The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens’ stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, has announced the cast for its Broadway run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Preview performances will begin Sept. 15 in advance of an Oct. 5 opening.
Juilliard graduate Alexander Sharp will make his Broadway debut as Christopher, a teenage boy who discovers that his neighbor’s dog has been murdered, sending him down a path of discovery. Other cast members include Ian Barford (August: Osage County) as Ed, Tony nominee Helen Carey (London Assurance) as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany (The 39 Steps) as Siobhan and Enid Graham (The Constant Wife) as Judy. The ensemble includes Jocelyn Bioh (An Octoroon at Soho Rep), Mercedes Herrero (The Laramie Project and its sequel), Richard Hollis (Hit-Lit at Queens Theatre), Ben Horner (War Horse) and David Manis (War Horse). Taylor Trensch (Matilda the Musical) will play Christopher at certain performances.
Directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), the play transferred to London’s West End after a hit run at the Royal National Theatre in 2012 and won seven Olivier Awards including Best Play. Elliott directs the Broadway production with this American cast. The National Theatre production has been broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of the company’s NT Live series.
The story focuses on Christopher, a 15-year-old math genius who has problems with daily social interaction. When he is suspected of killing a neighbor’s dog, he launches an investigation which takes him on a frightening, life-changing journey. The Independent raved, “This is a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colours and lights.”