About the showMark Haddon's book became popular back in 2003 as a mystery story for young people. The book went on to win the Whitbread Book Award for Best Novel and Book of the Year along with the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The stage adaptation by Simon Stephens received its world premiere at the National Theatre in London in August 2012 where it was directed by Marianne Elliott and went on to win wide critical and popular acclaim.
Christopher, a fifteen year old boy discovers the body of Mrs Shears' dead dog, a couple of minutes after midnight. He becomes a suspect in the crime and begins to record each fact of the case in order to help him solve the curious mystery. Whilst Christopher struggles to find his way in life, he is blessed with an exceptional brain for statistics and figures, and as he begins on his detective work he enters into a frightening journey that turns the world as he knows it on its head.
Featuring an original soundtrack by Adrian Sutton, movement by Frantic Assembly and a stunning design by Bunny Christie, this was one of the Southbank venue's biggest hits of 2012. Don't miss out on this fantastic West End transfer now playing at the Gielgud Theatre.
Who Should See It?The play is suitable for children over the age of 13.
AwardsLaurence Olivier Awards 2013: Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor (Luke Treadaway), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicola Walker), Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design.
Tony Awards 2015: Best Play, Best Direction, Best Actor (Alex Sharp), Best Lighting, Best Design.