Curious Incident: Prime Suspects

Is your name a Prime Number? This week we were lucky enough to revisit Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time which is still in fabulous shape and regularly selling out at the Gielgud Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. Our Curious post will be online soon, and while we’re playing detective, here’s a little bit of fun inspired by the show:


On your visit to the show, you’ll find that prime number seats in the auditorium are marked out and contain a card which helps you work out whether your name is a prime number. Those lucky audience members who find out that they ARE a prime can collect prize in the foyer. So we thought we’d play along online just for fun using a hand cipher calculator!


A cipher is just a way of encrypting code. If you know your Bletchley Park back-story then you’ll know that codebreakers like Alan Turing were fundamental to British successes during WWII. In Curious Incident, Christopher is a gifted mathematician and it’s pretty certain he would have made a great code breaker himself. We’re going to use a very simple cipher to work out whether your name is a prime number.

ABC Cipher
ABC Cipher – use this to change your name into code


Life’s too short to do the coding yourself. We’ve found a shortcut – just type in your name and this nifty little cipher from Rumkin will covert your name into a series of numbers. e.g. if your name is Doctor Watson then your numbers are 4-15-3-20-18 23-1-20-19-15-14. Add them up and you get a number, in this case = 157.

You still have to do a little maths yourself but, once you’ve added up the sequence of numbers you’ll be left with a number which you can check against our list of primes in the grid below (e.g. Doctor Watson is 157):

See if your name is a Prime Number (the squares in grey are all primes)
See if your name is a Prime Number (the squares in grey are all primes)

If your name IS a prime, then Christopher Boone will definitely want to see you in the audience – and so will the team at the Gielgud Theatre! You can buy tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre – and don’t forget to take some ID so you can prove your number is a prime and claim a prize at the interval.

If your name is a Prime Number, you’re in good company: Others include Terry Pratchett, Sherlock Holmes, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley!

If you have a mind like Christopher Boone, you’ll have no trouble solving our Theatre Brainteasers!

People, Places and Things – The Reviews

Following a hugely successful run at the National Theatre, Headlong Theatre’s gritty, bleak and darkly funny tale of addiction and redemption as seen through the eyes of actress Emma has now moved to the Wyndham’s Theatre. The reviews are in – so what did the critics think of the show’s West End transfer?

"A character you can't tear your eyes from"
“A character you can’t tear your eyes from”

Chris Bennion for The Telegraph said Denise Gough’s Emma was Read more

Cinderella and the Beanstalk: Theatre503

They’ve booked the venue
They’ve bought the costumes.
There’s just one problem. They’ve forgotten to cast any actors.

When award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees brought their unique brand of slapstick comedy to Battersea’s Latchmere last year, they sold out with their fast, furious and madcap humour.

Now James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn return, jumping from character to character with a seemingly supernatural elasticity. Sleeping Trees comes from a tradition of anarchic buffoonery – but don’t let that fool you – it’s all choreographed with military precision.

Cinders and the giant vegetable
Three men with an unusual gift for climbing vegetables…

Join Cinderella on her perilous adventure as the scheming Rumpelstiltskin blackmails the would-be princess into retrieving his golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk. Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Jack’s pregnant cow all do their best to get in the way, so the delicious, oversized eggs may not be so easy to reach. Is poor Cinders doomed to spend her life climbing vegetables with just one shoe?

The Latchmere Battersea
The Latchmere Battersea

If you’re looking to treat the family to a magical Christmas but you fancy a change from the usual celebrity-over-substance, try this gem of a show.


The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
Booking: 020 7978 7040
Tickets £15/£12 (Plus pay what you can Sundays at 7pm)

Until Saturday 2 January 2016

If you’re looking for other seasonal treats, why not also try one of these fabulous festive fancies:

A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre Kingston)
Will Scrooge open his heart to the true spirit of Christmas before it’s too late? Find out in the Rose Theatre Kingston’s beautiful production of the Charles Dickens classic.

La Soiree (Southbank)
LA SOIRÉE’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever.

La Soiree's Blue Bunny
La Soiree’s Blue Bunny…jump to it!

Wonder.Land (National Theatre)
A giant green screen, astonishing dance numbers and a cast of extraordinary characters make this ambitious and modern production a hugely satisfying re-telling of Carroll’s masterpiece.

The Little Match Girl (Lilyan Baylis Studio)
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live on stage.

The Lorax (Old Vic)
Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.

Derren Brown: Miracle (Palace Theatre)
Hot on the heels from his sensational sell-out show Infamous, master of the mind Derren Brown returns to London’s Palace Theatre with his most daring magic show yet.

Finally…don’t miss the BBC4 broadcast of Gypsy on Sunday 27th Dec. The show was filmed live at the Savoy Theatre, and stars Imelda Staunton and the delightful Gemma Sutton – you can read our interview with Gemma here.

Whatever you choose to do this festive season,
May your days be merry and bright,
Happy Christmas to all,
And to all a good-night!”