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My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solvMy name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale....

Title : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Stage Adaptation)
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Stage Adaptation) Reviews

  • Kenny
    2018-11-28 18:37

    I don't know why, but this play had a tremendous effect on me emotionally. Christopher was so amazing. When he sums up his adventure and accomplishment I was over come with emotion.

  • Edward
    2018-11-18 16:29

    This is the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon. It's adapted by Simon Stephens.I watched the show recently at the Leeds Grand Theatre and thought it was absolutely brilliant. I picked up the state adaptation while I was there. The stage adaptation offers a concise version of the novel. There's a narration that I felt did not add any value to the adaptation, as if it was there as a not so funny gag. Besides that very minor point, the adaptation faithfully brings to life all of the chapters in spoken form.

  • Canavan
    2018-11-14 16:35


  • Rebecca
    2018-11-14 20:14

    Incredibly well crafted, by far the most ingenious and detailed script I've read. The attention to such small details of Christopher's big personality really comes through in the script layout and the scene changes. An enjoyable read and a big congratulations to Stephens for adapting the novel so well and so extensively.

  • Edward Cheer
    2018-12-11 23:31

    After having read the fantastic novel about mentally-troubled children and the mysterious murders of canines, I decided it would be great to read the play inspired off that same novel.And... yeah, it was okay. But I feel like this is a classic example of an adaptation of storytelling mediums depreciating the value of the story.Don't get me wrong, this is still a good play. I'd love to see it performed, and it's worth a read, but I feel like a lot of the charm and character in the play from Christopher's narration being lost for a theatrical adaptation takes away the feeling of blunt honesty that Haddon had written into his book. I'm not tearing my hair out because of this, it's just something that comes with adapting a book to a play, but I feel like that change isn't always good for specific novels.Don't let me deter you from reading this play. It's not horrible. I just feel like the novel in this case, has volumes more to say and much more to appreciate (and a lot less forced-in meta-theatrical references) than the play does. It's still worth a read, though.

  • Ella Barratt
    2018-11-17 18:19

    Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the best books I have ever read. Christopher , a 15 year old kid who suffers from Autism spectrum. Christopher , has a father but his mother "past away" from a "heart attack". Christopher lives alone with his father and no siblings, Francis excels in mathematics and is doing an exam for his A levels. Christopher discovered his neighbors dead dog, perched with a garden fork. Christopher's neighbour called the police on Christopher and when the Police when to touch him to ask him questions he slapped the police men and got arrested for police assault.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-13 19:17

    I would love to see this staged! I found that I really enjoyed reading a play for a change, though I can definitely see how an actor's performance would take this somewhat simple story and elevate the hell out of it.

  • Nazanin Alipour
    2018-11-22 21:26

    به‌ نظرم مردم عجیب غریب هستند. اولین دلیلش این است که مردم بدون این‌که کلمه‌ ای به کار ببرند، صبحت می‌کنند. شیوان می‌گوید بالا انداختن ابرو مفاهیم متفاوتی می‌تواند داشته باشد....دومین دلیل این است که مردم با استعاره صحبت می‌کنند. اینها نمونه‌ هایی از استعاره است:...

  • Misti
    2018-11-27 16:35

    Well written and could be a beautiful production if done well. I'm not sure our community theatre could pull it off with its limited resources.

  • Jason
    2018-11-28 21:32

    WOW-just WOW! Every bit as good as the book on which it is based. Exquisite characters, on an astonishing journey. Just top notch all around. WOW!

  • Michael
    2018-11-30 20:14

    Reading Challenge 2018: Book with an animal in the title. I read this play, having read the book, because I am taking the freshman class to the play in February. I am anxious to see how it plays out on the stage, as the book was so good. I think something is lost in translation when a book gets turned into a play, but the gist of the story is there.

  • Jeremiah Blackman
    2018-12-05 18:32

    This is a very well written play with extremely rich, complex characters. This is chock full of emotion, very engaging. I had the good fortune to see the play and the staging adds enormously to the story. From a writing perspective, the beginning of the second act seems a bit forced, but overall a very good story

  • Carrie
    2018-11-15 16:39

    I've read the novel version of this play twice for two other classes and it just gets worse with rereads.

  • Colin Bruce Anthes
    2018-12-06 18:39

    Marvelous adaptation of a marvelous book.

  • Wes
    2018-11-13 00:32

    A wonderful companion to the book and the play. I think it brings out the actual power via this stripped down version.

  • Hinal
    2018-12-09 18:27

    Literally the best book ever.So unique.I love how there's diagrams.10/10 recommend.Defo worth the money.Easy to read because it's just so good!

