Pieter Toerien Presents
The South African Original Premiere of
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Paul Warwick-Griffin (Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Hair, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Chess, High School Musical)
Scenic & Costumes by Tina Driedijk (Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show)
Lighting Design by Gareth Hewitt Williams (Evita, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
Original Music Compositions & Soundscapes by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Rocky Horror Show, King Kong, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, High School Musical)
Starring Kai Brummer, Ashley Dowds, Jenny Stead, Lesoko Seabe, Kate Normington, Liz Szymczak, Dylan Edy, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Genna Galloway and Clayton Evertson.
Cast (In order of appearance)
Christopher Boone – Kai Brummer
Kate Normington – Mrs Shears/ Mrs Gascoyne/Voice One/ Woman On Train/Woman On Heath/ Shopkeeper
Lesoko Seabe – Siobhan/ Ensemble
Dylan Edy – Policeman One/ Voice Two/ Mr Thompson/ Rhodri/ Man Behind /Roger Man/ Drunk Two/Shopkeeper
Nicholas Ellenbogen – Duty Sergeant/ Voice Three/ Mr Wise/ Uncle Terry/ Drunk One/ London Trans Policeman/ Man On Phone
Ashley Dowds – Ed/ Ensemble
Clayton Evertson – Reverend Peters/ Voice Four/ Station Policeman/ Station Guard/ Ensemble
Genna Galloway – No.40/ Voice Five/ Lady In Street/ Information/ Punk Girl/ Ensemble
Liz Szymczak – Mrs Alexander/ Posh Woman/ Voice Six
Jenny Stead – Judy Boone
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time will be performed with one intermission.
South African Tour Dates:
September 22 – November 3, 2018 at Theatre On The Bay, Cape Town, South Africa (Ticket prices: R140 – R240)
November 7 – December 2, 2018 at Pieter Toerien’s Montescasino Theatre (Ticket prices: R100 – R240)
Bookings through Computicket.com
Or Theatre On The Bay Box-office (021) 438-3301
Or Pieter Toerien’s Montescasino Theatre Box-office (011) 511-1988
The story takes place around April 1998. The biggest part of the story takes place in Swindon, other parts take place in London and between London and Swindon.
The social background that is presented in the story is pretty average. They live in a normal house and his father is a heating engineer.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is an Olivier Award and Tony Award winning best play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon.
The story revolves around a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbour’s dog (Wellington) that is investigated by young Christopher Boone and his relationships with his parents and school mentor.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, is based on a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon.
Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Award for best novel and book of the year, the Commonwealth Writers’ prize for best first book, and the Guardian Children’s fiction prize.
Unusually, it was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children.
The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties” living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher’s condition is not stated, the book’s blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. The play reworked the source material by changing its voice and presenting the story as a play-within-a-play.
In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that “Curious Incident” is not a book about Asperger’s. It is a story about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The story is not specifically about any specific disorder”.
Mark Haddon (Book)
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time was published in 2003. It was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland, and Italy, and was translated into 44 languages. A Spot Of Bother, published in 2006, was also an international bestseller.
The Donmar Warehouse produced Mark Haddon’s first work for the theatre, Polar Bears, in 2010. He has written 15 books for children, published a first collection of poetry in 2005, and is an illustrator and award-winning screenwriter.
Simon Stephens (Playwright)
Simon Stephens’ plays have been produced in many languages throughout the world. His plays Harper Regan and Bluebird were staged in New York at the Atlantic Theater Company.
His play Punk Rock was staged by MCC. His version of A Doll’s House for The Young Vic transferred to New York in 2014.
His adaptation of Mark Maddon’s novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time ran for two years on Broadway and won the Tony Award for best new play in 2015. The West End production of his play ran until June 2017 and garnered seven Olivier Awards, including best new play.
His play Heisenberg was produced by MTC. Simon is an associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court, London.
Paul Warwick Griffin (Director)
With an international career spanning some twenty years, Paul has an extensive list of credits in just about every aspect of the theatrical arena from actor to director and producer.
Paul has directed the hugely successful South African and New Zealand tours of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as Stepping Out – The Musical and Hair – The Love Rock Musical. His production of Jesus Christ Superstar has toured to Greece and South Korea (Seoul and Busan). For over 4 years, Paul was the associate director for the world tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats traveling with the production to Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Doha, Taipei, Beijing, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Athens.
Paul’s directing credits include Sunset Boulevard, Chess (which he also adapted with Sir Tim Rice), Evita and Disney’s High School Musical – Live On Stage in South Africa, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. He was also a panelist for the reality TV show High School Musical – Spotlight South Africa. Paul lives in London where his West End credits include resident director at the prestigious Old Vic theatre for Sean Mathias’ production of Aladdin, associate director for the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s production of Waiting for Godot starring Sir Ian Mckellen and Sir Patrick Stewart and associate director to Matthew Warchus for Ghost – The Musical for the West End, U.K tour, U.S tour and South Korea, and the award-winning London and Broadway productions of Groundhog Day – The Musical.
Paul is a partner in GWB Entertainment and will be collaborating this year with Pieter Toerien Productions on the smash hit production of Matilda –The Musical which opens at Johannesburg’s Teatro at Montecasino in October before transferring to Artscape’s Opera theater in December.
Charl Johan Lingenfelder (Composer)
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder is an award-winning South African performer, composer and well-known musical director who is also known as the creator of highly innovative and controversial theatrical shows. He has worked in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Athens, New Zealand, China, Taiwan and Indonesia as composer, musical director, arranger, conductor, writer and performer.
Charl has been musical director on more than 25 musicals, such as The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Funny Girl, King Kong, Evita, Hair, Sunset Boulevard, Orpheus In Africa, West Side Story And Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat for which he has received a Naledi award nomination (the production subsequently toured to Athens and Korea in 2007).
As an actor he has twice played the Emcee in Cabaret 1995 and 2015.
He is the co-writer and composer of the feature film Kanarie, which premiered at Outfest in Los Angeles in July and will premiere in South Africa in October this year. The film won the award for best feature film at Kyknet Silwerskerm Fees in August 2018.