Plays by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Fifteen year-old Christopher has a mystery to solve. Someone has killed the next-door neighbour’s dog with a garden fork and Christopher is a suspect. Determined to discover who killed Wellington and going against his father’s wishes, Christopher begins an investigation into the dog’s murder, asking questions, and recording his findings in a book. Though he has never previously ventured alone beyond the end of his street, Christopher’s detective work ends up taking him on a frightening journey that tears apart his once-familiar world.

Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous story.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was originally produced in the Cottesloe at the National Theatre, London, on 24 July 2012. Phenomenally successful, it transferred to the West End, garnering great commercial success and critical acclaim, including a record-equalling seven Olivier awards.

Polar Bears

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Polar Bears is a captivating play exploring non-linear structures, philosophy and love. It follows the relationship between Kay – who has bipolar disorder – her family and her philosopher husband John.

Through a discontinuous series of scenes, we see the relationship between Kay and John develop and founder; she becomes lost to another world, a world in which John does not belong. Balancing humour with extraordinary pathos, this is a story of Nietzsche, Jesus, children’s books about monsters, and the pain of loving someone you can never really know.

Polar Bears is thought-provoking and intelligent, and refuses to offer any easy answers about those involved in mental instability. The play was first performed in 2010 at the Donmar Warehouse, London.

Picture of Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon's work as an author includes A Spot of Bother, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Real Porky Philips, Agent Z and Titch Johnson - Almost World Champion. His work for television includes Coming Down the Mountain, Fungus the Bogeyman and Microsoap. Polar Bears (2010) was Mark Haddon's first work for the theatre. He has previously received a Special Screenwriter's Award for Contribution to Children's Television from BAFTA.