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Curious Incident triumphs at Oliviers

A play about a boy with Aspergers Syndrome has triumphed at this year's Olivier Awards.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon, picked up seven awards, including Best New Play and Best Actor for its star Luke Treadaway.

It tells the story of a 15-year-old maths genius trying to solve the killing of his neighbour's dog.

"Curious Incident" tops Olivier Award nominations

The nominations for this year's Olivier Awards have been published today - and leading the field is The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

The National Theatre production, based on the hit murder mystery novel about a boy with Asperger's syndrome, has been named in eight categories, including Best Actor, New Play, and Director.

The toe-tapping new musical Top Hat follows in second place, with seven nominations, while the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd is also in close competition with six.

The Olivier Awards are seen as the most prestigious awards in British theatre - and have even been dubbed the "Oscars" of the West End.

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