By Simon Stephens | Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, referencing a Sherlock Holmes’ short story. It opened in 2014, and won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics’ Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows is a funny, poignant and fascinating portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.