Two National Theatre Shows Extend in the West End
Currently, some of the capital’s best received plays are transfers from the National Theatre, with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; One Man, Two Guvnors and War Horse all receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. With that in mind it will come as no surprise that the former two shows have extended their booking periods well into 2014.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time opened its doors at the Apollo Theatre in March, following a run at the Cottesloe National Theatre in 2012, and has become one of the most talked-about shows in town. At last month’s Laurence Olivier Awards it picked up seven awards, including Best New Play and Best Actor for Luke Treadaway, and had already been granted a booking extension to January prior to the current announcement.
The play focuses on the character of Christopher, a teenager with behavioural difficulties, who discovers the dead dog of one of his neighbours, promptly springing to action to solve the mystery of its death. But as Christopher was the one found next to the crime scene, members of the community suspect him. It is based on the novel by Mark Haddon.
The production has added a vast amount of new dates so that it is now booking at the Apollo Theatre up to Saturday 25th October 2014.
One Man, Two Guvnors, meanwhile, has been running in the West End since November 2011, firstly with James Corden in the lead role (following his run in the part at the Lyttelton National Theatre) and then with Owain Arthur when the show transferred to its current home of the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Rufus Hound currently portrays the lead role of Francis Henshall, the man whose appetite for food leads him to take employment from two criminals following his removal from a skiffle band. The only thing he has to do is make sure the two employers never find out, which is something easier said than done.
The show continues to run strong and has added new dates at the Theatre Royal Haymarket so that it is now booking to Saturday 1st March 2014.