Casting has been announced for the first UK tour of The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which opens at The Lowry this Christmas.

''Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
''Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The central role of Christopher will be played by Joshua Jenkins. He is joined by Geraldine Alexander as Siobhan, Chris Ashby (alternate Christopher), Emmanuelle Cole (Punk Girl), Edward Grace (Mr Thompson), Gina Isaac (Judy) and Stuart Laing (Ed). Further casting is yet to be announced.

Joshua Jenkins makes his National Theatre debut as Christopher. His previous credits include: Dunsinane for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland. Geraldine Alexander's stage work includes Eleanor of Aquitaine in Holy Warriors at the Globe Theatre.

Chris Ashby recently appeared in New Tricks; Emmanuella Cole appeared in Danton's Death for the National Theatre and the title role in Amanda at the Young Vic. Edward Crace's credits include: Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse). Gina Isaac recently played Brenda in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Sarah in Ricky Gervais' Derek. Stuart Laing's credits include How TV Ruined my Life and Spooks.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Tony Award winning Marianne Elliott, who grew up in Manchester, and adapted by Stockport-born Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel has now opened in New York to a rapturous reception and spectacular reviews from the American media.

Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel, received seven Olivier Awards last year, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. It also won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre and has been seen by over 300,000 people during its run in the West End.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is directed by Marianne Elliott. The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

The tour opens at the Lowry from 18 December - 10 January.