Piccadilly Theatre, the location in which Joshua Jenkins, otherwise known as Christopher Boone, starred in an incredible adaptation of Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. The book, first published in 2003 is primarily about, as the name suggests, the mysterious killing of a dog (Wellington) in the night-time, however when delved deeper into, is actually about the struggles Christopher goes through with his condition, lies and truths, and the complexity of relationships. It was first performed as a play in August 2012, and since then has been viewed and enjoyed by over three million people.  

With 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards including 'Best Play', and director Marianne Elliot (also director of War Horse) it is no surprise that the acting, movement work and stylisation of the entire production is so incredible. Although minimal set is used, the physical and dance choreography, mostly by the company ‘Frantic Assembly’ makes up for this, with the incredible airborne moves, especially those of the dream and astronaut scene, touching the audience in an effective manner.  

With ongoing themes of mystery, family relationships and of course how Christopher deals with his Asperger’s syndrome, it gives the audience an insight of what it is like for him to suffer from the pressures of everyday life, shown effectively in the train scene. A local primary school teacher who has had much experience with autistic children said: ‘it’s better than ever training I’ve ever been on because it gives a deeper understanding into the mind of an autistic child’.  

Following a UK and international tour, the Curious Incident theatre production is back showing in London’s Piccadilly Theatre for 2019, up until 27th April this year; if you are able to I would strongly recommend you go and take a visit.