Criterion Theatre

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

39 Steps
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39 Steps Tickets

4.7/5
based on 681 reviews

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Starring: Andrew Alexander, Stephen Critchlow, Catherine Bailey, Ian Hughes

Booking from: Wednesday, 6 September 2006

Booking until: Saturday, 5 September 2015

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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Age restrictions

Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

Important Information

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.

Booking from:
Wednesday, 6 September 2006

Booking until:
Saturday, 5 September 2015

Running time:
1 hour 40 minutes


The 39 steps, a riotous, fast-paced comedy drama.

There’s no doubt that Scottish author John Buchan would be delighted with the on-going popularity of his 1915 novel. The 39 Steps was originally published in serial form in Blackwood's Magazine before being published by William Blackwood and Sons in book form later that year. The first of five novels starring the adventurous hero Richard Hannay, Alfred Hitchcock committed the story to film in 1935. Now Buchan’s classic, timeless adventure has been adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, inspired by an original concept from Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

The 39 Steps – the story

The hero, Richard Hannay, encounters a mysterious woman who leads him on a country-wide adventure which sees him desperate to clear his name and save his King and country, with Scotland Yard’s crack team of policemen and detectives in hot pursuit.

The 39 Steps - A masterpiece of on-stage creativity!

Thought by many to be impossible to stage, The 39 Steps is a massive hit with four actors playing at least 139 roles between them in 100 minutes, while managing to remain faithful to the most dramatic scenes from the hit Hitchcock film. This amazing stage production includes the famous chase on the Flying Scotsman train, the well-loved scene on the Forth Bridge, the world’s first ever on-stage ‘plane crash and the edge-of-your-seat drama of the film’s death defying finale.

Renowned as an ‘astonishing theatrical tour de force’, it’s a visual and emotional feast of drama, villainy, adventure and pure silliness, guaranteed to raise a constant stream of giggles and belly laughs. Audiences absolutely love it, and it’s no surprise that 39 Steps is currently the West End’s longest-running comedy, winner of an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and coveted Tony Awards for best lighting design and sound design.

Why is it called ‘The 39 Steps’? While Buchan was writing the book, holed up in the English seaside town of Broadstairs, his small daughter counted 39 steps down from the town to the beach.

Today The 39 Steps has been seen by people in 25 or more countries, a typically British affair with a wide appeal that reaches far beyond our shores, and a stint on the Broadway stage too. Whatever your age, if you appreciate tongue in cheek comedy, Monty Python-style silliness, a generous helping of irony and non-stop action, The 39 Steps is the perfect West End theatre experience!

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Press Reviews

A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic The Sunday Times

Exactly the thing the West End has been waiting for The Observer

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Anyone:
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Families:
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Teenagers:
85%
Couples:
91%
Theatregoers:
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based on 681 reviews

Fun afternoon

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39 Steps

The 39 steps is a really fabulous show, so sad that it has now finished its long run at the Criterion theatre. Lets hope that it will go on tour, as I will definitely go to see it again .


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Outstanding

Outstanding show. Enough said!


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Great show

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Catch it before it ends!!

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Great and funny adaptation of the film

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Great fast paced story with some good laughs

Great fun show. Fast paced but easy to follow. Some good laughs and great acting


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Very funny and silly!

Lovely old theatre - went with my mum, we both enjoyed it and laughed a lot. Highly recommend it. We sat in the stalls, row k and had a great view.


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Fun

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Fun

Theatre very warm, cast looked as if they were melting. Covered most of the story in an amusing way. Glad we saw it, but not a show to watch more than once.


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Tremendous fun

My wife and I enjoyed the show. It was great fun. The actors did so well playing so many parts.


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Energetic silly fun

A fantastic show which was so funny with some amazing acting


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Not for my personal taste but people around loved it

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39 excellent steps

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Change to the Norm!

