A curious tale hits the stage

Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime
Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime
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The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time comes to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from March 30-April 11 and tickets are now on sale.

Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel received seven Olivier Awards in 2013 including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

It also won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre and has been seen by over 200,000 people during its run in the West End.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the National Theatre’s record-breaking production of War Horse which is now in its sixth year in the West End.

Christopher, 15 years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion.

He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.

He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers.

But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003. 

It was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland and Italy as well as the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004, and was translated into 44 languages. 

A Spot of Bother, published in 2006, was also an international bestseller. As well as writing fiction, Mark Haddon’s first work for the theatre, Polar Bears, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse in 2010. 

He has written 15 books for children, published a first collection of poetry in 2005 and is an illustrator and award-winning screenwriter.

Tickets to see the play l are £15.50-£32.50 plus concessions. Call the box office on 0115 989 5555.

n New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends Saxon recently announced Warriors of The Road, a 38-date European tour, celebrating their 35th anniversary.

This will include a gig at Nottingham’s Rock City on December 10.

The set list will feature tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather. Support will come from HELL and Stormzone.

35 years, 20 albums, countless live shows and still no sign of slowing down: Saxon prove to be a force to be reckoned with and something every rock fan in the world should witness.

Come see for yourself and take a dive into metal history.

Saxon formed in Barnsley in 1976.

To date they have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and released 26 albums including Wheels of Steel, which hit number five in 1980.

They have had eight top 20 UK albums.

The ticket price is £26 (subject to booking fee). Call 0845 413 4444.

n Virtuosic trumpet star Alison Balsom will be performing in a special concert at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Friday, October 3.

Titled The Trumpet Sings, it will feature the acclaimed British musician performing as part of her first solo tour of the UK.

Alison has spent the last decade perfecting her extraordinary talent, travelling around the world, performing in many different countries and becoming a firm favourite with audiences everywhere.

This time, the multiple award winner will be presenting an eclectic evening of music featuring her own band of acclaimed musicians.

Exepect an evening of real virtuosity and some much loved works from Handel to Gershwin, from Purcell to Piazzolla.

Tickets are £19.50-£32.50 and are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.