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39 Steps

The 39 Steps is currently showing at the Criterion Theatre in London’s Piccadilly Square.

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“a memorable and original look back at a sadly bygone era of steam trains, pipe smoking, hats and whisky and soda” – Bournemouth Echo

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“Delightfully datstardly derring-do aplenty” -Liverpool Echo

This is a funny, innovative, fast-paced melodrama that makes for a highly entertaining evening out.  It is based more on the film than the original book, and has clever musical and name references to other Hitchcock works.  The many characters are played by just 4 actors which adds to the anarchic nature of the production.  Clever use of shadow puppets and strobe lighting all add to the manic and comic ambience.

This theatrical version of John Buchan’s 1915 novel was written by Patrick Barlow and premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in 2005, moving to London’s West End in 2006.  It is now the longest running comedy in the West End.

If you are spending a few days in London a visit to the theatre is de rigueur and this original and funny play should most definitely be on your short list.  As the Sunday Times said, “hugely entertaining . Clever, witty, ingenious”

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Posted as part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Steps.

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