The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to the West End this Christmas.

Simon Stephens’ play, which ran at the Gielgud Theatre until last year will fill the gap left by Strictly Ballroom‘s unexpectedly short seven month run at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Strictly Ballroom‘s final performance will be on 27 October 2018 with the Curious Incident… opening on 29 November 2018.

Curious Incident… is a story about a 15-year-old boy who is exceptionally smart especially in maths but struggles to connect with people in every-day life. When he discovers the body of his neighbour’s dog, suspicion immediately falls on him, but his determination to find the killer takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The play, which is based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, was first published in 2003, and opened to the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, winning seven Olivier Awards following its transfer to the West End – a record for a play in the West End at the time.

A New York transfer followed, where it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards along the way. It recently ran on a UK-wide tour, and it is currently being staged in schools around the country.

On the show’s return, Stephens said: “I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team.

“After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again”.

Curious Incident… is directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse), whose production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company is set to open at the Gielgud, and has designs by Bunny Christie and lighting by Paule Constable.

Casting is yet to be announced.

Find tickets to Curious Incident…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is running from 29 November 2018 until 23 February 2019 at the Piccadilly Theatre, London.