Award winning book comes to the stage

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to Northampton
  • Show has won seven Olivier awards
  • Actor Lucas Hare talks about his role on Broadchurch

A book which was described as unstageable is coming to the Royal and Derngate in Northampton later this month.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is touring around the UK for the first time having been on the West End and Broadway. It can be seen in Northampton from Tuesday March 24 to Saturday March 28.

The play has been adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, and is directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the National Theatre’s record-breaking production of War Horse.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of Christopher Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion.

He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers.

But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Swansea born Joshua Jenkins makes his National Theatre debut as Christopher. His previous theatre credits include Dunsinane for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland. The cast also includes Geraldine Alexander as his teacher Siobhan, Roberta Kerr as Mrs Alexander, Stuart Laing as his father Ed, Gina Isaacs as Judy, Clare Perkins as Mrs Shears and Lucas Hare as Roger Shears.

Speaking to the Daventry Express about the play, Lucas said: “I was very aware of the book however when I got the part, I didn’t start reading the book though, I wanted to come to the material fresh. However I was working at the National Theatre when it was being performed in London and saw it being rehearsed and it looked amazing.

“However I have since read the book and understand why it has this massive following.

“It is popular among teenagers and among adults. It is about anyone who has had a family and gone through troubles. It is an amazing piece of work and the set design is incredibly clever.

The Curious Incident of the Dog of the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog of the Night-Time

“It is a fantastic show and great to be a part of something that is so loved by people.”

The tour begun in the autumn and runs through to November.

Lucas said: “The tour has been going really well, we have been having standing ovations a lot of nights and the audience has been really good.

“You start to realise the show has such a fan base and to be part of something that is loved is an amazing feeling.”

“It is a fantastic show and great to be a part of something that is so loved by people.”

Lucas Hare

Lucas has been a familiar face to ITV viewers having been the clerk of the court in the second series of crime drama Broadchurch.

Spoilers for the second series of Broadchurch appear after this paragraph.

It is just over two weeks after the finale has been broadcast and a wave of relief is evident as he talks about his role.

Lucas said: “It is a relief to finally be able to talk about to be honest. Everything was incredibly secretive. I wasn’t allowed to tell my family anything about it. If you had of been speaking to me while the series on I would not have said anything.

“I wasn’t even allowed to say who I was playing or the number of episodes that I was in.

“However it was great to be in the crucial scenes where Joe pleaded not guilty and the not guilty verdict was read out. They were exciting scenes and to be in scenes and work with people like Olivia Colman was absolutely fantastic.

“But it was very surreal when you were outside because even the clapper boards had a different name of Tea and Sympathy. Even though it was clear when you saw David Tennant and Olivia Colman that it was Broadchurch.”

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are priced from £12 to £33.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or by visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk.