Mark Haddon knew he wasn’t the right person to adapt his own widely loved 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timefor the stage. “I simply can’t see it clearly any more,” he wrote in London’s The Timesin 2012. There was a second reason: “Surgeons are quite rightly forbidden from operating on members of their own family. You need to be brutal and you need to be objective.”

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