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A step too far?
The 39 Steps
Member Name: kcsevenoaks
The 39 Steps
Advantages: Great use of comedy timey and stageing
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 in the theatre as the audience are made to feel part of the action.
The play is a mad dash from London to Scotland and back to solve the mystery of the 39 steps, I won't give too much away but what follows is a treat! There are four actors in the play, the actor who plays John Hannay threads the play together with his narrative style, the lady playing 3 female characters is great. But main praise from me goes to the two men playing characters called "Man" basically thy do everything, to becoming part of the scenery to playing a wealth of characters both male and female, sometime having to play multiple character simultaneously.
The staging is great with just a bare stage with props being used to great effect to create scenes or entirely different props.
There are good discounts to be had, I tend to use lastminute.com or go the the half price ticket booth (TKTS) in Leicester Square. The play lasts around 2hrs including a 20 min interval.
Summary: Great , a must see!
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