As the National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time approaches the first anniversary of its tenure at the Gielgud Theatre and the new additions to the cast are in rehearsal to assume their roles from the 22nd June on the West End stage, I thought I would briefly take a look at the play's overwhelming success on the other side of the pond.
The 69th Annual Tony Awards - the theatre calendar's biggest ceremony - took place this Sunday evening at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Broadway production won five awards in total (including 'Best Play'). The production has had a tremendous run of success so far during New York's awards season. It has managed to pick up five Outer Critics Circle awards (including 'Outstanding New Broadway Play'), six Drama Desk awards (including 'Outstanding Play'), and also won the Drama League award for 'Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play', so no wonder it was the bookies' favourite going into Sunday's ceremony. We were certainly keeping our fingers crossed for Marianne, Alex and the whole cast and creative team of Broadway's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and it worked!
It really is a testament to British playwriting and production, how well our plays transfer to the Great White Way. In return, the Americans send us a plethora of amazing musicals each year, undoubtedly making the West End-Broadway relationship a fabulous and mutually satisfying one.
Curious has quite the history already here in London too. The show officially opened at the National Theatre on 2nd August 2012, with its limited engagement closing on 27th October 2012. Its phenomenal success, which included a live cinema screening on 6th September (through the 'National Theatre Live' programme), meant that a West End transfer was inevitable. This came the following year, as Curious opened at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on 12th March 2013. The production moved to the Gielgud Theatre next door on 9th July 2014 after a short break, and it continues to pull in theatregoers to that venue today.
If you haven't seen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I would strongly recommend you taking a trip to the Gielgud and let your senses feast on this breathtaking production. The show has the advantage of appealing to both adults and teenagers - as Mark Haddon's story (adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens) speaks directly to young teens finding their place in the world, as well as to parents undergoing the various challenges of parenthood. Add to that the genius visual projections and imaginative staging and choreography and you can't help but have a theatrical evening out that you won't soon forget. After all, there must be a reason it won seven 2013 Olivier Awards!