The 39 Steps - Criterion Theatre

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Venue Information

Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly Circus
London
London
SW1Y 4XA

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The theatre can be seen on Piccadilly Circus next to the Eros statue.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 44 review(s)

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Latest Review: "wasn't to keen to go but glad i did it was fantastic the acting was magnificent for four actors t..."

Age Restriction: Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

Important Info: 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.

This is a classic ‘boys own’ adventure brought to life for the West End!  Based upon the 1915 John Buchan masterpiece, and later popularised in the 1935 Hitchcock film, this unique show is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat!

Cleverly directed by Patrick Barlow, this fast moving, action packed production also contains an element of humour.  Even though it is dealing with serious issues it is also highly amusing and ever so slightly tongue in cheek.  It stars 4 actors, more than 139 roles and a range of scenes which are both remarkable and highly energetic!

The 1935 Hitchcock film stars the very British hero, Richard Hannay.  Hannay is one of the old school in that he is represents the archetypal, ‘stiff upper lipped’ type of Englishman.  The type of man that never capitulates or shows any emotion, whatever the cost.

This story is set in Britain as events are unfolding which will lead to the First World War.  Hannay has just returned to London from Africa and when he arrives back in England he is contacted by the mysterious Franklin Scudder who in reality is a freelance spy!

Scudder has contacted Hannay to ask for his help.  He has uncovered a plot by the Germans in which they would assassinate the Greek Prime Minister and steal a set of military plans which would cause untold damage to Britain if war broke out.

A few days after this meeting, Hannay visits Scudder at home but when he arrives there he finds that Scudder has been murdered.  This immediately throws suspicion on Hannay, who also realises that he has been framed for this murder.  He has to flee the crime scene and, find out who the real murderer is.  This quest of his involves dodging both the police and a set of very nasty German spies!

Hannay goes on the run and this famous chase involves a series of fast paced scenes in various locations such as the top of the Forth Bridge, on the Flying Scotsman train and the famous bi-plane crash.  In fact, this is the first time that a bi-plane crash has been staged in the theatre!

The plot also hinges upon the title – the ’39 Steps’.  What are these steps?  What do they refer to and why?  Hannay is determined to find out what they mean which results in him finding out the cause of Scudder’s death.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 23rd April 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 18th October 2014
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Age Restriction: Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
Important Info: 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.
Show Schedule
Mon: 8.00pm
Tue: 8.00pm
Wed: 3.00pm and 8.00pm
Thu: 8.00pm
Fri: 8.00pm
Sat: 4.00pm and 8.00pm
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