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Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Leeds Grand Theatre


If you see one play this year it must be this!

We sent our theatre expert Matt Jameson down to Leeds Grand Theatre to check out The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Ladies and gentleman prepare to be amazed by this extraordinarily spectacular and thought provoking play based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens. The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time immediately is transfixing, taking us right to the start of the story where we see Christopher (Scott Reid), a fifteen-year-old boy living in Swindon suburbia with autism. He is upset and distraught at the discovery of his neighbour’s dog dead in the garden and is then blamed for the deed.

Christopher then sets out on a mission to uncover the truth and discover the true identity of the dog’s killer. He embarks on a fascinating journey of discovery as he pushed the boundaries of his own world and taking everyone along for the ride. But all is not as it seems and Christopher soon realises everything around him has changed.

Directed by Marianne Elliott, the productions visual impact is outstanding with the use of imaginative lighting and sound against a simplistic set which illustrates Christopher’s world perfectly. The use of physical theatre throughout resonates the emotion and isolation of the characters taking us right to the heart. Scott Reid gives an outstanding performance, balancing the reality of his condition but also showing us the world inside his head. The supporting cast brilliantly add to this with humility and sometimes humour as in everyday life. If you see one play this year it must be this, completely mesmerising from start to finish!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs until Saturday 4th March and some tickets are still available from https://www.leedsgrandtheatre.com/Online/CuriousIncident

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