West End playwright has gran in audience for homecoming night
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