London hit books a New York run as its West End incarnation moves theaters after roof collapse
London’s National Theater is going walkies all the way to Broadway with “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” the hit U.K. production that grabbed attention last month when the ceiling of its West End theater partially collapsed.
The much-lauded show, long expected for a Broadway move, will sit and stay at the Barrymore Theater this fall, with exact dates still to be set. Meanwhile, in London, the West End production — a transfer of the original National Theater staging — has announced the show will resume performances at London’s Gielgud Theater, following a nearly monthlong stoppage in the wake of the ceiling collapse at the Apollo.
The National Theater of Great Britain — the globally prominent subsidized theater that also distributes its shows via NT Live, its successful series of cinemacasts — will produce the staging on Broadway.
The production, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, swept London’s Olivier Awards last year, nabbing seven trophies including the award for new play. Marianne Elliott, co-director of “War Horse” (another National Theater production that played Broadway), helms the adaptation by Simon Stephens.
Storyline follows a teenager, with math skills and behaviorial difficulties that suggest he’s on the autism spectrum, who embarks on an investigation of the death of a neighbor’s dog and becomes caught up in a situation that turns out to be much more than he bargained for.
Bunny Christie (sets and costumes), Paule Constable (lights), Finn Ross (video), Adrian Sutton (music), Ian Dickinson (sound) and Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett (movement) also are on the creative team. The casting process for the Broadway staging will begin soon.
With “Curious Incident,” Broadway’s 2014 schedule beyond the current spring has begun to take shape. Also just announced was the summer opening of Tupac Shakur musical “Holler If You Hear Me.”