It is always sad to hear of a show closing in London, but even more so if the show has been running in London for quite some time.
So it is with sadness that after nine years and having been seen by over three million people over the course of its run globally, The 39 Steps is to close at the Criterion Theatre on September 5th.
Although I may not have seen it, it is a production which like Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera that I expected to keep running no matter what and due to its clear popularity with audiences in the West End.
Based on John Buchan’s 1914 novel of the same name, it follows the adventures of hero Richard Hannay as he encounters murders, secret agents and of course beautiful women.
The production is directed by Maria Aitken and has been adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow. It is a comedy thriller that features four actors playing 139 roles in nearly two hours of action and fun.
Since opening at the theatre in September 2006, the show has seen more than 50 actors taking part – including Rupert Degas, Charles Edwards, Simon Gregor and Catherine McCormack in the original cast.
The 39 Steps is also known for its adaption to screen thanks to the talents of Alfred Hitchcock, in what is regarded to be one of his best films of his early period. This 1935 film is referenced in the stage production, including the chase on the Flying Scotsman train and the escape on the forth rail bridge.
Cast currently in the production includes: Daniel Llewelyn-Williams [Richard Hannay], Kelly Hotten [Pamela/Annabella/Margaret], Mike Goodenough [Man], and Gary Sefton [Man].
For more information about the production or even to book tickets then visit: http://www.love39steps.com/