  • Zack
    2018-11-24 18:35

    Setting: Swindon and London Genre: Drama Length: 2 acts; 102 pages Cast Size: 5 M, 5 F; doubling Basis: Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name Adaptations: NoneProductions: West End (March ’13 – Dec.’13; July ’14 - ), Broadway (Oct. ’15 – Sept. ’16)Accolades: Olivier Best Play winner (+6), Tony Best Play winner (+4), Drama Desk Outstanding Play (+5), Outer Critics Circle Outstanding New Play (4+)Story:“Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.”Author’s Note:- “All actors remain on stage unless prescribed otherwise.”- “Scenes run into one another without interruption regardless of alterations in space or time or chronology”On the Writing:- Lack of descriptive stage directions may confuse readers of time/place and who characters are speaking to when reading the script without seeing a production of it.- DPS acting edition provides more clear designation of scene locations.- Briskly paced without rushing or sacrificing quality of storytelling.- Use of Siobhan reading of Christopher's story as book report a little convenient but break's up Christopher's narration, connects events, and maintains flow.- Christopher very believably written autistic teenager; well written matter-of-fact/blunt comedic lines but still consistent with dramatic tone; always feel his emotional distress and fear - Easily able to connect/sympathize with both Ed's frustration and internal conflict to do the right thing and love/appreciate Christopher's innocent and unfiltered way of seeing and greeting the world. - Very emotionally raw, honest, and somewhat uncomfortable moments to watch (in a good way)- Quickly engrossed and invested in story and still lasts after first act cliffhanger; when the mystery ends, the action, adventure and story does not - Multiple well-balanced themes and lessons: difficulties/conflicts in parenting; value of patience with those more different than you and learning to see the world through their eyes; autism spectrum awareness; overcoming obstacles and flaws you can't control; compassion in student/school mentor relationshipOn the Writing (cont.):- Did not need the element of turning Christopher’s book into a play, especially with Siobhan’s’ clichéd line “some people find things which are kind of true in things which are made up" - Great use of overlapping voices to show Christopher’s distress in train station, but could have been used more and earlier in the play For Directing/Casting:- Minimal stage directions and continuous scene structure allow for creative staging, transitioning, and depiction of setting- Must maintain quick tempo and fluidity and stress that upon actors or risk the writer's integrity and the audience's attention and clarity- DPS calls for a cast of ten (5 men, 5 women); lists four characters (Christopher, Siobhan, Ed, Judy) and the rest as "company doubling" with distribution options- No specific physical descriptions or requirements given for any characters, so age/gender may be flexible- All adult roles, aside from Christopher (who could be played by an older actor)For Acting:- Christopher very demanding role: nearly always on stage, vast amount of lines to memorize, must be able to play a convincing young teenager with autism but not a caricature, at times must have subtle/blunt comedic line delivery- Ed great, multidimensional, dynamic role; chance to be antagonizing but redeeming; must rely conflict and frustration, but sympathetic- Siobhan great role but must be very careful and not confuse sensitive/caring with belittling/patronizing towards Christopher- Judy’s letter monologue is a nice emotional moments; has other emotional moments as well. - Would be best for all actors to have British accentsFor Producing/Audiences:- Script as written does not require much in terms of specific scenic design, costumes, or props so production could be relatively affordable- Any size performance space would suffice- May want a space with properly-equipped lighting and projection abilities, especially for Christopher’s math epilogue- May be difficult for some companies to have live puppy at the end- Aside from West End and Broadway production winning accolades, may not be a huge audience draw by name alone in areas where people aren't privy to theatre- Engaging, endearing, suspenseful story will interest all audiences and will be able to connect, sympathize and identify with both Ed and Christopher

  • Gail Griffith
    2018-12-04 18:15

    Would love to see this on stage

  • Michael Tadlock
    2018-11-22 20:37


  • Mike Steven
    2018-12-12 00:37

    It's almost impossible to judge a play by reading it and not seeing it so I just went for a 3 star.I love the original novel, but this has now been put on the GCSE English Literature list as a potential text so I thought I'd read the play to see if it would be suitable to teach.I think that it could probably be awesome with the right teacher and the right group.

  • Julie
    2018-11-19 22:17

    I thought this book was a less winsome version of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." The voice is similar — it's written in the first person, and the protagonist is an intellectually disabled boy who spouts an encyclopedia of fun facts — and it too follows a mystery. The difference is that the character in this book becomes a bit unlikable. When he's describing the difficulty with which he performs everyday tasks, he begins to sound... Well, like a bit of an ass. I didn't want to feel that way, because he's intellectually disabled and thus can't empathize with others the way a non-disabled person would, but I couldn't overturn my feelings. As the story progressed I felt more and more that his self-centered disposition was due to something other than his disability. And actually, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" might be partially to blame. The character in that book is suffused with a one-in-a-million concern for other people. He treads so lightly and shows so much tenderness. Anyway, I want to make clear that I thought this character sounded like an ass, but didn't think he was meant to be one. I think the author, Simon Stephens, really wrestled with the mission of describing an intellectually disabled boy's reasoning, while not allowing the reader to villainize him. It's a huge moral quandary — learning to not villainize people who do inconsiderate things, but do them unknowingly. I'm sure psychologists have written whole textbooks about it. In a sentence: I think the most valuable thing this book provides is a handful of quaint facts about the world, so unless you're interested in reading ~200 pages of novel to gain a few quaint facts, I'd say it isn't worth the read.

