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The London production of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg)
The London production of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg)
The London production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg)

With live screenings of West End productions showing in American cinemas and Broadway subsisting on a steady diet of British imports, U.K. theater is easier than ever to watch on the U.S. side of the pond. This Wednesday (September 17), National Theatre Live and the minds behinds the Broadway production The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time joined us via MindtheGap_BBCA on Twitter for a #MindTheChat on this very topic.

Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and theater producer Tim Levy linked up with us to answer questions about their involvement in Curious Incident, the Olivier-winning National Theatre stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s international best-selling novel. The play is currently in previews on Broadway.

Curious Incident is a story of trust surrounding an autistic teenager, Christopher Boone (Alexander Sharp), who discovers his neighbor’s dog murdered and unveils some long-hidden family secrets as he embarks to unmask the killer.

Meanwhile, National Theatre Live, launched in June 2009, is the National Theatre’s incredible live broadcasting project through which London theater is brought to cinemas worldwide. NTL most recently debuted the stage adaptation of Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), and Vanessa Kirby (About Time, Great Expectations), on September 16.

National Theatre Live revealed the classics they wish they had screened and the plays they hope will one day cross the pond:

They even shared a photo of the most glamorous getup in the National Theatre wardrobe department!


Stephens then took the stage to share his love of New York City and America:

And his future endeavors:

Stephens followed up by mentioning he is also working with songwriter Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) on a monologue directed in Sao Paulo by Belgian theater director Ivo Van Hove.

Stephens furthered his advice, adding that one should “read a play every day. Classics and new plays. Get work on even in tiny pub theatres. Worry about work not career.”

He responded on the receptivity of families and added that the play is an opportunity to bond:


Tim Levy briefly piped in to talk about the differences between NYC and London and his appetite to open people up to Curious Incident:


Curious Incident officially opens on Broadway October 5. Check out the preview here!

Join @MindTheGap_BBCA on Twitter every Wednesday from 2 to 3 pm ET for a Q&A using hashtag #MindTheChat.

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By Helen Donahue