Monday, July 01, 2013

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre

We both loved the book - but how on earth do you translate that to a theatrical performance:

Meal beforehand was at the 2 Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The food and service were exemplary. Reading the reviews on TripAdvisor it seems like there is more variability in service and food than one would expect from 2* but we were luckily in the majority.

As for the play, deservedly the winner of a record breaking 7 Olivier Awards 2013 - including Best Play.

The Londonist review: Original star Luke Treadaway is [...] spellbinding as the young wannabe detective with “behavioural problems”.

Lyn Garner at The Grauniad gives it 4 stars: The novel gets you inside Christopher's head, but the stage version does more, giving Christopher's internal response to the world an external manifestation. That world is often a surreal and scary place, but oddly beautiful and bizarre, too: I'll never look at a Battenberg cake in the same way again.

Great book well adapted for the stage: theatrical in a good way. Not just delivering the book but adding that magic that only live theatre can deliver.

Another grand night out.

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