THE 39 STEPS THEATRE TICKETS LONDON - GROUP DISCOUNT RATES
Groups of 8+: Best available seats at £25, Monday - Friday, and Saturday matinees
School groups of 8+: Best available seats at £20, Monday - Thursday evenings, £17.50, Wednesday Matinees
The 39 Steps is a murder mystery based on the thriller novel from 1935 by Alfred Hitchcock. Three film versions of the book have been made. Only four actors play all the 150 characters.
The story follows Richard Hanney, who is bored and dissatisfied with his London life. The gentlemen's clubs, plays and moving pictures just don't do it for him anymore. However, his life undergoes a drastic change on the discovery of a German femme fatale - dead in his living room. Hanney goes on the run, without knowing who or what he is fleeing from. Life for Richard Hannay is about to get very interesting indeed...
The director of the latest theatre version (adapted by Patrick Barlow) of Hitchcock’s classic 1935 thriller and John Buchan’s 1915 novel made a conscious decision when transfering this play to the London stage, following its move from the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She decided to tickle the sensibilities of her audience, playing on a characteristic mixture of London courtesy and impatience in sketching a social caricature that is both tongue-in-cheek and charmingly nostalgic.
The result is The 39 Steps – a rollicking and breathless adventure that trails the tweedy Richard Hannay (John Hopkins) as he is pursued by police from his genteel London apartment to the rugged Scottish Highlands for a crime that he did not commit.
The triumph of the play is its ingenuity in maximising a minimal stage set with a slap-stick Fawlty Towers style of physical comedy that is still snappy enough to pull off mime, shadow puppetry and recurrent use of the same props.
The 39 Steps has a haphazard and raffish feel to it – as if it were put together in under 20 minutes. It is no less loveable for it. Indeed, its strongest asset is its unpredictability and the sharp comic timing of its multi-talented cast.
Access description: Main entrance up a 15cm step from the pavement, through swing doors. All staircases have handrails on both sides and steps are highlighted. From the foyer there are 25 steps down and then 6 up to the Upper Circle; 32 steps down to the Dress Circle (1 step between rows); 51 steps donw to the Stalls.
Sound Amplification: Loop system available in all parts of the auditorium.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Staff are available to dog sit for 2 dogs per performance in the theatre manager’s office.
Disabled Access: Wheelchair/scooter users should inform the Box Office in advance and come to the entrance in Jermyn Street, to the left of the stage door. There is a slight slope with handrails on both sides to the back of the Upper Circle. 2 spaces for wheelchair users next to C20. You cannot see a small part of the stage. Scooter users can access the venue, but have to be transferred. Transfer seating is available for wheelchair users and 1 scooter to aisle seats in Upper and Dress Circles. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
Toilets: Men’s and women’s at Dress Circle and Stalls.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet on your right on the way to the Upper Circle from the Jermyn Street entrance