We've been to so many London shows and loved them all. Decided to try something different from the usual musical styles, and saw 39 Steps. Gosh, what a refreshing change! It was funny from start to finish but didn't lose track of the actual story. the acting was just great, they were all brilliant and worked so hard and really pulled it off excellently. Would definitely recommend everyone to see this before it disappears in September 2015. It really made you smile and laugh from start to finish - a really must see of the West End.


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Great acting by only four people

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Not as good as I was led to believe.

A production that was a little bit laboured in getting to the point. Some good use of props. The props were, on occasion, not clever enough to stop one thinking they were being used to cut down on cost.


London Box Office customer

An amazing show , I was laughing so much , really enjoyed, it was brilliant .

An amazing show , I was laughing so much , really enjoyed, it was brilliant !! . I have seen other comedies during the past years , this one is the best so far !! . Well done . Great entertainment .


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Fabulous farce!

This show had everything - great acting, visual effects, one-liners and great comic effects. We laughed a lot and came away feeling really great! Brilliant new take on a classic book and film!


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39 steps

Superb show for any ages, the acting was brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it.


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More than 39 steps!

Whilst it seemed like there were more than 39 steps from street level down to the stalls seats, the show was worth the effort of every one of them. Clever, fast moving, hilarious, with a verbal or visual gag every second, the funniest show in London and most highly recommended.


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unexpectedly funny

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Great acting, funny, well recommended

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Showcase of Comic Skills

I thought the performances & inventiveness of the show was terrific, I did find the second half lost my interest somewhat but purely down to the story. I laughed a lot & enjoyed it very much.


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Fantastic!

Fantastic creative show with acting costumes words sets & particularly the music! In the wonderful historic Criterion theatre in an incredible location in the heart of London, right next to the Piccadilly Circus statute - which added to the atmosphere! Amazing talent of the cast!


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Well staged

If you've seen the film then forget it before entering and enjoy the show.


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Very enjoyable comedy, charactors played by all the cast excellent, the comedy was a little repetitive after a while but still very funny. If you had seen the original film everything was clear if you hadn't it was a little fuzzy at times, the show was very slick and sent us home with a smile on our faces we were not disappointed.


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Outstanding

I liked the show, had no idea what it was about, but then I generally have no idea. I just turn up with little expectations, which always seems to turn into a great evening out. Great show would recommend, because the cast of was four were phenomenal! Everyone should go to watch....


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Fun at the Criterion

Enjoyable light entertainment, a fairly short show so great for weary tourists! The Theatre is worth visiting just for the decor alone.


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funny

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Excellent show

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Great Fun!

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39 Steps

excellent acting, very cleverly done !


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great theatre but read up before viewimg

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Hilarious Thriller

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Good fun show

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Brilliant

Hilarious, fast moving and very cleverly delivered. I would recommend this play to anyone.


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SUCH FUN

Not sure when booked, but completely converted! This was a fun show with lots of laughs and great acting. Although only a cast of 4, they took 139 parts between them, which were very cleverly managed.


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Splendid show

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Great entertainment!!

If you need cheering up go and see this show, brilliantly acted by all cast members (only four!) and genuinely very funny!! One of the best theater experiences we've had, great stuff!!


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The 39 Step

The show is based on the 1935 film and is set in that period and not 1914 as the book, that being said, it doesn't suffer from this. The acting is exceptional and the flexibility of the supporting actors and the breadth of their vocal styles makes this play a very enjoyable use of an evening. My Wife who does not like 'Plays' and prefers musicals but really enjoyed this.


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39 Steps

Interesting for younger students of drama. Excellent acting - but very sparse on props/effects. OK at half price. Would not pay full price for something that could be staged in a village hall. Bit of a rip off.


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Great night out

This is a quirky but very funny show, cleverly done in an old theatre full of charm.


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Hugely entertaining

Great show. Fast paced and very funny in a lovely intimate theatre


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A great show

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It's a definition of Fun

Funny on many levels. Witty and very "theatry".


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Fantastic Show

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Top Show

A good spoof of 39 steps with the actors skilfully switching between roles with slickly precision making it look easy when it is not. Liked the 30s theme which worked well with the cinema. Lots of Hitchcock puns. My wife and I enjoyed the whole thing. Tip Top.


