The 39 Steps Reviews
Description:The Criterion's stage adaptation of John Buchan's much loved (and frequently filmed) tale of double cross and daring do.
Newest Review: ... running at London's Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus for many years now. I have seen it three times now and still enjoy ... more
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Customer The 39 Steps Reviews (4)
by - written on 18/07/09 (Very useful, 900 readings)
A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend decided to surprise me with tickets to the theatre. He didn't say which show or play it was going to be so I reeled off every show I wanted to see that was playing in London to see if I could work out what we were going to see. But my boyfriend maintained it was to be a surprise so no matter how hard I guessed he was not telling me. However he did admit it was not Dirty Dancing as he thought I'd already seen it! Wrong! But that's now on the list for next time! So Friday night came and we had a pre theatre dinner in Soho before heading to the theatre for the 8pm show. On route to the Criterion Theatre I was told ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/03/10 (Very useful, 177 readings)
The 39 Steps, playing at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End, is a 2005 adaptation by Patrick Barlow of the famous John Buchan book of the same name, published in 1915. The play is heavily influenced though by the Alfred Hitchcock movie, which was released in 1935. In the play there are several references to other Hitchcock films; including in the famous chase scene in which the bi-plane that searches for the lead character Richard Hannay is in fact the plane from North by Northwest! Alfred Hitchcock's famous silhouette also makes an appearance in the play. The Plot Richard Hannay, having made a small fortune mining abroad, has ... Read the complete review
by - written on 08/02/09 (Useful, 50 readings)
This is a really quirky adaptation of the 39 steps and not what I was expecting at all. The Criterion theatre stands right on the corner of Oxford Circus. You enter the theatre at street level but as the theatre is built deep underground and so have to walk down a couple of flights to get to teh stage level. I'm not sure about lifts for thos not able to walk. The theatre is decorated in 19th Century opulance so it is like stepping back to the Theatres hay day. The prices in the bar weren't too bad especially by London standards. The play is in the style of a comedy with a number of double entendre and as there are only 4 actors there ... Read the complete review
by - written on 08/10/11 (Useful, 26 readings)
When John Hannay returns to England, he gets more than he bargains for when a trip to the theatre turns into to a comedy tale of spies, murder, being on the run, to a final showdown back in the theatre where the tale started, you are guaranteed laughs by the bucketload with a sprinkling of espionage and mystery. This production has been running at London's Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus for many years now. I have seen it three times now and still enjoy it to this day. First off it's a lovely little theatre and have seen it from the stalls twice and the dress circle once, both offered great views. The theatre also added to the ambience of the scenes set ... Read the complete review
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