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The 39 Steps Announces Closure as The Book Of Mormon Extends

Sunday, 28th Jun 2015  

Two High Profile Shows Reveal Changes to Their Booking Periods in the West End

Sad news for fans of The 39 Steps this week as news emerges that the show is set to close its doors later this year, with an end-date set for September 2015. The announcement comes as another popular West End show, The Book of Mormon, reveals the opposite and adds new dates to October. The productions run at the Criterion Theatre and Prince of Wales Theatre respectively.

The 39 Steps is based on both the book by John Buchan and the classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It follows a case of the wrong man on the run as Richard Hannay finds himself in a perplexing situation when a spy winds up dead in his home. It leads to a chase across the country with some iconic set pieces along the way, whilst Hannay attempts to solve the mystery of the 39 steps.

The film emerged in the 1930s, with the book even earlier, and as a result it appears on the stage with a lot of fans already eager to see it. But in this version, only four actors take on the multitude of roles onstage, making this a unique experience.

It has been running at the Criterion Theatre since 2006 (which which it appeared at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. It will continue at the former until it finally closes on Saturday 5th September 2015.

Meanwhile, The Book Of Mormon has been running at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013, when it replaced another popular musical in the form of Mamma Mia! (which now runs at the Novello Theatre). The production is from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, plus Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, following Mormon missionaries as they head to Uganda to spread the word of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But the locals are more concerned with famine and war than with religion.

The production continues to pull in the crowds at the Prince of Wales Theatre and has now extended to Saturday 17th October 2015.

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