stockport-born Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel has now opened in New York to a rapturous reception and spectacular reviews from the American media.

Also in the tour cast are Geraldine Alexander as Siobhan, Chris Ashby (alternate Christopher), Emmanuelle Cole (Punk Girl), Edward Grace (Mr Thompson), Gina Isaac (Judy) and Stuart Laing (Ed). Further casting is yet to be announced.

Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received seven Olivier Awards last year, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. It also won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre and has been seen by over 300,000 people during its run in the West 
End.