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Curiouser and Curiouser: Dukes beams in Haddon play

John Freeman

(Updated) An award-winning novel adapted for the National Theatre stage will be screened live in to The Dukes cinema next week, on Thursday 6th September - and demand is so high the event is sold out and encore performances have been organised.

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time is a richly theatrical exploration of the wonderfully touching and bleakly humorous novel by Mark Haddon.

Featuring Niamh Cusack, this play focuses on 15-year-old Christopher who comes under suspicion after he’s found standing by Mrs Shears’ dead dog who has been speared with a garden fork.

Mark Haddon’s novel was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003, and has now sold over 2 million copies around the world. Marianne Elliott co-directed the globally successful stage production of War Horse for the National, for which she won a Tony Award in 2011. Simon Stephens, twice Best Foreign Playwright of the Year, is the author of many original plays and adaptations, including Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World, both directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre.

Now in its fourth season, National Theatre Live gives audiences a unique chance to see the best of British theatre broadcast live by satellite in to their local cinema.

The Dukes has been screening NT Live performances since they began and all have proved popular so advance booking is recommended.

The 6th September broadcast is now sold out but recorded encore screenings of this broadcast will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September. Information on which can be found here.

• Tickets cost  £13/£12(concessions). Seating is allocated and can be booked at The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or online at