The 39 steps
Author, John Buchan and film director, Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud to see Buchan's novel and Hitchcock's first classic spy thriller recreated as an award-winning play. After all, there is much significance in the number 39 being placed in the title, The 39 Steps. As a 1935 film involving romance, murder and mayhem, one would also expect the play to be more of a thriller than a comedy. The play seems to remain even more entertaining as a comedy. Richard Hannay is a man framed for murder by a group of spies. He tries to prove his innocence and runs from the law on an adventure throughout the UK
With an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and even a couple of Tony awards under its belt, the play pulled a pretty amazing feat for a cast of only four actors. It was fantastic to see them switch roles so quickly. They had such smooth transitions with the costume changes. This funny and creative show has been shown at the Criterion Theatre in London.
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