  • Taran
    2018-12-01 00:19

    The book was well-realized as a play. The adapter kept a lot of important characters and plot points. I liked how narration was handled because it was such an important aspect of the book and necessary to the play.

  • Alistair Miller
    2018-12-01 00:34

    This story is written from the viewpoint of a 15 year old called Christopher, who is a child with autism. The title refers to the killing of a dog called Wellington, who was owned by one of his neighbours. It is during Christopher's investigations into what happened to the dog that we learn not only who killed the dog, but also what happened to cause the split between his mother and father. Most importantly of all, we begin to understand what it is like for a child with autism to function in a 'mainstream' world, which can be frightening, hard to read and overstimulating.I really found reading the story from Christopher's perspective made the story extremely interesting. But I never felt the plot dragged. There were enough sub plots to keep my interest and these plot strands helped me understand Christopher's personality even more. The illustrations also neatly help explain how Christopher's mind works in a way that really supplements the text.This is a book that I would have for children in KS2, years 5 or 6. It would be an interesting story for them to read, but also a great way for them to understand the issues that children with autism face. I would have this for children to read independently, where I would listen to them read to assess their reading levels and their understanding of the text.

  • Nick K
    2018-11-13 17:34

    A very moving piece of theater. The author gives the director complete control by not writing ANY stage directions. Although, if the play doesn't move quickly and with electric energy, it could be a little too heavy. I LOVED the novel and the play does it more than justice!!

  • Michelle
    2018-12-07 19:19

    very good read. quite different. enjoyable.

  • Luisa
    2018-11-26 19:15

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Haddon is definitely a challenge for most middle school students. It was on Bubba's (my son's) summer reading list for incoming Libertyville High School freshmen. This book is told from the point of view of an autistic teenager living in England. His name is Chris, and in the opening pages of the novel he finds his neighbor's standard poodle dead in her yard with a pitchfork pinning him to the turf. Chris decided he must, like Sherlock Holmes, unravel the mystery. He loves math and puzzles and sees this as a puzzle. This type of investigation is rather difficult for someone who is easily overwhelmed and curls into a ball groaning to help himself feel secure. He can't stand to be touched by anyone including his father. Chris doesn't trust strangers and brandishes his Swiss Army knife when he feels threatened. Reading from his first person point of view helps to make this a fascinating read. Chris ends up learning much more than who murdered Winston over the course of this novel.

  • Primo Flores
    2018-11-21 18:13

    Do you know what's worst than reading a shitty book?, Reading the stage adaptation of it, I fucking hate plays (or screenplays), man, It's like watching musicals. The only reason I read this is cause my reading list said I needed to read a play, and silly me decided that good ol' Shakespear was to mainstream and decided to go for something more modern, holy shit was I tested, but you know, choices, they always teach you something. The premise of this one is okay I guess, kid with autism finds out his neighbor's dog is murdered and he wants to find out who did it, so you "see" all the investigation through this kid's eyes, tying loose ends before he does, so yeah, that's cool.What is not cool is the characters, they are the most cliched bunch ever, the autism was so overdone I started picturing the boy as Dustin Hoffman, and then there's mom and dad, fakes!, the only character I actually liked was this punk girl that says like three lines in the whole book irrelevant to the story.So there you go, if you like psychology, Rainman, and reading screenplays you might like this.

  • Kiara
    2018-11-24 17:12

    Well this I hadn't given much thought about autism until now, Christopher the main character is so endearing and Haddon almost made me feel he wants people who have some kind of disability should be more accepted into society and possibly in the theatre! but anyway the style is very Brectian which at first confuses you slightly! (At first I thought Siobhan was an imaginary friend) but she can be interpreted as anything which is great! I haven't read the book version of this yet but I definitely will! I love performing this in AS but sometimes don't feel I do Christopher justice its also based in Swindon which is funny!

  • Julie Mestdagh
    2018-11-29 16:32

    A book so well written I couldn't put it down and read it all at once. Great story, told from the perspective of a 15 year old autistic kid whose life depends on logic and structures. Never thought a book in which the chapters aren't numbered 1,2, 3 but by prime numbers and in which they say economists aren't real scientists would be able to capture my attention so intensively. Well written. Funny and sad. Surprisingly fresh. Makes you look at human behaviour from a whole different perspective. Loved it. 4 stars, not 5 because well… the mystery part of the book isn't that mysterious after all.

  • Travis Handcock
    2018-12-11 18:34

    I only got to see 40 minutes of this show before the roof of the Apollo came down on us, but I desperately want to go back and see it in its entirety.It is so well written and so true to the original novel by Mark Haddon. I love the way Simon Stephens has adapted it, to leave so much freedom for direction and the actors.I always put a memorable quote here and I guess there is nothing more memorable than the last line I remember before the roof came down. I have a feeling we were further in than this, but the shock means that this is the last line I remember being performed."Come on Christopher, touch my hand." - Judy