The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night‑Time

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night‑Time

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Neighborhood: Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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Marcus Lewsley
Spalding, UK3 contributions
Have a great evening here.. A first class show, great acting and the leads were amazing, particularily the lead boy who was fantastic, also the mum and dad were excellent. A great inside into autism and an amazing set, brilliant use of technology made it an enjoyable evening. The only downside was the use of bad language which considering the young children there was not really over-great. Lovely day.
Written April 17, 2021
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Carole C
Skegness, UK32 contributions
Friends
Brilliant performance. A thought provoking play with exceptional acting, staging and cast.A privilege to see.
Seen at Nottingham theatre royal
I hadn't read the book so full of surprises for me.
Written February 13, 2022
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Yogeshn
Durban, South Africa310 contributions
Friends
A friend asked us to go with her for this show and got us tickets 3 rows from the front. I knew nothing about it and thought it may be boring - I was extremely mistaken. The story takes you into the mind of this child which is creatively done with lighting, IT effects and sound. It was very engaging and really made one think, but mostly understand, the life of this child. My one sugestion is to perhaps sit a bit more in the middle or perhaps the first balcony, as there is one scene with the train that I think would look better with a bit of an aerial view. Also the special effects can be a bit distracting if you are too near the stage.
Written November 12, 2017
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John2119
71 contributions
Friends
Well I think people who love this obviously have a very different perspective to me or maybe only those who love it write reviews.

Anyway let's get to the facts.
It's incredibly boring, there are people shouting at each other and the story is very weak. The "mystery" you will work out in the first 10 mins. There's a good smattering of four letter words which makes it even more unappealing and are just unnecessary. Finally of you are seated anywhere away from the centre stalls like the upper circle you'd better bring your hearing aid because they don't seem to broadcast any of the vocals up there so you can't hear a lot of what's said.

Save your money and do something more interesting like the washing up at home because otherwise you risk wasting a few hours of your life that you'll never get back.

Sorry but I hated it and left before the end as I couldn't stand it any more.
Written May 17, 2017
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surreyfamily2015
Surrey, UK2 contributions
Family
5 of us went to see this play and 4 of us left with a feeling of confusion. ~Why had we paid to see this? Are we odd? Why does everyone else seem to enjoy it? I got the feeling that because of the subject matter people are too scared to critiise. However when I visit the theatre I want to be entertained. This was not entertainment. It was a waste of my time and money and provided me with no more information then i could have could have got from a half decent documentary.
Written August 4, 2016
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WestM4897987
Coventry, UK32 contributions
Friends
When researching theatre in general, especially my chosen practioner for my AS Drama coursework: Paule Constable, this play had been mentioned a lot with consistently outstanding reviews. Having won the 2013 Laurence Olivier awards for Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Set Design; I decided this was not a show to miss! As a result I had extremely high expectations, that surpassed every show I had observed previous and thought I had high expectations for; I particularly had unbelievable high expectations for the lighting designs, as well as the National Theatre cast, from researching a lot of Paule Constable’s previous work and being extremely impressed and inspired by it.

The performance took place at the Gielgud Theatre, Leicester Square, London. I was sat in the Grand Circle in ‘restricted view’ seating, the lowest available band in the theatre, and still had an acceptable view and didn’t miss any major action and it had no impact on my enjoyment of the performance.

The acting in this performance was to a very high standard; an example of this is the lead character of Christopher Boone as performed by Joseph Ayre. Ayre presented Christopher; a mathematical genius with Asperger’s Syndrome, with accuracy, sensitivity and creative flare; he encaptured the traits of AS and presented them in a loving, comical and heart-warming manner. In every dialogue he exchanged, he always shown blunt honesty and made outstanding use of voice to show this to create comic effect for the audience, his body language of confusion, determination and upset as he travelled to London was yet another strong feature he presented and created a sense of realism for the audience, in a production which expressed the realism of Christopher’s mind across moments which seemed more fantastical when acting intersects with design so intelligently and perfectly. Overall, the cast were outstanding and were selected to perfection to fit their given roles.