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wonderful

Super seats Row D in the Stalls. It was real hoot, loved every minute of the show


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39 Steps

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Excellent show

Extremely funny and very clever


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Two of our party fell asleep. So not quite as exciting as its billed...


An excellent show: much enjoyed

London Box Office customer

Really enjoyed the show. The set design was very clever and the actors did an excellent job of sharing out a myriad of roles between just the 4 of them. Plus the theatre itself is lovely. We were at the station back of the stalls but it felt like we were close to the stage.


Tired and dated

Got tickets at half price so thought I'd give it a try. Not sure why this is still running as it seemed very dated and the actors seemed to be going through the motions a bit. I was tempted to walk out in the interval but thought it might pick up in the second half but it didn't.


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Great adaptation, with some laugh out loud moments

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Excellent show which will appeal to all. Clever and well acted. My partner and I loved it!


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fabulous pitty my sister in a wheelchair couln't see it though

fabulous and very funny will come and see it again


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Drama converted to comedy

Those familiar with the Hitchcock 1935 version starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll will not be disappointed. This production sticks pretty much to the plot but is converted from drama to a comedy adventure. The four actors handle all the many characters with incredible verve. The choreography involved in converting a car into a train etc is breathtaking and very, very funny. A joy from start to finish.


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We had a great time!

The show is very funny and rather clever. The acting is absolutely brilliant, as the only 4 people make it all. The theatre is old but beautiful. Our seats in the Dress Circle Row A (seats 19,20) were simply perfect. Have enjoyed the show a lot and been pleased with the choice, as it was my partner's birhtday present from me. :)


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Great Show thoroughly enjoyed it.

My only negative is that there are several sets of stairs to negotiate and although I like to think of myself as a young 70yr old, they (and the ones encountered on the tube) were a struggle.


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The alternative ish 39 steps

Very good and entertaining you will have a laugh


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Absolutely excellent. Laughed till my sides ached

Surprisingly captivating

A very interesting and amusing play with excellent and energetic acting. Pleasantly surprised!


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Clever adaptation!

Great night out, funny and very clever. The use of props was brilliant and the actors were fantastic. Suitable for everyone and guaranteed to make you laugh.


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Great London theatre performance!

My wife and I throughlu enjoyed this show. Must watch!!


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39 steps

Very entertaining; the four actors worked very hard and put their all into their parts. A really enjoyable visit to a lovely unique theatre.


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39steps

Really excellent show & very funny . The theatre on the other hand could have been better struggled to see some bits we where seated in the stalls row m


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Brilliant!

Exquisite show!!!!!


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Hilarious japes

A really enjoyable show with some very hard working actors and actress. Lots of laughs and some brilliant stage craft.


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39 Steps

If you want a fun relaxed & amusing evening at the theatre this is the show to go to - excellent acting & extremely funny with never a dull moment - we laughed all the way through!!


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Fast-paced witty show

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I loved the 39 steps

I totally loved the show.The Actors were all first class and my only disappointment was that the show ended so soon.The mix of jokes, old, new and different coupled with some very clever stage craft had me smiling, giggling and belly laughing the whole way through. Well done.


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Creative, funny a fantastic show!!

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Great fun

As long as you are not too serious it is great fun


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Very witty and funny production!

This is a hugely witty and inventive comedy, slickly performed and very well acted. It recounts, skilfully and hilariously, John Buchan's famous thriller, and does so with pace and verve. Clever breaking of the 'fourth wall' draw the audience into the proceedings and it is easy to see why this play has garnered its accolades. Thoroughly recommended!


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Something to see when at a loose end

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The 39 Steps due to close after 9 years on the West End

22 Jun 2015 in News

The 39 Steps The iconic West End production of The 39 Steps has posted its closing notices for the 5 September 2015, following a hugely successful 9 years at the Criterion Theatre.

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Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
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  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 590
  • Year built: 1874