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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

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A comic adaptation of the classic whodunit. Read More >

This comedy stage adaptation of John Buchan’s 1915 novel The 39 Steps has been keeping audiences amused at the Criterion Theatre since 2006 and won Best Comedy at the Olivier Awards in 2007.

Based on the book and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film noir, this stage version of The 39 Steps was devised by Patrick Barlow (aka The National Theatre Of Brent) and started life at West Yorkshire Playhouse before transferring to the Tricycle Theatre and then London’s West End.

The story of The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay, a bored London gentleman whose life suddenly becomes infinitely more interesting when a woman is murdered in his apartment. Who is she? Why did she take refuge with him? And what are the mysterious 39 Steps? Framed for her murder, Hannay flees London for Scotland on a mission to find out the answers to these and other questions. Along the way he comes across an assortment of unusual and mysterious characters and is reluctantly accompanied by prim Pamela, who inadvertently finds herself handcuffed to Hannay.

This theatrical version of The 39 Steps features all the famous scenes from the hitherto ‘unstageable’ film, including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, Hannay’s escape on the Forth Bridge, a bi-plane crash and the death-defying finale in the London Palladium. With a tongue-in-cheek humour, 1930s costumes and just four cast members playing a reported 139 roles between them, this is a slick, fast-paced, whirlwind of a comedy.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 14/09/2006

Opening Night: 20/09/2006

Closing Night: 05/09/2015

Running time: 1h45

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Cast & Creative


Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, Kelly Hotten, Mike Goodenough, Gary Sefton


Director - Maria Aitken

Producer - Edward Snape for Fiery Angel and the Tricycle Theatre

Author - Based on the story by John Buchan

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