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10 Joseph Ayre (Christopher) and the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photos Brinkhoff & Moegenburg. FINAL FOUR WEEKS FOR NATIONAL THEATRE’S CURIOUS INCIDENT The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now in its final four weeks, with a last performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London on Saturday 3 June. To celebrate its five years in London and the final week of performances in the West End, the National Theatre is hosting a special platform with the original creative team, including director Marianne Elliott, author Mark Haddon and playwright Simon Stephens. A Final Farewell to the West End takes place on Thursday 1 June at 17.15, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre and will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar. The Olivier and Tony Award®winning play was adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott. It is the recipient of seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. By 3 June, Curious Incident will have played almost 1,500 performances in London and been seen by over 1 million people, and almost 2 and a half million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014. The show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths while illequipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Curious Incident is currently on its second tour of the UK and Ireland (now in Sheffield and touring in the UK until 16 September) and a major North American tour continues throughout 2017. Further international dates include a run at the Carré Theatre in Amsterdam from 20 September to 1 October 2017 and the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto from 10 October to 19 November. Producer Kash Bennett said: ‘We are so proud of this production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time which has enthralled London audiences since it first opened over five years ago and we are overjoyed that the show continues its extraordinary journey as it travels around the UK, Ireland, North America and beyond.’ ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SCHOOL OF ROCK CAST CHANGE Having played the role of alternate Dewey since the London premiere of School of Rock, Gary Trainor, will lead the cast as Dewey Finn from 17 May. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the record breaking West End production opened to rave reviews in November 2016, and last month the show’s ‘kids’ cast were the excited recipients of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. In New York, the Broadway production, now in its second year, continues to play to packed houses at the Winter Garden Theater. Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock – The Musical follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A 10 year old students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band! Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders’ musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock? Box Office telephone 0844 811 0052. Photo: Tristram Kenton. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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