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.
The multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning spoof comedy has been seen by over 3 million people across the globe and by the time the production closes in September; it will enter the record books for the 5th highest number of performances of any play in London’s West End.
The 39 Steps is adapted to the stage by Patrick Barlow from John Buchan’s 1915 spy thriller novel of the same name, and sends-up the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film version. The play is a re-imagined parody of the 1930’s spy thriller genre and sees just four fearless actors play over a hundred characters in just over a hundred minutes.
Directed by Maria Aitken, The 39 Steps premiered in June 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse before going on to the Tricycle Theatre in North London, where the production received rave reviews. The show opened in the West End at the Criterion Theatre in September 2006, where it has played to packed houses ever since.
The current cast of The 39 Steps includes Kelly Hotten, Mike Goodenough, Gary Sefton, and Daniel Llewelyn-Williams.
The production team behind The 39 Steps have been commissioned by the Tricycle Theatre to create a new stage version of Ben Hur, due to open this Christmas.
Catch The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre before it takes its final bow on 5 September 2015.