We’re busy making the final arrangements for tonight’s fundraising event in aid of The National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism.
Actor Luke Treadaway, who recently won the Best Actor Olivier Award for his role in a stage version of the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has joined forces with director Katy Rudd to produce the one-off fundraising gala called A Curious Night at the Theatre.
The event is taking place at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of the original novel, have written a brand new detective story especially for tonight which will feature Luke Treadaway as Christopher Boone, the central character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The story features actor Jude Law, and the plot takes the original tale in an exciting new direction: a typical day for Christopher John Francis Boone is interrupted in the most unlikely way possible. His regular game of Tetris is invaded by Doctor Who. He is sent on a mission to do combat with the dreaded Moriarty, who is in pursuit of a dreaded Metaphor Virus. When he needs help he turns to the Queen. She allows him access to the much sought-after brain of Q - and his unlikely supply teacher for the week becomes a reluctant but brilliantly helpful sidekick.
The story will be told through a mix of live theatre and video, with filmed performances by Dame Helen Mirren, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Sherlock’s Andrew Scott and James Bond’s Ben Whishaw.
The cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be joined by a stellar line-up of guests including singer-songwriter Bat for Lashes, the all-female vocal group The Boxettes, comedian Simon Amstell, pianist Derek Paravicini who is blind, has autism and severe learning difficulties, and is renowned as one of the most extraordinary musical entertainers of his generation, and pop singer and songwriter James Christy. James was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was six years old and ‘discovered’ at the age of 14 by his music teacher. He now performs all over the UK with The James Christy Band.
Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, the gala will feature a live on-stage auction with prizes including:
- tea at The Ritz with Matt Smith
- a Burberry experience
- a walk-on role in the internationally acclaimed production of War Horse at the New London Theatre
- access to rehearsals for Tori Amos’ new musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre
- a Moët & Chandon package
- exclusive access to the world of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This package includes original drawings of the Curious set by award-winning designer Bunny Christie, taking part in the cast warm-up and a chance to watch the show through headsets with the deputy stage manager.
All proceeds will be split between The National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism.
Tickets are almost sold out, but the remaining few are available online.
You can also make a donation to The National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism online or by phoning 08450 509 001.