National Theatre Live (NT Live), which the Royal National Theatre first unveiled in 2009, is a program that films the most popular plays of England and the United States and playing it at performance theatres and movie theaters around the world. In Korea, the National Theatre of Korea introduced this for the first time in March 2014 and screened a total of 18 works to this day. For the three performances scheduled for February, audiences can choose from comedy, economics and history, and best sellers of England and the US. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ which were selected as the plays to show in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Royal National Theatre NT Live, were introduced for the first time in Korea and it will also show the ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ which was selected as the number one play that the audiences of the NT Live wanted to see again from the survey conducted in March 2019.
Selected as the No.1 work that NT Live audiences want to see again
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is a story about a 15-year old boy Christopher who is suspected to be the culprit of killing the neighbor’s dog and then decides to use his special talents to find the true criminal. This work is based on the novel by Mark Haddon published in 2003 which received 17 literary awards including the greatest literature award of England, the Whitbread Award, selling over 4 million copies in 40 countries around the world. In Korea, the book has been popular since its release in 2004.
The play, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ expressed the psychology of the main character only through the stage, videos, and the movements and acting of actors, maximizing the imagination of the audiences. The play is produced as if the audiences are peering into the head of the main character, pulling the audiences into the play. The witty directing of Marianne Elliott who directed ‘War Horse’ and ‘Angels in America’ especially stands out.
If ever there was a perfect theatrical marriage of performance and effect, this is it. - The Times
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was first introduced at NT Live of the National Theater of Korea in 2018, and due to immediate sold out, it had to add extra screenings. It is coming back again this season, as the audience voted as the number 1 pick for the encore screening at the NT Live survey conducted earlier this year. It is a version taken at the National Theatre in London, so the stage is not as spectacular as the West End version, but it’s intriguing to see how Marianne Elliott astonishes the audience with her witty and eloquent stage. Based on Mark Haddon’s same title best seller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time premiered in the UK in 2012, then won seven Laurence Olivier Awards in 2013 and five Tony Awards in 2015.
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