Acclaimed play for Joburg

A scene from the South African production of the acclaimed The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time.

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BY BILLY SUTER

THE award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, reaches Johannesburg – running at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from November 9 to December 7 – after a season at Cape Town’s newly renovated Theatre on the Bay ends on November 3.

The South African production of the play by Simon Stephens, based on the 2003 mystery novel by British author Mark Haddon, is directed by Paul Warwick Griffin. The fine cast includes Ashley Dowds, Kate Normington, Kai Brummer, Lesoko Seabe, Genna Galloway, Jenny Stead, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Liz Szymczak, Dylan Edy and Clayton Evertson.

The play, the film of the London production of which was shown at Cinema Nouveau cinemas as part of the National Theatre Live progamme, is set in 1988 in Swindon, England, and centres on 15-year-old Christopher Boone.

He is a youth with an extraordinary brain who is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, and detests being touched. He distrusts strangers.

When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, his detective work to identify the true culprit takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Wikipedia reports that the film rights for the novel were optioned By Brad Putt and Brad Grey for Warner Brothers. Then, in 2011, Steve Kloves was reportedly attached to write and direct the project, about which there has been no further news.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time will be presented at Montecasino every Wednesday to Sunday. Ticket prices range from R100 to R240 and booking is at Computicket outlets.


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