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Curious Incident closes at Apollo, moves to Gielgud plus transfers to Broadway

The National Theatre's award-winning production will resume its West End run in June at the Gielgud Theatre following the Apollo ceiling collapse, and the Broadway premiere will open in October

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Mike Noble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo
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The National Theatre's acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will resume its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre on 8 July (previews from 24 June), following the ceiling collapse at its former home the Apollo Theatre.

Performances have been suspended at the Apollo since the incident on 19 December 2013, in which 80 people were injured when parts of the ceiling fell into the auditorium.

The show will not continue at the Apollo, with NT executive director Nick Starr explaining that "the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there".

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday 17 January, with a week's priority before that for those who have had bookings at the Apollo. People who already had tickets for the upcoming months will be contacted and offered refunds or a transfer to the Gielgud.

During the lay-off of the production, the NT will be offering free performances of the show for schools and young people, which will be performed by the Apollo cast in a rehearsal room format with "minimal settings and lighting".

There will also be an encore screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast, filmed at the Cottesloe Theatre during the play's original run, which will be shown in UK and international cinemas on 22 May.

It has also been announced today that the show will transfer to Broadway, opening at New York's Barrymore Theater in October this year. Click here to see TheaterMania's report on the transfer.

Curious Incident will follow Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud, which stars Angela Lansbury, Charles Edwards and Janie Dee, and runs from 1 March to 7 June 2014. Currently playing at the Gielgud is Strangers on a Train, which finishes its run on 22 February.