On Saturday 13 January we opened Season 2018 with one of the most anticipated productions in years – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This outstanding production has broken Melbourne Theatre Company records and become our highest selling show in 20 years with 45,000 audience members attending. This included 749 who were able to attend on a $5 ticket through the Sharing the Light program.
After premiering at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in August 2012, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time transferred to the West End in 2013. MTC’s Artistic Director Brett Sheehy was amongst the first to see the play in its new home. Captivated by the production, Sheehy says it was a combination of the play’s innovative set, lighting and sound design; choreographed movement; and heroic story of Christopher Boone that set this show apart.
‘When I first saw Curious Incident I was blown away by the incredible fusion of technology and storytelling. It’s truly a show for everyone – there’s adventure, mystery, wonder and curiosity. It lets us in on another’s perspective of the world, reminding audiences to be understanding and accepting of difference, and that it is this difference that enriches humanity. I was transfixed. I immediately knew it was a show that Melbourne had to see.’
That same year, Curious Incident won seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, and would later go on to win five Tony Awards, including Best Play, for its Broadway debut.
Five years on, Melbourne Theatre Company – in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne – secured the exclusive Australian premiere of this acclaimed production that has enchanted audiences around the world. It is thanks to the generous support of our donors over many years that enabled MTC to share this production with our audiences. Sheehy explained, ‘Taking any production on tour is very complex, and an international tour even more so. It has taken over four years of planning and negotiation by the team at MTC to get this unique production to Melbourne. There were so many stars that needed to align, and they finally have – in time for Curious Incident to open MTC’s 2018 Season.’
Kash Bennett, National Theatre Productions Producer says, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time company have had a fantastic time in Melbourne, we’re so grateful to MTC and Arts Centre Melbourne for hosting us. All at the National Theatre are thrilled to have been a part of the city’s thriving and exciting arts scene this year. It has been a privilege to share the show with Melbourne audiences, and we’re delighted with the way they have taken Christopher Boone and his extraordinary story to their hearts.’
We hope you will feel proud to celebrate the success of this production that you helped to bring to Melbourne.
Some fun facts about the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
• There are around 373 lighting cues.
• There are two kilometers of LEDs.
• There are a total of 1,136,275 squares in the floor of the set.
• Curious uses three pieces of chalk for every performance and there are always two pieces on standby for each performance.
• As of December 2017, Curious Incident has played over 3000 performances and been seen by over 3 million people worldwide.
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