The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Review
A remarkable stage adaptation of the beloved novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a visual feast of theatre, with superb work from all the actors including Sherlock’s Una Stubbs. Read on for our review, as well as an exclusive photo of Una from after the performance.
“Some people say to me, ‘Oh, did they tell you to play Mrs Hudson like that?’ Well, no, I just came up with it. I was given the script and I got on with it. I just saw her more like a mother figure to these two boys. There’s so much nastiness going on [in the series] that maybe to introduce something a little nicer is a good thing.”
Can she see why Benedict Cumberbatch has become a sex symbol? “Yes, I can because he’s just so unusual. He’s joli laid. One minute, you think [she breaks off and does a little moue of distaste], but then the next minute you think, ‘Oh, you’re so gorgeous.’”
A riot of performance, staging, music and sound, Danny Boyle’s National Theatre production of Frankenstein deserves all the plaudits and awards it has received since its debut at The Olivier in London over a year ago. The play holds a special place in our hearts on a personal level. As well as a review, this article also contains an examination and comparison of the original stage performance and the NT Live encore recording of the play. Please note we’ll be talking some spoilers too.
Earlier today in London, the Open City Docs Fest at University College London played host to the first public screening of ‘Frankenstein: A Modern Myth’, a documentary that examines the legacy of the original story by Mary Shelley, viewed through the prism of last year’s celebrated production at The National Theatre starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.
UK: Public booking for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time with Una Stubbs is now open at National Theatre.
Description fromAmazon The title The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (or the curious incident of the dog in the night-time as it appears within the book) is an appropriate one for Mark Haddon’s ingenious novel both because of its reference to that most obsessive and fact-obsessed of detectives, Sherlock Holmes, and because its lower-case letters indicate something important about its narrator.
Christopher is an intelligent youth who lives in the functional hinterland of autism—every day is an investigation for him because of all the aspects of human life that he does not quite get. When the dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher becomes quietly persistent in his desire to find out what has happened and tugs away at the world around him until a lot of secrets unravel messily.
Channel 4 in the UK has announced the long awaited documentary featuring the Olivier Award winning production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth will screen at some point this summer. Further information as and when we get it.
From Boris Karloff to Mel Brooks - Frankenstein has fired the imagination of generations of artists who have created their own interpretation of this Gothic masterpiece. Written by a 19-year-old girl nearly 200 years ago, this was the first and greatest myth of the modern scientific age.
Mary Shelley began writing her novel in Geneva, where she went to escape the judgmental gaze of British society with her lover, Percy Shelley (a married man), her half-sister Clare and Clare’s lover, the notorious poet, Lord Byron. Living a life of subversive glamour, they were the rock stars of the 1800s.
Shut up indoors during the wettest summer on record, Lord Byron suggested they each try to write a ghost story. Unable to begin, Mary panicked at first, but then in a waking dream she had the vision for her novel. Frankenstein - published anonymously in 1818 when she was just 21 - has gone on to inspire its own popular genre of horror movies, punk rock, and theatre productions.
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth looks at some of these depictions, including Danny Boyle’s sell-out hit at the National Theatre. The film has exclusive access to rehearsals and interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller - who alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature - and with Danny Boyle. It also features cult film director John Waters: “I’m sympathetic to monsters, and this was the first one I came across as a child”.
Full information on booking dates and performances for the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, which will feature Sherlock’s Una Stubbs.
As you can see from the plot description, the narrative has plenty to catch the attention of a Sherlock Holmes fan…
Emperor and Galilean – Madness, Mayhem, and Moriarty
Team Sherlockology are certainly packing in our theatre these days. On Friday July 1st two of our number headed to the National Theatre Olivier to see a performance of Emperor and Galilean. Our principle interest of course was Andrew Scott – Jim Moriarty in Sherlock – in the lead role. It was our second time at the Olivier this year, having previously seen Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein there with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller – Cumberbatch as Frankenstein and Miller as the monster, if you were wondering, since we weren’t in existence when we saw the performance and were thus unable to review it. In a nice moment, when we entered and seated ourselves, the ringing of bells as the audience assembled reminded us hugely of Boyle’s play – although they were not as jump inducing, it must be said.