The National Theatre’s hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is to move to the Gielgud Theatre following the roof collapse of the Apollo Theatre.
Performances for the show had originally been suspended until 13 January 2014, but Nimax Theatres, the owner of the Apollo Theatre, is having to spend more time on repairing the venue.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will now continue its London run at the Gielgud Theatre, starting on 24 June 2014.
Performances had been halted at the Apollo Theatre following the collapse of the ceiling at the venue on 19 December 2013. Nearly 80 people were injured in the incident.
Correlation between sound effect and roof collapse
In a carefully worded statement from the National’s executive director Nick Starr he said: “We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March. It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future.”
He told the Guardian today that “Our own experts have reported that there is such strong correlation between one particular thunderclap and the ceiling collapse that it would be too co-incidental for them not to be causally linked.”
Nica Burns “blindsided” by decision
Nica Burns, CEO of Nimax Theatres, was said to be “blindsided” by the National’s decision to pull the show from the theatre. She said in a statement that: “This was and is a deeply upsetting incident for everyone. We are sorry to lose such a wonderful production and wish it well.”
People who hold tickets to cancelled performances will get priority a week before booking opens to the general public on 17 January 2014, and will be contacted by their original ticket provider and refunded or rebooked.
The cast are still contracted to the production and in February will be holding free performances of the show for schools and young people in a rehearsal room format.
The Encore cinema screening of the show, which was filmed at the Cottesloe Theatre at the National, will still go ahead as planned on 22 May 2014.
Play to open on Broadway
The National Theatre has also announced that the show will go to Broadway, opening at the Barrymore Theater in New York in October.