The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 12+
by Mark Haddon adpated for the stage by Simon Stephens
Christopher Boone is fifteen years and three months and two days old. He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and all of the prime numbers up to 7507. He lives with his single father in the small town of Swindon in England. He cannot lie, and he hates the colour yellow. When he sees many red cars, these are super good days for him. He loves the Sherlock Holmes stories, is a genius in mathematics, and knows all the theories on the development and the disintegration of the universe. What he does not know is how to use the subway, and he has never left the confines of his neighbourhood. He lovingly cares for his rat Toby, but he is afraid of human contact. Christopher Boone has Asperger’s, a form of autism.
When one day Christopher finds Wellington, the neighbour’s dog, stabbed with a pitchfork in the garden, he wants to find out who the perpetrator was and begins to write a book about his investigations. But in his search for the "murderer" he uncovers secrets of his own family history. When he finds letters addressed to him by his supposedly dead mother in his father’s bedroom, he embarks on an adventurous trip to London to find her...
»The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time« is a poetical and humorous rendering of complicated modern family relationships and a special boy who rises above himself and finally learns to look positively into the future.
Mark Haddon’s »The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time« is an international bestseller which has already achieved cult status in Germany. The congenial stage adaptation by playwright Simon Stephens premiered in London to great acclaim. Stephens is one of the most important contemporary playwrights in Europe and was repeatedly elected foreign playwright of the year by the German theatre journal “Theater heute”.
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