23 June to 4 July 2015
Reviewed by Helen Warner
Last night we were at the Mayflower Theatre to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The Mayflower is in the centre of Southampton, so it ideally placed for arriving by train, there is plenty of parking nearby for drivers too. It’s a great place to make a whole evening out and going for a meal beforehand. The Mayflower has its own restaurant called The Ovation, I haven’t tried it but it looks great.
When we arrived at the theatre we walked in and it was bright and welcoming, we collected our tickets which was a fast and easy process. Staff members were helpful and friendly showing us which was we needed to go. We were early so we headed to the bar, it’s a fairly small but well stocked bar. I think it could have done with an extra member of staff to make sure everyone is served in time for the performance. The bell rings when it is time to take your seats which is a handy reminder.
Taking our seats in the stalls we had a great view of the stage. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is about a teenage boy, Christopher Boone, going about his life, Christopher has Asperger Syndrome. It follows him whilst he investigates the killing of his neighbour’s dog, this leads to a network of further investigations. Christopher struggles with interactions with people at times which lands him in trouble with the police. He has an amazing talent for maths and building train sets!
The actor plays Christopher fantastically well, endearing himself to the audience and playing a convincing role. He had the audience captivated, earning himself a standing ovation. There was the right amount of humour, emotion and intrigue in this play and have already told everyone I know to go and see it. At one point the scene was so emotional, you could have heard a pin drop. It’s a show not to be missed and one that I could happily watch again. The addition of a gorgeous puppy was a lovely touch. I have read the novel and this show brings it to life perfectly, very often the book cannot be replicated to such a high standard but this is not the case here.
The set on this show was absolutely fantastic, so unique and I haven’t seen anything quite like it before. Stunning effects were created and the special effects people worked in complete sync with the actors.
There wasn’t a fault to be seen, all the actors worked well together with great chemistry to bring a convincing show, especially Christopher and his teacher.
I can certainly see why the show was the winner of 7 Olivier awards in 2013.
Another great night out at the Mayflower.
Tickets cost from £16.50 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 4 July 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811