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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

after a novel by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

after a novel by Mark Haddon

Translation: Andrei Marinescu
Bobi Pricop
Simon Stephens
Adrian Damian
Liliana Cenean
Alexei Turcan
Dan Adrian Ionescu, Mizdan
Lighting design:
Andrei Florea
Technical Director:
Silviu Negulete, Paul Tănase

Premiere: 03.02.2016

Duration: 1 h 40 min / Pause: No


40 lei

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

Christopher does not dream. He calculates, analyses, weighs, measures, observes and perceives life through the unpoetic filtres of logic. He is a special teenager, aged 15, suffering from the Asperger syndrome, defining himself as a „mathematician with some kind of behavioural difficulties”. A Sherlock Holmes as a child, knowing that killing the dog Wellington with a garden fork is the mystery which only his little grey matter can solve.

Thus commences the adventure of the boy who cannot lie, among the communication artifices used by the adults around him, among preconceptions and metaphor-lies. In the process he not only discovers what happened to Wellington, but also what kind of bizarre events his parents, his neighbours, as well as other victims of past wounds have experienced in their midlife.

The performance by Bobi Pricop, oscillating with lucid sensibility between comedy and drama, has a different speed from daily life: it is the mind-boggling speed of an intellect captive in a reality stuck inside its own boundaries.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a performative show, in which the world-scenery built by Adrian Damian, made of mirrors, distances and perceptions, is composed and decomposed in order to face us with ourselves and with our frail certainties.

The multimedia enactment, with video proiections redefining the spatiality and music of the world in movement, is a challenging sensory odyssey on the edge of normality, between puns and the need for clarity. And emotion is the main special effect.

The questions stay open, at the end of the story: What does it mean to be different and why our spontaneous nature, however awry, must be regarded as a norm?

The show is based upon the adaptation signed by the British playwright Simon Stephens, after the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, sold in over 6 million copies worldwide and distinguished with 17 prestigious literary awards.

The world premiere of the show took place at the London National Theatre in 2012, and now it is performed on Broadway, achieving great audience and critical acclaim.

Translated by Simona Nichiteanu


Photo Florin Ghioca


"This show induces wonder and thrill. Everything is beyond any canons and the theatrical innovation intentions practiced in all sorts of experiments, starting from the text up to its enactment".

Ileana Lucaciu, Spectator – Fascinating Demonstration of Theatrical Innovation    

"The story is narrated, like in literature, and acted in dialogue mode, as in theatre, in balanced cadences, with cinematically delivered events, in gradual dramatic, visual and acoustic waves. It conquers you after the first minutes, it throws you emotionally off balance and keeps you positively surprised until the very last minute, up to the happy end".

Oltiţa Cîntec, Observator cultural - Conjuncţia magică  

"The greatest bet was, obviously, choosing Christopher’s impersonator. For this extremely complex part, Ciprian Nicula was chosen, whom his professor, Miklos Bacs, calls “a theatrical miracle”. He is an incredible combination of force and frailty, childishness and maturity, naïveté and intelligence (...) so that Bobi Pricop’s bet was a winning one".

Gabi Lupu, România Liberă – On the Geometry of the Soul   

"It is, undoubtedly, a top production. From every point of view. (...) Ciprian Nicula knows how to express with his eyes ideas, feelings and sensations. (...) Emilian Oprea must interpret a whole range of characters. He invests all of them with life and honesty, proving, beyond the force of talent, a remarkable sense of proportion (...)

Very good show, keeping you on the edge of your seat and creating the sensation that an hour and a half are compressed into 10 minutes ".

Gabriela Hurezean, Muses and Arms – The Dead Dog, the Autistic Child, the Troubled Waters of the Mind    

"Bobi Pricop’s production (director known for shows like Against Progress or Illusions) exquisitely combines the touch of humour with drama, the way they blend in the novel as well and creates the visually most beautiful show on the stage of contemporary Romanian theatre (...).    

Ciprian Nicula, Emilian Oprea, Ana Ciontea, Carmen Ungureanu and Rodica Ionescu, remarkable through their versatility with which they play multiple parts. (...) A sensational show on a visual level".

Silvia Dumitrache, Bookaholic – A Happy Incident – about „The Curious Incident with a Dog in the Night-Time”, NTB   

"Emilian Oprea shines, protean in portraying the male models, positive and negative, from Cristopher’s life. But the nucleus of the show is Ciprian Nicula, the young actor from Râmnicu Vâlcea, building a Christopher on the edge between vulnerability and force, both frail and strong, mentally and emotionally (...).Bobi Pricop’s show is a wonderful technological architecture, through which emotion is uncovered ".

Oana Stoica, Dilema Veche – A Few Rules of Chaos


"A show about otherness, but also about tolerance. About what it is like to be different, not of one’s own accord, but because of a genetic accident. About what it is like to dream against the opinion of those believing you are not capable of that, because you have the mere dimension of the concrete and even that one limited. About what it is like to effortlessly make intricate multiplications, but without knowing, to most people’s astonishment, what a railway station, a metro station or a credit card resemble. About what it is like to be human, although often, very often one has the tendency to delimit oneself from people".

Mircea Morariu, Adevărul – Concentrated Emotions


"...the Bucharest debut of the actor has raised the audience of the National Theatre’s Painting Hall to its feet and was greeted in the end with standing ovations by the spectators conquered by the honesty and charm of the performance, by the artistic truth of the life moments exposed on stage by this young man, well supported by his partners, Emilian Oprea, from the „Maria Filotti” Theatre of Brăila, Ana Ciontea, Carmen Ungureanu and Rodica Ionescu.


There is in the composition, gesture, movements of the actors the proof of an extraordinary, incandescent sensibility, like a seismograph quickly registering all inner states, the whole intimate mechanism of the hero’s relationship to the others..."


Ion Parhon, Radio Theatre Magazine – A Fabulous Debut   



2017 – Best Show Award, EXCELSIOR TEEN-FEST Festival

2017 – Drama Award, for director Bobi Pricop and the team of the show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, at the Radio Romania Cultural Awards Gala, 17th edition.

2017 – UNITER nomination for Best Director (Bobi Pricop)

2017 – UNITER nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Part (Ciprian Nicula)

2016 – Best Show Award, International Theatre Festival, Oradea

2016 – Best Actor Award - Ciprian Nicula - International Theatre Festival, Oradea

2016 – Best Director Award - International Theatre Festival, Oradea

2016 – Nomination for Best Scenographer (Adrian Damian), International Theatre Festival, Oradea

2016 – Nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Part (Ana Ciontea), International Theatre Festival, Oradea


Festivals & Tours


2016 – National Theatre Festival, 26th edition

2016 – International Theatre Festival of Oradea

2016 – International Youth Theatre Festival Iași


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