For the past five years, the National Theatre in London has had a program called National Theatre Live, which films live performances of National Theatre plays in high definition, and makes the productions available in select cinemas around the world. In Washington, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is the venue of choice.
Last week I saw a beautiful production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was based on Mark Haddon’s novel, and adapted by Simon Stephens. The play swept the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor (Luke Treadaway–brilliant in the role), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicola Walker, late of Spooks aka MI5, Last Tango in Halifax, etc.) and three other categories.
They play’s London run was interrupted in mid-December 2013 when a portion of the theatre’s roof collapsed. Performances in London didn’t resume until June. A production will open on Broadway in September at the Barrymore Theatre.
During intermission, we discussed the differences between seeing this version and seeing the play on stage. I think the performance we saw that night might actually be the best way to experience the play–it combined the immediacy of the live performance w/the cinematic tools that let us fully appreciate the brilliant staging and choreography.
An awesome theatrical experience, and one of the high points of the year so far.