Lighting and projection designs were extremely prominent within this production, thanks to Paul’s Constable’s innovative and thrilling designs (produced in collaboration with the design director), which allow us to see inside Christopher’s mind and understand how he interprets the world around him. The main rig itself wasn’t particularly ostentatious, which is surprising based on the effects that were created, however Constable focussed on using only light that was necessary: washes, follow spots and a few profile moving head lights (MACS). What made the rig come to life was how it was used effectively to compliment the LED strips embedded into the stage flooring and the projection walls. One scene which created a particularly impressive visual spectacle is when Christopher had a meltdown after reading letters his mother had sent to him which his father had hidden from him; Christopher lies on the floor CS whilst a mixture of virtual video wall and physical letters and papers fall on and around him. Cold white sidelights reflect off the letters at a medium intensity (an effective use of Fresnel lanterns), whilst complimented by an overall low intensity blue (Christopher’s motif colour) wash which contrasts the chaos (created through LED lighting technology). To isolate Christopher amongst this blue wash and the variety of subtle yet effective techniques utilised, a cold white follow spot isolates Christopher in his own space on the graph paper floor (LED strips illuminate to create graph paper markings whilst floor projections show words and mathematical symbols dynamically moving across the stage floor). Overall this was one example amongst many of astounding lighting designs which Constable created; which were a thing of beauty to observe. I could not fault any of these designs!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this performance as a whole and it is definitely my personal favourite of all the theatrical performances I have observed. From observing this performance I learned a lot about lighting design and how it is possible to pull of ambitious and creative designs whilst having a fairly simple rig. I also learned how lighting, set and projection can intertwine as one single unit that can create astounding, thrilling and almost fantastical designs that can bring a production to life. The unique designs are something that will stay with me for a long time to come and I believe they will heavily inspire my work in the future, as well as inspiring me to see future works that Paule Constable designs. I would definitely recommend this show to others, the story line is emotionally intricate, comical and heart-warming all at once; and the adaptation from the original novel is outstanding. The performance is thought-provoking, innovative and enjoyable for all and the designs can inspire directors and designers alike. This show would even be enjoyable for someone who isn’t particularly interested in theatre, so I would recommend this production to everyone, no matter their level of theatrical interest.
Written August 4, 2017
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PatrickKenny
Milton Keynes, England30 contributions
Solo
Finally got to see this, touring and Milton Keynes Theatre. Reasonably solid theatre until it jumped the shark with the cute puppy.

People will say this play gives insight into the problems of someone on the autistic spectrum. But why make Christopher a savant? Because ultimately, in the theatre, we want our autistic protagonists to be as cute as golden retriever puppies, so everyone goes home happy.
Written November 5, 2015
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laurie f
Derby, UK390 contributions
Couples
I read this book years ago and really liked it.
We’ve seen lots of shows in London, mainly musicals and this was the first time we’ve been to see a play. It didn’t disappoint.

The main storyline is about how an autistic boy experiences the world and how he interacts with people. That really opens your eyes if you don’t know anyone with autism. The actual plot is great but also very sad at points.

It was heart wrenchingly emotional to watch. I was fighting tears through a lot of it. It was beautifully done. It was funny at times and the staging was so clever. It was dramatic and thought provoking. We talked about it for ages afterwards. Loved it and would highly recommend. The actors were absolutely brilliant! Don’t get up and rush off at the end..
Written April 14, 2019
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Penny-Jane T
London, UK158 contributions
Couples
Where do I start?! I found this theatre performance really painful. I came out with a banging headache and was sensitive to loud sounds and bright lights.
It was really depressing and nothing positive came of the performance apart from the 2 minutes where a puppy was brought on to stage. Some actors were decent but most were unnecessarily shouty. There was a narrator who I'm sorry to say had a rather irritating voice. Also a lot of unnecessary swearing throughout.
At one point around 25 minutes in I was contemplating breaking up with my boyfriend because he kept laughing hysterically and clapping like a seal which made me question what on earth we have in common and I didn't find it funny at all.
I like to leave a theatre performance feeling uplifted and happy this done the absolute opposite!
Written April 8, 2019
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Christina L
South Wales, UK42 contributions
Friends
I bought the cheapest ticket for £18.50, sat in the last row of the grand circle. It still gives an unrestricted and clear view of the play.
This play is witty, funny, thought provoking. The stage producer had put in lots of effort into designing the stage, simply amazing.
Good acting.....nothing bad about it.
This is one of the best play I ever seen. A must watch.
Written March 16, 2019
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