Wacky international comedy hit The 39 Steps, now celebrating its sixth year at the Criterion Theatre, is set to embark on a UK tour starting on 19 January 2013.
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What's it all about?
Dastardly villains, deadly assassins, dangerous femme fatales and some decidedly dodgy goings on have conspired to make this fantastically farcical take on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film the West End’s current longest-running comedy.
But to really understand what a ripping good yarn this spoof spy thriller is, you simply must see The 39 Steps for yourself. You’ll marvel as just four actors create more than 100 roles and several seemingly impossible scenes, all at high speed and with rib-tickling results.
And these chaps (and chapesses) must be doing something right as the show has won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. So “derring-do” book your tickets now for this truly top-hole entertainment.
What's the story?
Join our hero Richard Hannay in foggy London town as a chance encounter with a mysterious female spy leads him on a cross-country mission to clear his name of murder and save King and country – all with Scotland Yard’s finest in hot pursuit.
You may be wondering how on Earth some of the iconic moments from Alfred Hitchcock’s film can be recreated on stage. But, fear not. With everything – from the Flying Scotsman to a bi-plane crash – whipped up before your very eyes, you’ll be swept up in the drama of this gloriously silly show.
Who's in it?
It takes actors of extraordinary talent and versatility to play 139 parts in just 100 minutes.
Luckily, the team behind The 39 Steps scoured the land to find the best of British. And now you can see the splendid Adam Jackson-Smith as Hannay, ably assisted by Andy Williams, Jennifer Bryden and Stephen Critchlow.
Who is The 39 Steps suitable for?
Fans of tongue-in-cheek comedy – from the surreal silliness of Monty Python to the fast-paced antics of The Reduced Shakespeare Company – will love The 39 Steps' ironic take on the espionage genre.
And you won’t be disappointed if you know the Hitchcock film or John Buchan book on which this show is based, because it’s pretty faithful to both – just with the added benefit of lashings of laughs.
Why book with us?
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The 39 Steps reviews - staff
The Criterion is a perfect venue for this period piece. The show itself is an extremely clever piece, featuring only 4 actors, but 2 play so many roles it was impossible to count. It was very funny - laugh out loud in fact. The first act is definitely stronger than the second, but overall a very enjoyable show to watch, especially in its price bracket.
It was very well acted - extremely funny!
The 39 Steps reviews - critics
The 39 Steps reviews - most recent customers
39 steps was excellent. A compact theatre, the Criterion was just right for this type of performance. We all enjoyed the constructive 'props' and the dialogue between the actors was excellent. good value for money at reduced prices we were offered. Thank you
A fabulous show! A talented cast and wonderful use of props. Would see it again!
Amazing show! If you've never been to the theatre for a while, then this is the show to go to! The brilliant use of a simple set with a hugely talented cast and fast on the fly action and lots of comedy, makes you laugh out loud! Brilliant!
Superb. The cast are clearly having a ball and the audience lapped it up with gusto. A brilliant and hilarious night out. I had a grin on my face for hours afterwards.
What a perfect way to end the day. Excellently acted in a spirited and fast-moving performance full of mime, suspension of disbelief and sheer fun. The story rattles along as do the train and the car with that knowing collusion between cast and audience that this is essentially the most silly way of spending one's time but all the better for it. Anyone who understood the abritishness in the opening of the Olympics would understand the eccentric imagination and good-natured humour of this award-winning play.
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Nothing compares to the excitment you get from getting up-close-and-personal to the sights and sounds of a West End show in full swing, and The 39 Steps is one of London’s most enjoyable shows. On this page you’ll find images from The 39 Steps and get a taste of what’s in store from this uproarious production.
The 39 Steps sees four actors undertake an impressive 139 roles in the space of 100 minutes. Just a few of the characters include Richard Hannay, Annabella Schmidt, Pamela, Professor Jordan and Mr Memory. The play takes place in England and sees Hannay chased by the police around London and into the countryside. Death, drama and confusion work together to make this play hugely entertaining yet captivating at the same time.
The pictures in this gallery are from the current West End production of The 39 Steps and feature the characters of Hannay, Jordan, Schmidt and Mr Memory as performed by Andrew Alexander in the leading role, ably assisted by Stephen Critchlow, Catherine Bailey and Ian Hughes.
The play was written by Patrick Barlow and it originally premiered in 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The story is a combined adaptation of John Buchan’s 1915 novel as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film. The play shares the plot of the film but is taken to a more comic level often compared with Monty Python.
The 39 steps won an Olivier Award for Best Comedy as well as two Tony awards in the USA.
We hope these pictures give you feel for the show and have whetted your appetite for The 39 Steps. Have a fantastic time when you see it at the Criterion Theatre.
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Did You Know?
Deputy stage manager Andrew Sloane says the key to a successful performance is listening to the audience. He’s been doing it so long now he can tell whether theatregoers are appreciating the written or the visual gags more and tailor his sound effects accordingly. A truly bespoke service.
So why the number 39? It’s all because when John Buchan was writing the original book in the seaside town of Broadstairs, his daughter was learning to count. And as they reached the bottom of the stairs to the beach one day, she declared: “There are 39 Steps.” Sadly, you can’t see the steps today because they were demolished. But part of them was sent to Buchan in recognition of his book.
Although The 39 Steps is a thoroughly British affair, its appeal reaches far beyond Blighty. In fact, as well as experiencing Broadway success, this jolly good show has been seen by people in more than 26 countries. Golly!
Seats in the rear stalls priced at £25 face value and classed as 'restricted view' have a slim pillar in the sightline. You will have a clear view by leaning slightly to the left or right.
Strobe Lighting and Gunshots are used in this production.
2007 Laurence Olivier Award
Best New Comedy
2008 Tony Award
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Sound Design of a Play
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Theatre NewsThe 39 Steps Makes Strides On 2013 UK Tour
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- 6th Nov 2012