West End play­wright has gran in au­di­ence for home­com­ing night

Stockport Times West - - STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL -

AN award-win­ning play­wright is get­ting ready for the proud­est night of his ca­reer when his 94-year-old gran will be in the au­di­ence for his new play.

Si­mon Stephens, who grew up in Heaton Moor, has adapted Mark Had­don’s best-sell­ing novel, The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The play, which has won seven pres­ti­gious Olivier Awards, is to be­gin a na­tion­wide tour at the The Lowry in Sal­ford from De­cem­ber 18 to Jan­uary 10.

The Lowry’s run of the show this Christ­mas is the first time it has been seen out­side London’s West End.

Si­mon, 43, who at­tended the for­mer Mile End Gram­mar School, said: “On the open­ing night of this play in the West End, the pro­ducer said it was to go on tour and I asked if we could take it to Manch­ester for my gran to come and see it, and he said we could start at the Lowry.

“On open­ing night I am go­ing to have 16 mem­bers of my fam­ily there and get a limo for my gran Ge­orgina Porter. It will be one of the great­est nights of my ca­reer.”

The play is di­rected by fel­low Stop­for­dian Mar­i­anne El­liott who has di­rected another of Stephen’s plays, Port, which was set in Stock­port and played at the Royal Ex­change in Manch­ester and the Na­tional The­atre in London.

Si­mon, a for­mer teacher, added: “Even if peo­ple have read the book they will get a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence from see­ing the play.”

Ju­lia Fawcett, chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Lowry, said: “Si­mon Stephens’ adap­ta­tion of Mark Had­don’s The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the most imag­i­na­tive and unique the­atri­cal adap­ta­tions of re­cent times, and we are de­lighted to be open­ing the first per­for­mance.”

Si­mon Stephens and Mark Had­don - The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time

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