Connor Curren has landed the lead role of the National Theatre tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This is the first time the production has featured an actor with autism in the lead role.
He plays Christopher Boone, a 15 year old mathematics ‘genius’ who struggles with social cues and interaction and who is generally understood to be on the autistic spectrum. The play follows him on a journey as he tries to make sense of the world around him.
Growing up, Connor loved performing, and wanted to pursue a career in acting but never saw actors like him on stage or screen but is now set to inspire the next generation.
In a casting notice, the National said it feels it’s important the role is played by someone with lived experience of neurodivergence.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is currently playing at Wembley’s Troubador Theatre, before starting a UK tour in January 2022.